Category Archives: Ecclesiology

A Free Bible; A Free Church; Only If the Church Can Deconflate Her Self Understanding From Jesus’s Voice And Reality

There seem to be magisteriums everywhere; interpretive that is—something Christian Smith identified as Pervasive Interpretive Pluralism. It is the saddling of Holy Scripture with certain authoritative church structures—such as we find in Roman Catholicism, or Eastern Orthodoxy—or certain authoritative confessional/catechetical … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Bibliology, Doctrine of Scripture, Ecclesial, Ecclesiology, Ontology Of Scripture | 2 Comments

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Theology: Deus Dixit, God-Has-Spoken Theology Versus Aaron’s Golden-Calf Theology

In Karl Barth’s Göttingen Dogmatics he has a whole section titled Deus Dixit (lat. God has spoken). As a section prologue he writes: Christian preachers dare to speak about God. The permission and requirement to do so can rest only … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Ecclesial, Ecclesiology, Systematic Theology, T. F. Torrance | 1 Comment

A Genuinely Protestant-evangelical Ecclesiology as Corrective to the Current Resourcement Movement in the North American evangelical and Reformed Churches

I just recently attended a theology conference sponsored by the Davenant Institute. The Davenant Institute is an institute that seeks to provide resources, from the classically Reformed tradition, for the renewal of the church. Attending the conference they put on … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Ecclesiology, Karl Barth, Keith Johnson | 25 Comments

What Kind of Church Culture Can Produce a Declaration like the Nashville Statement? Bearing Witness to Ourselves Rather than to Jesus Christ

I have had a chance, as the day unfolded, to reflect further on the so called Nashville Statement; the statement that a hundred and fifty evangelical signatories signed their names to. It seems to be their attempt to draw a … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Cultural Christianity, Culture, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ecclesial, Ecclesiology, Ethics, Fundamentalism, George Hunsinger, John Webster | 18 Comments

Apostolic Succession, Theories of Ecclesial Authority, and Biblical Exegesis: Miscellanies

As I noted on my FaceBook wall I am planning on writing a mini-exegetical paper on the doctrine of Apostolic Succession, as held to by both Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox in their own respective and distinct ways (i.e. … Continue reading

Posted in Ecclesiology, Matthew Levering | 3 Comments

Level I and Level II orthodoxy: Reflections on Ecumenicism and “Catholicity Building”

*A post I originally wrote in 2008; I wasn’t an Evangelical Calvinist at this point, only seminally (and unconsciously). But I still think there are some good points here, particularly with reference to the quote I provide from my former … Continue reading

Posted in Ecclesiology, Ecumenism, Rex Koivisto

‘The Greatest Threat to Faith Today is not Hedonism but Distraction’: ‘Being Human’

The following quote from Andrew Sullivan[1] might sound, at a theological level, rather pelagian; but I think it represents some rather good cultural commentary on where the church is at in the 21st century—particularly for those of us in low … Continue reading

Posted in Blogspotting, Christian Culture, Cultural Christianity, Culture, Ecclesial, Ecclesiology | 5 Comments

Who is the AntiChrist? Post Reformed orthodoxy’s Answer and Other Traditions

Eschatology in the realm of systematic theology often means something different from eschatology within a biblical exegetical frame of things. Maybe it isn’t that it means something different, per se, but its focus is broader and more hermeneutical; i.e. it … Continue reading

Posted in Ecclesiology, Eschatology, Reformed Theology, Richard Bauckham, Richard Muller | 10 Comments

The Intellectual and Social Seed-bed of Secularism-Pluralism in the West is the Church

I have always found it intriguing—insofar as I have known about this relationship—the relationship between secularism, pluralism, and scientism, with its intellectual origins within Protestantism. In Kurt Anders Richardson’s book Reading Karl Barth: New Directions For North American Theology, he … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Ecclesial, Ecclesiology, Kurt Anders Richardson, Reformation, Reformed Theology

Sanctorum Communio, The Communion of the Saints and being catholic Thinkers

A week ago today I was in a funky mood, and wrote a blog post called Doubting the Theologians and Biblical Interpretation. I was lamenting what I see as undue license being given to theologians or biblical exegetes in our … Continue reading

Posted in Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ecclesial, Ecclesiology, Hermeneutics | 1 Comment