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

Reading The Bible In And With The Church

  It is important to understand that Sola Scriptura for the Reformers did not mean that one should interpret Scripture alone, individualistically, and apart from the historic Christian church.  Along those lines, I appreciate these words of Kevin Vanhoozer in Is There A Meaning in This Text?  “The church is the community dedicated to discovering… Continue reading Reading The Bible In And With The Church

Knowledge, Reason, and Theology

 I like this paragraph from Kevin Vanhoozer's Drama of Doctrine (p. 301). "Getting knowledge is more like plotting one's position with a set of maps than it is building a house on a foundation or catching fish in a net.  Theological cartography is a dramatic exercise of holy reason.  Reason is holy not in the sense… Continue reading Knowledge, Reason, and Theology

Following Maps

"Knowing is neither a matter of building foundations nor of weaving webs but of following maps.  'Following maps' is a better image because it recognizes the priority of the canonical text and its relationship to reality - just these maps - over one's use or reading of it.  Moreover the drama of doctrine is precisely… Continue reading Following Maps

God’s Mission: Getting Dirty Hands in a Far Country

I really enjoyed Christianity and the Postmodern Turn when I read it about 5 years ago in seminary.  The book contains six different Christian views of postmodernity.  I learned tons from each chapter, but Kevin Vanhoozer's was closest to my own "postmodern" thinking.  His chapter is called "Pilgrim's Digress: Christian Thinking on and about the Post/Modern Way."  Here's… Continue reading God’s Mission: Getting Dirty Hands in a Far Country