(Re-) Forging a New Vocational Identity: the “Pastor-Theologian” (Part 1)

As soon as I read Douglas Sweeney’s article, “A Call and Agenda for Pastor-Theologians,” I shared it on Facebook wall with the comment: “Why I am doing a PhD.” What I meant is that the vocational vision of the “pastor-theologian” is one of the most compelling motivations for my current endeavors as a doctoral student…

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Captivated and Captured by Gospel Theology

I cannot get enough of it.  Theology.  I am willingly drowning in it.  I lose sleep over it.  I am sacrificing a great deal of money to learn more of it.  The “tolle lege” that rang in Augustine’s ear echoes in mine.  And the more I take up and read, the more intrigued, mystified, entranced…

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So Augustine, Calvin and Barth are at the Pearly Gates…

My pastor here in England told me a good theological joke (yes, there is such a thing). Augustine, Calvin and Karl Barth are standing before the Pearly Gates, awaiting entrance into heaven.  Augustine’s name is called and he goes in.  A half hour later he returns.  Overjoyed, he reports that he has conversed with God…

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CD VI.1 57-59

I have just finished reading 350 pages of Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics.  That would feel like an accomplishment were it not for the fact that the entire work weighs out at 9000 pages.  So after the past week or so of slugging through Volume VI, Part 1, Sections 57 through 59, I have read less…

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All of Christ for All of Us

Andy is across the pond, reading Calvin, drinking coffee and writing about it. I’ve enjoyed his posts immensely because I really like hearing Calvin from Calvin (which is often different than a macho, hearsay kind of Calvinism that floats around American evangelicalism, by the way…). I remember being told that Calvin’s Institutes can be some…

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Karl Barth and ‘Hopeful Realism’

I am reading Church Dogmatics VI.1, sections 57-59, and I just had a moment.  Okay, I have all sorts of great moments in reading Barth so far, but something that stood out this morning is the comment below.  The reason it struck me is because the hopeful orientation of the Christian to the incoming (and…

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Hans Frei on Doctrine + Works

As noted in an earlier post, I am reading a lot by Hans Frei, a postliberal theologian associated with “the Yale School.” He has a lot to teach us. I really appreciate the quotes below. The context is his argument that to affirm the identity and presence of Jesus is to affirm the inseparable unity…

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The Doctrine of the Trinity and Pastoral Ministry

Joel Busby here. The other (though largely absent!) contributor to this blog… I’m in my final semester of seminary at Beeson Divinity School. I’ve also officially begun leadership of University Christian Fellowship at Mountain Brook Community Church — where Andy and I served together prior to his move to the UK. For me, the collision of…

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What I am reading (if that sounds of interest)

Since doctoral work and writing entails a great deal of reading, and since some people check the blog presumably because they are also bibliophiles committed to the discipline of reading good stuff, I thought I would provide a list of the books I am now in the process of working through.  They are a strange,…

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