Reclaiming Paul Conference – Post 2

Day 1 – Partial premise of our gathering.

I’d like to think that I am going to come back and fix these notes but given my track record, I probably won’t. So these posts will be rough, and serve the purpose of reporting to the handful of my friends who wished they were here.

This was said in the opening of Mike Grossman’s presentation. Like most, I appreciate the context.
Why Reclaim Paul?
1. The Proof-texting that has gone with Paul
2. Privatization of Paul
    – those that have turned Paul into only being concerned with the individual/personal salvation only.
3. The primarization of Paul – what it means to be Protestant, Christian and not Catholic
    – The need for a more ecumenical Paul
4. De-privatization of Paul, De-Protestantation of Paul
    – Number of post-liberal, post-conservatives who feel they own Paul.
5. Paradigm shift – a number of scholars have shown interest in Paul. (He is in vogue)

He went on to say that there are a number of similarities of between Paul and us. He and others would continue also to emphasize the number of differences as well. Both were important discussions.
1. Pagan idolatry
2. Multicultural world with competing ideologies
3. living in a time of great ethnic conflict
4. Competing soteriology
5. The offer of Imperial Reality
     In what sense do we living in an imperial context and how does that affect our reading of Paul?

For more check out Jake’s Bouma first post, Erik’s day 1 post, Daniel Kirk’s, and of course, Steve Knight’s post on the Emergent Village blog.

Reclaiming Paul Conference – Post 1

 For my friends who were interested in the Reclaiming Paul  Conference here at Jacob’s Well, in Kansas City.  Very  interesting stuff. It’s impossible for me to live blog this but I  have something even better for you.  

 Follow Daniel Kirk on his twitter for the play by play. I’m not  kidding, it’s play by play.  Homeboy is a freak. 

 Also, Jake Bouma has some kind of audio streaming going  here.  he  also has a post that lists who’s  blogging/twittering.  He  said  he’s not sure about the  quality but I’d give it a go.  He’s sitting pretty close and the  room is amplified well.  Also, check out my new friend, Erik  Ullestad’s blog “godisnowhere”.

Photo is of Mike Gorman, first plenary speaker and he entiled it, “Reclaiming Paul – An Invitation”.  Will try to post my notes soon.

reflecting on a Multi-Faceted Gospel

One book I thought I would have read by now is Scot McKnight’s A Community Called Atonement and this CT article entitled, “A Multi-Faceted Gospel” reminded me that I need to read it soon.

Here are some exerts:

“…Plurality does not equal pluralism. The ancient creeds, echoing 1 Corinthians 15, say that for our sake Jesus was crucified, buried, and on the third day rose again. God’s people have been reflecting on these declarations ever since. We will never exhaust their implications, whether expressed as “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life,” or “I once was lost, but now am found.”

(this one is my favorite) – “Evangelicals needn’t be afraid of new approaches to the gospel—the church has been coming up with them for centuries. We managed to get through 1,900 years of Christian history without the Four Spiritual Laws and the bridge diagram. The formula of “accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior” is also fairly recent. And what worked in the post–World War II context might not be appropriate in the early 21st century. Many people today have different questions, assumptions, and concerns.”

“Hence, we need variety and creativity in our gospel witness. A chorus of voices from N. T. Wright and Dallas Willard to Allen Wakabayashi and Brian McLaren calls us to rediscover the kingdom of God. Scot McKnight tells a story about the restoration of cracked eikons (image-bearers). ”


For full article, click here

Westminster suspends Enns – lame.

I have not yet read this book, looks like I will now though.   But being here at Biblical Sem., where Pete adjuncts, I have received a good bit of background on this story.  Come on now, Westminster, let’s keep up with the reformed tradition and have an open mind.  But this is part of the problem with too many in the reformed tradition.  They have found it all and from my vantage point they’re understanding of theology has already arrived. This is lame (Links to Christianity Today report).Here’s some of it:

  “Two of the hottest issues in evangelical theology right now are the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament and evangelical textual criticism. Peter Enns’s 2005 book, Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament, aimed to pose difficult questions about the human aspects of Scripture. It received both praise and criticism from noted evangelical scholars.


And it made things difficult for Enns at his school, Philadelphia’s Westminster Theological Seminary. A battle over whether the book undermined or contradicted the Westminster Confession of Faith has been raging for some time now, and apparently came to a head Wednesday at the meeting of the school’s board, which decided to suspend Enns.” 

N.T. Wright on Resurrection

N. T. Wright on Resurrection


At the National Pastors Conference in San Diego,’s Brian Lowery got to interview N. T. Wright about his latest book—Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church—and how it relates to preaching. Since we are all in the midst of the Easter journey, his words are timely, challenging, and above all else, hopeful.