In On Christian Doctrine, St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, promotes his view that the biggest error possible for an exegete can make is to take a figurative sign or narrative literally; to do so, betrays that one is only thinking in a “this worldly” carnal and nonspiritual sense and for Augustine is the root of idolatry and much error. The importance of this insight in my own personal theology, and its importance to Calvin’s view of the Eucharist, Luther’s ideas, etc. have made this, in my own opinion, arguably one of the strongest critiques of “human religion,” a powerful corrective […]
In The New Shape of World Christianity Mark Noll says “Christianity in its American form has indeed become very important for the world. But it has become important, not primarily because of direct influence.” In contrast to Noll, I feel the situation is far too complex for Noll’s theory of a separate American form and “American influence” to stand. The idea that a direct influence and an indirect influence matters, is some cause for debate. From the new forms of colonialism to globalization, American influence in world Christianity is very real. Form and Influence There is no single place is […]
A case-study is used by pastors and students to work out how they would deal with a difficult situation that may arise during their ministry. This is a case study I prepared for dealing with the death of a child in a terrible and tragic accident that also left the father temporarily mentally disabled.
I am no novice when it comes to all the forms of spiritual discipline that Richard Forester outlined decades ago in his Celebration of Discipline. But, the way I see pop spirituality going these days, it’s a useless exercise in vanity. “Nothing is New under the Sun” – Ecclesiastes 1.9 Now, I’ve experimented and mastered a whole lot more of the techniques and special methods than Forester Discusses or promotes. Right now, there is a fad of Contemplative prayer, before that it was the Jesus Prayer (Hesychasm in Greek), and ever since the people of Israel returned from Babylon there […]