theology

The Mystery of God, the Dove that Flies, the Joy of Being a Theologian...

(and) "How to Write a Theological Sentence"

"How to Write a Theological Sentence" was the essay by Stanley Hauerwas I read this morning. Well, I tried to read it. Because every pargraph in his essay DEMANDED that I stop reading... and reflect, write, dream, imagine, and engage. I am not exaggerating when I say this:

This essay may be one of the most important essays I have read in many (many) years.

Because I had to read, reflect, write, dream and so on - that meant I was doing what Sven Birkerts calls Deep Reading... a practice that has much in common with Lectio Divina. 

Essay and Reflection about Reformed Theology and the Spiritual Journey I Am On

Hi Everyone:

This is a MUCH longer blog post than what I typically write. And contrary to all advice, I have not done any work to make it more internet friendly and easier to read.

 

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I wanted to share with you a few thoughts about a very significant book I just finished. I actually bought it two years ago, and it has been sitting on my "to read shelf" (actually shelves) which I am making progress working through.

It is Life in God: John Calvin, Practical Formation and the Future of Protestant Theology by Matthew Boulton.

While this book is the stimulation for this reflection, the reflection goes much broader than the book.

Real Christian Living

Christian living is participation in God, in "the supreme loveliness of his nature."  Dane Ortlund


Among the greatest themes of the Christian life is that we are in Christ and Christ is in us. Union with Christ, Union with the Triune God. We participate in the life of the Trinity. True Christianity means the experience of God. There is the mystical aspect of our faith. We are caught up in something, or better SOMEONE who is infinitely wise and good. God is present with us and we are present with God. 

Psalm 139 is one of the Psalms that help us understand this sovereign and loving presence.

The Mystery of the Trinity

Mad is he who hopes that our reason can go down the infinite path taken by one substance in three persons. Be content, human kind, with the quia.  Dante, Purgatory, iii 34-37


I am a reasonably intelligent person (although I am quite capable of being a dunce at any given moment). I read substantial books in the fields of philosophy, theology, literature, history, spirituality, and leadership. I think (analyze, critique, synthesize) and reflect (pray, discern, imagine). I give quite a bit of my daily time to these activities.

I like to figure things out. 
Interpretation and discernment (making sense and meaning) and helping others understand and align to wisdom, is my vocation.

The Provocative God by Dan Lacich

The Provocative God, Dan LachichA Review and Recommendation

Here is a link to a book review I did on my Theoogy Blog - Ad Fontes. I wanted to provide this review for several different audiences, so today's post is a link to the review. 

The Provocative God: A Review and Recommendation.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org

 

This Week's Musing on Theology

Visit my Blog - Ad Fontes, to see this week's musings on theology.

Why We Need Theology
Sin as an Assault on Truth
The Humble and Hearty Lovers of God
Augustine on Humility

and more . . .

This week I have been reading and preparing for a message on the Holy Spirit. J.I. Packer's book, Keep in Step With the Spirit is a primary help for me in this.

I have also been preparing to teach on Romans 3:21-26 which is a High Water Mark of Paul's teaching on the Righteousness of God and all that is included in that rich, mysterious theme.

Finally, I have been preparing to teach on Hope and Optimism in our Jesus Encounters series.

Taking this Week Off From Posting

I am taking this week off from posting on this site. I have lots of things running through my heart and mind on leadership... just life and ministry is a little "over-full" right now. 

I will be posting daily thoughts on Theology at Ad Fontes (Return to the Sources). You can see them at that link. Subscribe to it for daily email reminders of new posts.

I will be also posting daily thoughts on C.S. Lewis at The Wit and Wisdom of C.S. Lewis. Ditto to the commend above.

For both of those blogs, you must click on the new post itself to see the full version of it. For Lewis, I give "very" brief comments and often no comment. For Theology, I give short reflections.

Back in about a week with new thoughts on leadership.

12 Reasons to Read Life Together

This is a Classic by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Well Worth Reading

Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote, life together, Christian community

I recently preached on one of the core vision components of Living Word Community Church - the theme of Life Together. When our leadership team sat down this past year and developed some new ways of thinking about our vision:  Jesus Encounters, Life Together, and Beyond Sunday - I don't think anyone said, "hey, let's use the title of Bonhoeffer's great book." On the other hand, as the phrase was used, we realized it was indeed a title of a great classic.

God is going to invade...

C.S. LewisJust a longer thought from C.S. Lewis with no commentary from me.

The Trivialization of God: The Dangerous Illusion of a Manageable Deity

Some Book Titles Just Rock Your World - Like This One!

The Trivialization of GodI am preaching (in a few days) on the question(s):

Who is God?
What is God like?
Do I have a true understanding of the true God?
How close does my image of God correspond to the Bible's teaching?

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