Archive for July 2010

Edification — New Issue

The latest issue of Edification (4:1), the journal of the Society for Christian Psychology is now available online.

The lead discussion article is:
“Forming the Performers: How Christians Can Use Canon Sense to Bring Us to Our (Theodramatic) Senses” by Kevin Vanhoozer.

It is followed by 8 responses:

The Parts We Play: Anthropology and Application to Expand Vanhoozer’s Proposal
Chuck DeGroat

Forming the Performers: Canon Sense and “Common Sense”
Stephen P. Greggo

Positive Psychology and Vanhoozer’s Theodramatic Model of Flourishing
Charles H. Hackney

Theodrama: A Means to Truthful Thinking
Nicolene Joubert

“The Play’s Not the Thing”
Michael Pakaluk

Formation through Grace and Truth
Theresa Clement Tisdale

Canon Sense Needs Five Senses, Which Need Canon Sense: Science, Drama, and Comprehensive Psychological Understandings
Alan C. Tjeltveit

Behind the Mask
Léon Turner

New Blog!

Come one! Come all! Dr. Roger Olson over at Baylor has started a blog! Check it out here.

August Reading

Here’s what I’m reading in August:

The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist. By Craig Groeschel

Women in the World of the Earliest Christians: Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life.
By Lynn Cohick.

Taliesin. By Stephen Lawhead

Anne Rice: “Quitting” Christianity

Supposedly Anne Rice has decided to “quit” Christianity. Quotes from the article:

Random Blog Posts and Stuff

Pastor Mack asks the question: Can a pastor commit adultery with culture?


Marc Cortez has posted a very useful video explaining Markan Priority. I wonder if Dr. Olmstead had shown this in class if I would have ended up being more accepting of Markan Priority?

Chaplain Mike over at Internet Monk has post where he seeks to define Evangelical and Post-Evangelical. An excerpt:

As a post-evangelical, I have not departed from evangelical doctrine. I love Jesus. I treasure the Gospel. My heart and life have been captured by the grace of God in Christ. I fully embrace and gladly own the name “evangelical” in this sense. David Bebbington’s classic 1989 study Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980, identifies four main qualities which describe evangelical convictions and attitudes:

* Biblicism, a high view of the Bible
* Crucicentrism, a focus on the atoning work of Christ on the cross
* Conversionism, the belief that sinful human beings need to be converted
* Activism, the belief that faith should be expressed in effort.

Though I would want to clarify my beliefs in these areas, and though I would say that these four statements in and of themselves are inadequate, they do accurately describe a few key elements of my basic stance as a Christian.

An example of a completely unapproachable Jesus:

Gearing Up for the Canadian Christianity Series

Hopefully the Canadian Christianity Series will be up and running starting Monday. But, for now, here’s a taste of what’s to come:

Canadian Christianity Series

Part One: An Introduction — The “Meh” Factor, eh?
Part Two: Highlighting Canadian Christian Blogs
Part Three: Canadian Christianity and Film — An Interview
Part Four: American Christians in Canada — Their Perspective
Part Five: Contemporary Christian Music — Canada Style

also to come…
The emerging Church in Canada
Multi-Cultural Christianity: A Case Study
Canadian Christians and Missions/Humanitarian Aid
Canadian Christians and Politics

Captain Picard on Sesame Street

Because I’m feeling geeky today…

Canadians on American Christianity

Mike Bell over at Internet Monk has a fabulous post about Canadians peaking in on American Christianity and Patriotism:

Canadians and Americans are in many ways joined at the hip. Over half a trillion dollars in trade crosses the border between our two countries each year. Eighty percent of Canadian exports are consumed by Americans. When America sneezes, the world catches a cold, and Canada goes into cardiac arrest. (This most recent recession being the exception!)

Our airwaves are bombarded by American signals. American programming fills our T.V. sets. American music saturates our radios. It is not surprising that the Christian voice that is heard loudest and most often is the American Christian voice.

The voice that we hear is not the moderate Christian voice, it is the bombastic, outrageous, extreme voice. The voice that tells us that Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment, or that the earthquake in Haiti was because of a pact with the Devil.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe that there are many moderate American Christians. I read their comments on Internet Monk all the time. Their voice is starting to get stronger with advocates like Tony Campolo, Rick Warren, and Willow Creek. So maybe the Canadian view will change over time. Right now, however, I believe that the Canadian response to Patriotic American Christianity is one of the reasons why Canadian expressions of Christianity has become withdrawn and quiet. We end up having to spend a lot of time and energy to show that “We are not like that.”

I’ve been working on a “Canadian Christianity Series” that should be posted, hopefully, next week. Stay tuned!

Motivational Monday

New Book — Old Testament

New book by Dr. Eric Ortlund, Theophany and Chaoskampf: The Interpretation of Theophanic Imagery in the Baal Epic, Isaiah, and the Twelve. Available from Gorgias Press.

Book Blurb, from the publisher:

The imagery of thunder and lightning, fire and earthquake which attends YHWH’s theophany in Old Testament poetic texts has most often been interpreted as a series of metaphors in biblical scholarship. This work applies insights from recent work in metaphor theory and myth theory—especially with regard to the hermeneutics of the symbol in a metaphorical utterance and a mythic narrative—to argue that this traditional interpretation of poetic theophanic imagery is mistaken, and that these texts make better exegetical sense when understood against the background of the ANE myth of the defeat of chaos. The most important West Semitic version of this myth, the Baal Epic, is examined in order to show the dimensions of this ANE mythic narrative and the use of symbols in it. Metaphorical and mythic frameworks are then applied to various texts from Isaiah and the twelve Minor Prophets in order to show that a metaphorical interpretation of poetic theophanic texts fails to do justice both to their internal unity and their larger contribution to the books in which they are now found. This work thus continues the application of metaphor and myth theory to biblical texts already occurring in biblical studies, as well as providing a new template for interpreting poetic theophanic texts.

Series: Gorgias Ugaritic Studies 5
Availability: In Print
ISBN: 978-1-61719-160-2
Availability: In_Print
Publication Date: 5/2010
Language: English
Format: Hardback, Black, 6 x 9 in
Pages: 323