Stretched Between Two Poles

 In the pages between the hunter-orange covers of Kevin Vanhoozer’s book, The Drama of Doctrine, there is some excellent biblical theology.  Andrew and I have both benefited from this book in several ways.  Here’s a quote from page 111 that talks about how Christians are ultimately citizens of the age to come who (for now)… Continue reading Stretched Between Two Poles

Natural Law and Two Kingdoms in Reformed History

When I was in college, I had a class on "spiritual formation" that was basically a huge dose of medieval mysticism with just a touch of English puritanism.  (I've wondered since then if this teacher of mine knew what the English Puritans said about Rome!)  Since the class was de-forming my "spirituality" (I did NOT… Continue reading Natural Law and Two Kingdoms in Reformed History

Deep Church (Brief Review)

Yesterday I had the pleasure of reading Jim Belcher's Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional (Downers Grove: IVP, 2009).  I just learned about it a few weeks ago and after checking it out on Amazon, I thought I should get it since I enjoy reading 21st century books about "church."  I've read quite a bit… Continue reading Deep Church (Brief Review)

Hauerwas: Theses on Christian Ethics

 In The Hauerwas Reader, edited by John Berkman and Michael Cartwright, there is an essay of Stanley Hauerwas from 1981 called "Reforming Christian Social Ethics: Ten Theses."  I'm not a pacifist (but I hate war and love peace), nor am I "with" Hauerwas in every way, but a lot of the stuff he says is… Continue reading Hauerwas: Theses on Christian Ethics