Arhivele lunare: mai 2009

A self-given birthday present

Well, it’s not exactly a self-given present, as it comes from Justin Taylor’s blog, Theologica. I’m happy to read a wonderful interview with Kevin Vanhoozer of…Wheaton (yes, it’s now official).

The subjects Vanhoozer touches on in the interview will be familiar to most of his readers: his concern for theological interpretation of the Bible; fitting, biblically rooted and theologically informed cultural engagement, „healing” the biblical studies – dogmatics divide, still very much prevalent in the academia, nurturing our imaginations (which, argues Vanhoozer, evangelicals, by and large, lack).

He also talks about two of his forthcoming books (2010): Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship, to be published by Cambridge University Press in their Studies in Christian Doctrine series.  „It is a sustained reflection on the claim that God speaks to us and that we speak to God. I develop a communicative or dialogical theism that develops its understanding of the God-world relationship largely out of the biblical depictions of human-divine conversation..” Looking forward to that!

His second book, Pictures at a Biblical Exhibition: Theological Scenes of the Church’s Worship, Witness, and Wisdom, will be published by InterVarsity Press (notice the clever intertextual reference to Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an exhibition) is „a collection of essays that attempts to make what I’ve been working on over the past few years a bit more accessible–hence „scenes” rather than the big picture. I argue that we need to recover a biblically rooted, theologically formed imagination for the sake of the church’s worship, witness, and wisdom. If a picture has indeed held the evangelical church captive, then this book could be seen as an exercise in liberation theology!


My (25 year old) heart is filled with thankfulness

My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2003 Thankyou Music

My heart is filled with thankfulness
To Him who bore my pain;
Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace
And gave me life again;
Who crushed my curse of sinfulness
And clothed me in His light
And wrote His law of righteousness
With pow’r upon my heart.

My heart is filled with thankfulness
To Him who walks beside;
Who floods my weaknesses with strength
And causes fears to fly;
Whose ev’ry promise is enough
For ev’ry step I take,
Sustaining me with arms of love
And crowning me with grace.

My heart is filled with thankfulness
To him who reigns above,
Whose wisdom is my perfect peace,
Whose ev’ry thought is love.
For ev’ry day I have on earth
Is given by the King;
So I will give my life, my all,
To love and follow him.

Nature in bondage

Nature in bondage

„The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”

(Romans 8:20-21)

Flickr pics

For those interested, I have just updated my Flick account with fresh pics.

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Kevin Vanhoozer moving to Wheaton College (?) (!)

I’ve just checked Vanhoozer’s Wikipedia profile and noticed he is said to be joining the faculty of Wheaton College beginning with Fall 2009 as Blanchard Professor of Theology (the title of his position comes from Nick Norelli ‘s account). Does anyone know more about this? Can anyone confirm?

My admiration for KJV (no, not the King James Version) goes back quite a bit. In fact, my current research project at QUB focuses on his and Anthony Thiselton’s use of speech act theory in biblical interpretation with a special reference to the issue of ‘biblical authority’.

Extreme shepherding

I wonder how the youtube below might be ’translated’ in theological/eclessiological terms? 🙂
What do you think? Unleash your sanctified theological imagination and enjoy…

Shall we say this is a metaphor for the technologically savvy church or, more accurately, pastor(s)? Shall we say this is a metaphor for seeker-sensitive showy, spectacular (and, forgive my barbarism, spectatorial) church? I refrain from proposing a ’translation’ regarding the manipulated flock, the dogs, but feel free to imagine critically-constructive. 🙂
What shall we say of the marvelous achievement of portraying Mona Lisa? Come on, you must have some theology to read into that…
I could come up with more of such ’translations’, but this is just a wee bit to get you going. Now, go on!