Online Theological Discourse [2]: Wisdom from the 17th Century

This post is part of series we are calling “Ethics for Online Theological Discourse.”  Here are the preceding posts: Intro; [1] the dangers of the screen-to-screen mode of communication. So Andy was kind of enough to invite me to blog with him. I’m grateful. I tend to be an all-over-the-place thinker, so the subjects of…

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More from Barth on Church Unity

In a recent post I commented on a couple of lectures Karl Barth made for the 1937 Edinburgh World Conference on Faith and Order.  These lectures are published in Karl Barth, The Church and the Churches (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005).  Here are a few more thoughts…. In his third lecture, “The Union of the…

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Ethics for Online Theological Discourse (Learning from “the Rob Bell thing”)

COMING SOON: Beginning next week I will begin crafting posts centered around the theme “Toward an Ethic for Online Theological Discourse.”  I have heard N.T. Wright call for some serious thinking about an ethic for blogging, a call that any of us who are presuming we have something to say publicly within the cyber realm …

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Heaven & Bell: Joel Busby on “The Rob Bell Thing”

  I am avoiding any comments on the whole controversy erupting across the blogosphere re: Rob Bell until I actually read his book.  But I really appreciated this post by my friend and co-worker Joel Busby.  Good stuff.  And I pretty much agree with his preliminary take on all the goings on related to Bell’s…

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The Cover’s Designer chimes in…

In a recent post a wrote I presented an interpretation of the cover design in Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint.  I was so thrilled when I noticed that Cindy Kiple, the cover’s designer, actually offered a comment!  It kind of felt as though someone famous entered the cyber-stage unexpectedly.  Though you could…

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Post SBL (2): What Biblical Scholars can Learn from Pastors

Perhaps it is timely that I waited so long for this post.  Two other posts in the blogosphere have helped sharpen my thinking a bit.  Gerald Hiestand with the Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology wrote on article for On the Square, a blog for First Things to which Scott McKnight has brilliantly responded…

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Post-SBL (1): What Pastoral Ministry Can Learn From Academia

My experience attending the annual gatherings of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) have been both thrilling and daunting.  Daunting because there is so much about the Bible and its contexts and languages that I do not know.  Thrilling because I am eager to learn as much as possible.  Daunting because the Powerful and the…

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