Kuyper Lecture: “Answering Lesslie Newbigin”

Yesterday, in the midst of a seminar on the life and work of the missiologist Lesslie Newbigin, one of my students directed me to the Kuyper lecture that was recently delivered by the New York City pastor and church planter Tim Keller.  Keller’s selection as this year’s Kuyper award winner had previously generated controversy among sections of Princeton’s constituency on account of his affiliation with the Presbyterian Church in America, which holds opposing views from the seminary’s denomination (PCUSA) on the question of the ordination of women and LGBT people.  (If you missed the controversy when it broke, you can read a couple of takes on it here or here.) Continue reading Kuyper Lecture: “Answering Lesslie Newbigin”

A Modest Proposal

I came across this quote this morning from Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536).  Erasmus, who is sometimes described as “the prince of the humanists,” was a reforming voice within the church in the 16th century, although he never formally broke from Rome.  His critical edition of the Greek New Testament was highly influential for Reformers across the continent.  Unfortunately, the Magisterial Reformers in appealing to the secular authorities for assistance in reforming the church in some ways contributed to the further entrenchment of the competing national loyalties Erasmus is attempting to combat in this quotation: Continue reading A Modest Proposal

“Early on the First Day of the Week . . .”

A Guest Post by Robyn Elliott

This is the thirteenth  in a series of posts engaging with the sermons in Leaps of Faith: Sermons from the Edge.  This post is a reflection upon an Easter sermon entitled “Early on the First Day of the Week . . .” (pp. 125-132). The Scriptural text for the sermon was John 20:1-18. Continue reading “Early on the First Day of the Week . . .”

A Tale of Two Jesuses

A Guest Post by David Schuchardt

This is the twelfth  in a series of posts engaging with the sermons in Leaps of Faith: Sermons from the Edge.  This post is a reflection upon a Good Friday sermon entitled “A Tale of Two Jesuses” (pp. 116-124). The Scriptural texts for the sermon were Matthew 27:11-26 and Isaiah 52:13-53:12. Continue reading A Tale of Two Jesuses

Provisions for Pilgrims

A Guest Post by Barb Constable

This is the eleventh  in a series of posts engaging with the sermons in Leaps of Faith: Sermons from the Edge.  This post is a reflection upon a Maundy Thursday sermon entitled “Provisions for Pilgrims” (pp. 111-115). The Scriptural texts for the sermon were Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 22:39-46; John 13:1-17. Continue reading Provisions for Pilgrims

The Road to Calvary Passes through Flossenbürg

A Guest Post by Patrick Franklin

This is the tenth  in a series of posts engaging with the sermons in Leaps of Faith: Sermons from the Edge.  This post is a reflection upon a Lenten sermon entitled “The Road to Calvary Passes through Flossenbürg” (pp. 92-102). The Scriptural text for the sermon was Mark 8:27-9:8. Continue reading The Road to Calvary Passes through Flossenbürg

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