Open Mic Thread 24

Mic

The open mic thread is where you have the floor and can raise or discuss issues of your choice. There is no such thing as off-topic here. The comments of this thread are free for you to:

  • Discuss things that you have been reading/listening to/watching recently
  • Share interesting links
  • Share stimulating discussions in comment threads
  • Ask questions
  • Put forward a position for more general discussion
  • Tell us about yourself and your interests
  • Publicize your blog, book, conference, etc.
  • Draw our intention to worthy thinkers, charities, ministries, books, and events
  • Post reviews
  • Suggest topics for future posts
  • Use as a bulletin board
  • Etc.

Over to you!

Earlier open mic threads: 123456, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2122, 23.

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Podcast: Lament and the Church

Mere FidelityThe latest Mere Fidelity podcast is now online. This week Derek, Matt, Andrew, and I are joined by Todd Billings, who recently authored Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling With Incurable Cancer & Life in Christ. I particularly enjoyed recording this week’s podcast and would love to hear your thoughts.

You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed.

Posted in Christian Experience, Podcasts, Theological | 2 Comments

The Politics of Abraham’s Foreskin

I have a new post up on Political Theology Today:

The raw physicality of the covenant sign may come as a shock to those with delicate sensibilities. Perhaps it is for this reason that this week’s lection elides the part of the passage that speaks of it. Yet the fact that this foundational text pays so much attention to the foreskin of Abraham and to the womb of Sarah is a matter worthy of reflection. In opening the womb of Sarah and claiming Abraham’s flesh and sexual agency with the rite of circumcision, the bodies of Abraham, Sarah, and their descendants came to bear and to perpetuate covenant meaning.

As Paul Kahn has observed, the story of Abraham in Genesis punctures a liberal myth of the separation of private and public, of sex and politics.[1] God’s claiming of the flesh and sexual agency of Abraham and Sarah ensures that the intergenerational project of the family can be one that sustains covenant purpose and identity and yields the promise that Abraham and Sarah will become a great nation. Sexual relations—on account of their procreative potential—are a vocation in service of a higher public purpose, turned towards the task of (re)producing covenantal and societal meaning. It is out of the love and calling of the family that politics grows: the promise of the nation cannot be detached from the claiming of the foreskin and the opening of the womb. Those who refused the covenant claim upon their sexual organ were excluded from the covenant project (v.14).

Read the whole thing here.

Posted in Bible, Genesis, Guest Post, OT, Politics, Sex and Sexuality, Society | 3 Comments

Podcast: Our Culture of Public Shaming

Mere FidelityThe latest Mere Fidelity podcast has gone online. This week, Derek Rishmawy, Andrew Wilson, Matt Lee Anderson, and I discuss the contemporary culture of public shaming. We take our starting point in Jon Ronson’s New York Times Magazine article, ‘How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life’ and also reference Jonathan Chait’s recent piece, ‘Not A Very P.C. Thing To Say’. Lots of controversial things are said within this one, so I will be interested to hear your comments, either here or over on Mere Orthodoxy.

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Review of Beale and Kim’s ‘God Dwells Among Us’

My review of G.K. Beale and Mitchell Kim’s book, God Dwells Among Us went up earlier today over on The Gospel Coalition website.

God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth found its genesis in Greg Beale’s earlier book The Temple and the Church’s Mission (IVP Academic, 2004). Within that volume, Beale (professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia) provided a rigorous and compelling treatment of the biblical themes of tabernacle and temple. Mitchell Kim (lead pastor of Living Water Alliance Church outside Chicago) later developed Beale’s rich theological argument into a seven-part sermon series, which he condensed yet further into a conference seminar.

God Dwells Among Us converts these sermons back into a more expanded written format, interspersed with material from the original book. The result is a work that has the pedagogical focus and practical force of a sermon series while displaying theological depth any interested reader should find rewarding and, at various points, even exhilarating.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted in Bible, Guest Post, My Reading, NT, OT, Reviews, The Church, Theological, Worship | 1 Comment

Open Mic Thread 23

Mic

The open mic thread is where you have the floor and can raise or discuss issues of your choice. There is no such thing as off-topic here. The comments of this thread are free for you to:

  • Discuss things that you have been reading/listening to/watching recently
  • Share interesting links
  • Share stimulating discussions in comment threads
  • Ask questions
  • Put forward a position for more general discussion
  • Tell us about yourself and your interests
  • Publicize your blog, book, conference, etc.
  • Draw our intention to worthy thinkers, charities, ministries, books, and events
  • Post reviews
  • Suggest topics for future posts
  • Use as a bulletin board
  • Etc.

Over to you!

Earlier open mic threads: 123456, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.

Posted in Open Mic | 109 Comments

Podcast: Living Through the Church’s Exile

Mere FidelityOn the latest Mere Fidelity podcast, I join Derek Rishmawy, Matt Lee Anderson, and Andrew Wilson to discuss the rhetoric of the Church being in ‘exile’ or entering into ‘winter’. As background reading for the discussion, you may want to start with the following pieces:

Carl Trueman, ‘A Church for Exiles’
Andrew Wilson, ‘Witness, Winsomeness, and Winter’
Matt Lee Anderson, ‘Writing as Though History Happened: On Being Countercultural Christians’

Listen to the podcast itself here.

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