theology

Warning: Hermeneutics may cause World War III

Hermeneutics - how we know what something means - is a subject that gave me a lot of frustration at Bible college, and continues to plague me. Hermeneutics classes generated far more heat than light; I came away at the end of the course not with answers but with a better class of questions. You go around and around in circles: How are we supposed to read the Bible, and who says? How do we determine the interpretation of a difficult verse, and who has the final say? Read more about Warning: Hermeneutics may cause World War III


Transformational Evangelism

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I came across an idea when I was at mission HQ which seems enticing; that Christian witness should not just transform lives but have a transformative effect on society as a whole. Crime rates would fall, marriages would stay together, education would improve, all because there were active Christians witnessing in the area. It’s a good idea, but with the new nenkan coming out, I decided to do a little bit of thinking. Read more about Transformational Evangelism





On non-disparagement and protest

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H asked this morning what my New Year's resolutions were. I said something about getting more fresh air - I was careful to word it that way instead of committing myself to “exercise”… - but I have another one that I didn't mention because I wasn't sure about it, and it's going to be difficult. But what's life without challenge and accountability: My New Year's resolution, aside from getting more fresh air, is to stop disparaging other Christians in blog posts.





A Transactional Jesus

When I was at Bible college, we did an essay for the leadership course on “transformational and transactional leadership in the life of Jesus”. To define those terms a bit, transactional leadership is leadership which sets conditions and rewards to get a goal done. Tell the men that if build this ship for you, you will pay them. Transformational leadership is that which inspires a team to want what you want. Teach the men, as Saint-Exupery put it, “to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” In transformational leadership, the team is the real end product; even if you don't build the ship, you may well have built the men.