Category Archives: Protestant

Beyond Friendship Evangelism.

Mark van Steenwijk writes, “Intentional friend-­making” is different than “friendship evangelism” because the goal of friendship evangelism is to share your faith with your existing friends. I highly encourage that. That is a great thing. But the problem is that … Continue reading

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Arminius on Foreknowledge and Predestination

By Thomas Jay Oord. Although some Christians have heard of the great Dutch theologian, Jacob Arminius, few know much about him. Two new books aim to change this. At the November 2013 American Academy of Religion meeting in Baltimore, I’m … Continue reading

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Literal thinking falls over early….

Genesis, creation, and two very different portraits of God (or, you can’t pin God down) November 17, 2013 By Peter Enns Marc Zvi Brettler, Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Literature at Brandeis University, and also one of my co-authors on … Continue reading

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   Bonhoeffer and leadersip……

Bonhoeffer’s critique of leadership On the weekend I’ll be presenting a paper at a colloquium on interfaith persepectives on leadership. My paper (representing the Protestant tradition) is on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theological critique of leadership in Life Together. Here’s an excerpt from the conclusion: … Continue reading

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Preaching as a sacrament.

I was supposed to do a bit of travelling today, but the recent fall of snow has put a stop to the idea. So, instead I have settled down to continue my longterm theological project of reading Karl Barth’s Church … Continue reading

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Women….. that old chestnut, and why.

I spent four days last week with over a hundred Pastors and leaders from my own tribe, the Church of the Nazarene. It was excellent, and the general theme was renewal of mind, body and spirit. Chick Yuill was the … Continue reading

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My recent visit to Belfast.

I have been quite reluctant to write anything about my recent trip to Belfast. I have had to process pretty much the whole week there, deciding whether anything written would add or negate anything that happened there over the years. … Continue reading

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