Theology

Cooperative Ministry in the New Testament

The New Testament features many examples of cooperative ministry between churches. Paul commissioned Luke to help the Philippians for a period of time and he also took up offerings from Christians in Asia and other places to help the church in Jerusalem. I have a new article in the 9 Marks journal online that details some of this material. To see my article, go here   Share this post:Tweet

Is Christianity Today the New Christian Century?

Mark Galli of Christianity Today has just published an assessment of Rob Bell's theology. While he offers some critique, his evaluation is largely affirmative. Even the little aside comments in his analysis are actually kind of scary. In the opening paragraph he writes of Bell, “He believes the Bible is authoritative at some level–that is, he always tries to understand his life in light of his reading of the Bible.” Does that sound like the [...]

The Real Meaning of Easter

Easter, or better, the Paschal celebration, is nearly upon us. What is the real meaning of Easter? Christian people in our churches often have a distorted understanding of eschatology. The common idea that has been communicated by our classical hymnody and much preaching and teaching in our churches is that when you die, you go to heaven. And that is true, as far as it goes. But that does not go far enough. In the [...]

Donald George Bloesch, 1928-2010

Donald Bloesch went to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 24, 2010. My interest in him goes back several decades, but his work on theological method was the subject of my Ph.D. dissertation in 1998. Bloesch was trained at the University of Chicago Divinity School and was a theologian in the United Church of Christ. He should have been a Process theologian, or at least a liberal in the old fashioned way of a Harry [...]