Monday, June 16, 2008

interesting article from RELEVANT

Here's a neat article from RELEVANT magazine... or at least some of the article. RELEVANT gathered together eight "leading Christian voices to chime in on seven burning issues facing our generation." Those voices are Steve Brown, Shane Claiborne, Chuck Colson, Cindy Jacobs, Brian McLaren, Nancy Ortberg, Jim Wallis, and N. T. Wright. 
While the full article in the magazine poses this panel with seven topics, the website preview only offers one of the seven: homosexuality. 

It's nice to see some "heavy-weights" in contemporary Christianity presented point-blank with such issues. It's interesting how much of their responses (at least on the one issue online, of homosexuality) is spent dodging the issue. This is not unexpected, but I wonder if it is appropriate. It's also interesting to see what overtly political assertions some of these "heavy-weights" are willing to make here. 

Check out the article preview, and if you're hungry for more, see this month's issue of RELEVANT

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

a quote

The temptation for Christians in modernity is to equate the kingdom with ideals that we assume represent the best of human endeavor: freedom, equality, justice, respect for the dignity of each person. These are all worthy goals that Christians have every reason to support, but goals that are not in themselves the kingdom. To equate these ideals with the kingdom is to separate the kingdom from the one who proclaims the kingdom. "Jesus is Himself the established Kingdom of God" (Barth). Or in Origen's classical phrase, Jesus is the autobasileia--the kingdom in person.

Hauerwas, Matthew, Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible