Vocational Anxieties: Thinking through Individual and Corporate Callings

The main point of the previous post is that our calling is premised on the idea that Someone beyond ourselves speaks. Vocation is a divine summons. Go to the land that I will show you. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh.  Whatever I command you, you shall speak. Follow me.   Vocational Angst But…

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A Brief Theology of “Calling”

We are going to be thinking about calling and vocation here at Hopeful Realism. I’ve already offered an initial post on these themes: “Vocation as Pyrrhic Victory.” But what does “calling” actually refer to? The word “vocation” derives from the Latin vocatio, the base root of which is vox: “voice.” That’s important. Critically important. Christianity…

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Vocation as Pyrrhic Victory: Personal Notes on “Calling” and the Cross

Now begins a new series here at Hopeful Realism. We will be focusing on vocation (with some other stuff inserted from time to time). By vocation, I mean divine calling. Part of my own vocation seems to be wrestling with the idea of vocation, especially now that I am working overseas on a doctorate in…

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When A Sermon Mystifies more than Explains

I love preaching. It darn near kills me, but I love it. In trying to be a better preacher, I am thinking more intently and prayerfully about the practice and theology of this curious, holy, frightful, and joyful discipline. One of the temptations I have found in sermon preparation is that of providing a full…

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On Avoiding Kierkegaard’s Indictment of Christian Scholarship

Joel Busby, one of my co-bloggers, just sent me this quote from Søren Kierkegaard: “The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are…

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