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New Issue of Didaskalia!

I am pleased to announce the publication of Volume 31 of Didaskalia on the theme “Engaging Scripture.” The issue features an impressive collection of peer-reviewed essays, intriguing reflections from the front lines of ministry, edifying sermons, and reviews of some of the lastest books of note. You can view the full table of contents here. As part of our continuing commitment to providing accessible theological scholarship in service of the church, we are continuing with the special promotional offer of making the issue available for the cost of postage. You can subscribe for the latest issue here. In the video below, my colleague Joshua Coutts talks about his essay from the volume, “Formed by the Word in an Age of Information.”

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Scripture and the Metaphysics of Modernity: A Jensonian Polemic

“We must summon the audacity to say that modernity’s scientific/metaphysical metanarrative―at the moment told by astrophysicists and neo-Darwinians―is not the encompassing story within which all other accounts of reality must establish their places, or be discredited for failing to find one.  It is instead a rather brutal abstraction from reality.  The abstraction has proved to be magnificent in its intellectual power and practical benefits.  Nevertheless, by these disciplines’ methodological eschewal of teleology, they prevent themselves from describing what actually is.  As pop scientists urge over and over, the tale told by Scripture and the creed finds no comfortable place within modernity’s metanarrative.  It is time for the church simply to reply: this is certainly the case, and the reason it is the case is that the tale told by Scripture is too comprehensive to find place within so drastically curtailed a version of the facts.  Indeed, the gospel story cannot fit within any other would-be metanarrative because it is itself the only true metanarrative―or it is altogether false.”

  • Robert Jenson, Canon and Creed (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2010), 120.

The Anxious Generation

I recently read Jonathan Haidt’s book The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness. Haidt is a social psychologist who teaches at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Two of his notable previous books are The Righteous Mind and The Coddling of the American Mind. I have followed some of his work on his Substack After Babel.

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Video Lecture: “Imagining a Better Way”

The video recording of my recent BTS Symposium presentation, “Imagining a Better Way: Towards a Theology of Transformative Preaching,” is now available on the Providence YouTube channel. There was a great turnout for the event with a capacity crowd in the room and a good group joining online. There were some insightful questions from both the in-person and online attenders.

Still Time to Register

There is still time to register for next week’s Symposium presented by the Biblical and Theological studies department of Providence Theological Seminary featuring my presentation “Imagining a Better Way: Towards a Theology of Transformative Preaching.” I’ve been told that there has been a great response so far and that we are quickly approaching the room capacity. (It’s amazing what a free lunch can do!) However, there is no limit to the number of people who can join on Zoom. To register, visit:
Seminary Symposium – Providence University College and Theological Seminary

Lent follows Swift-piphany

The following paragraphs contain the rather whimsical observations with which I began my sermon this past Sunday for the first season of Lent at Grace Bible Church in Winnipeg. They set the stage for my reading of Mark 1:1-15 as the interpretive key for Mark’s Gospel and for the church’s pilgrimage through the season of Lent.

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