Performance of Identity

I had a wonderful week last week with the Doctor of Ministry cohort at Providence Theological Seminary teaching a course called, “Thinking and Interpreting Theologically.”  The students read several insightful texts in preparation for our time together.  The one that seemed to generate the most conversation was Andrew Root’s The Congregation in a Secular Age: Keeping Sacred Time against the Speed of Modern Life (Baker, 2021).  It is the third volume in Root’s Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy.  In the trilogy Root is dialoguing with the work of the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, in particular Taylor’s seminal A Secular Age.  At the heart of Root’s project is the concern for developing ways for Christians to speak about and recognize the presence of divine action within the midst of a “social imaginary” that has reduced its vision to the “immanent frame.”1 Continue reading Performance of Identity

  1.   These are terms Taylor introduces in A Secular Age.  I briefly engage with Taylor around some of these themes in For the Life of the World (215-216).

A Voice of Sanity

I’ve just ordered Jonathan Tran’s new book, Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism after listening to a conversation between him and the guys at the Crackers and Grape Juice podcast.  I’ve appreciated Tran’s past work (particularly The Vietnam War and Theologies of Memory) and there is an essay co-authored by Tran and Hauerwas in Minding the Web, but I was especially struck in this conversation by how Tran is providing a much needed theological voice of sanity in the midst of contemporary struggles surrounding race.  Continue reading A Voice of Sanity

Upcoming Bonhoeffer Course

As part of its ongoing commitment to support the life and ministry of the church, Providence Theological Seminary is allowing pastors and other ministry leaders to audit most of its courses for the reduced fee of $250 CDN.  Include among those offerings is my upcoming modular course to be held during the week of February 20-24 on the life and witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Here is the course description: Continue reading Upcoming Bonhoeffer Course

Editor’s Intro to “Death and Resurrection” Issue of Didaskalia

Unfortunately, the upcoming issue of Didaskalia has been held up in production.  However, it sounds like it will soon finally make its appearance.  In anticipation of its appearance, I thought I would share my editor’s introduction to the issue.  We are once again making this issue available at the special rate of $5 for those within Canada and $10 for those in other countries.  See prov.ca/didaskalia for more information.

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Congratulations Dr. Paul Blair!

Congratulations to Paul Blair, who completed his Doctor of Ministry degree with a presentation of his research at Providence Theological Seminary yesterday.  I had the privilege of supervising Paul as he wrote his dissertation, “Waterless Places: An Examination of Theology and Practice in the Exorcism of Spaces.”  Here are my introductory remarks from yesterday’s presentation: Continue reading Congratulations Dr. Paul Blair!

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