Theology

Paul and His Theology

One of the books that I’ve been reading for a paper this semester is Paul and His Theology. It’s a collection of essays from various scholars on, as you have brilliantly deduced, various aspects of Pauline theology. In fact, I would love to own a copy of this book, but because it is published by Brill, it’s outrageously expensive. $196 for a single book? I don’t think so. Not even Amazon offers this bank-busting volume at their signature discounted rate! I could, however, get a used copy for a mere $192!

Guess I’ll pass on this one.

Or, maybe Jim will buy a copy for me–he’ll do anything to support Brill! :-)

Αυτω η δοξα

More from Timothy Ward

I’ve been reading Timothy Ward’s Words of Life: Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God and it is a great book. It’s taken quite some time to read through it, not because it is difficult reading, only I have had any number of things conflict with my designated reading time lately. I should have a review posted by early next week.

Ward makes many memorable comments (some of which will be included in the review), but I wanted to share one I found interesting.

He says

“Right and healthy doctrine cannot always be read easily off the pages of Scripture, but instead has to be worked for.” p. 114

Theological fruit does not usually come but from the toil of exegesis.

Αυτω η δοξα,

Jason

Predicted Results

Following the lead of others (HT–Nick and Polycarp), I caved to curiosity and took the quiz to see what tradition I would line up with. I predicted rightly, which is no surprise.

(100%) 1: Baptist (Reformed/Particular/Calvinistic)
(82%) 2: Congregational/United Church of Christ
(66%) 3: Presbyterian/Reformed
(64%) 4: Baptist (non-Calvinistic)/Plymouth Brethren/Fundamentalist
(63%) 5: Church of Christ/Campbellite
(55%) 6: Methodist/Wesleyan/Nazarene
(50%) 7: Seventh-Day Adventist
(46%) 8: Anglican/Episcopal/Church of England
(45%) 9: Lutheran
(36%) 10: Pentecostal/Charismatic/Assemblies of God
(34%) 11: Anabaptist (Mennonite/Quaker etc.)
(24%) 12: Eastern Orthodox
(24%) 13: Roman Catholic

The eschatology question did not offer a choice that fits my present thinking, so I chose the closest one.

Take the quiz here.

Αυτω η δοξα,

Jason

Rapture, millennium, tribulation

I’ve been trying to find a place to make a permanent dwelling within the various camps on these issues, at least as permanent as future research and contemplation will allow. Not that one’s beliefs on these issues are overly important, but I like to be settled, at least to some degree. I’m interested in where you stand on these issues (remember: if you don’t get the right combo, you won’t go to heaven!).

My thoughts currently place me in the following:

  • Rapture: post-tribulation
  • Millennium: historic premill.
  • Tribulation: the church will go through the great tribulation

Αυτω η δοξα,

Jason

Out of the mouths of babes: Second Coming Edition

I was driving home this afternoon with my daughter in the backseat, and I don’t exactly recall what prompted the question, but she asked something about Jesus. The following discussion ensued (though somewhat modified–I don’t remember the precise wording).

Leah: “Daddy, where is Jesus right now?”

Me: “He’s in heaven with God.”

Leah: “But I don’t see him. Where is heaven?”

Me: “Heaven is far away from us, so we can’t see Jesus right now. But one day he will come back to earth.”

Leah: “God and Jesus will come to earth?”

Me: “Yes, Jesus will come back to earth and make everything new.”

Leah: “But how will he get here? Who will help him fly to earth?”

Me: “He won’t need any help; he will just come down to earth.”

Leah: “He won’t need any help to fly? But how will he get here?”

Me: “He will just come down to earth. He doesn’t need any help to get here.”

Leah: “But won’t he need an astronaut suit?”

Me: (audible laugh) “No, he won’t need any suit to come back to earth.”

We continued to “dialogue” about Jesus making all things new, about finally getting to see Jesus, and about how God does not have a body (yeah, you should have seen the look that comment drew–priceless!). Though our conversations about God and Jesus are quite humorous, there is a tremendous sense of responsibility that is inherent in how I discuss these things. Not only am I trying to satisfy the questions of a young mind, but I am, as an instrument in God’s hands, molding and shaping a young heart and mind, preparing her for the day when she will be aware of the sin that alienates us from God and the redemption that is offered in Christ.

What tremendous joy and responsibility they are, and there is no inquiry like that of a young mind.

Αυτω η δοξα,

Jason