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Enclave Theology and Social Identity

Mike Bird has a brief piece over here on the preva­lence of Enclave Theology: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/euangelion/2014/10/enclave-theology/ which relates back to the pre­vi­ous post on how labels are used in schol­ar­ship. He quotes from George Hunsinger By ‘enclave’ the­ol­o­gy, I mean a the­ol­o­gy based nar­row­ly in a sin­gle tra­di­tion that seeks not…

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Larry Hurtado on Labels in Scholarship

This morn­ing I noticed that Larry Hurtado has blogged on the preva­lence of reduc­tion­is­tic and entrenched camp labels and their usage in schol­ar­ship. I must say I couldn’t agree more with the sen­ti­ment and how poi­so­nous reduc­tion­is­tic and pejo­ra­tive labels can be. Both when they are used to shore up weak and…

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TGC on the Mars Hill Postmortem

Following on from the last post I see that TGC has their 4 points of Mars Hill Postmortem, over here: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2014/10/16/the-mars-hill-postmortem/ Their fourth point is rough­ly the point I was mak­ing in a cliff note form. I do encour­age you to read their first three points though. But per­haps most poignant…

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Pope Francis a Universalist? Perhaps.…

In the midst of oth­er world­wide the­o­log­i­cal furores, and local stuff with hereti­cal bish­ops and the like, it seems that even Pope Francis is tak­ing his share of the lime­light. According to the Huff this week Pope Francis strong­ly implied a uni­ver­sal­ist posi­tion with his state­ment: “The Lord has redeemed…

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A Levitical camp

If you were choos­ing a theme for your annu­al church camp, what would you choose? Maybe some­thing pas­toral like Ephesians, or some­thing encour­ag­ing like the Psalms per­haps? But I sus­pect it is pret­ty unlike­ly that you would choose the book of Leviticus! Well, this week­end we went away as a…

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A fun-draiser

Despite being under the weath­er this week, I stored up all my ener­gy on Friday so that I could go out to a fundrais­er din­ner with church. Two of our church mem­bers are head­ing to dif­fer­ent short-term mis­sion trips over the sum­mer and one of the gospel com­mu­ni­ties (small groups)…

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