Earlier in the summer I had the privilege of preaching at the mid-week community chapel at Tyndale University College and Seminary. The primary text for my sermon was the account of the apostle Paul’s visit to Athens found in Acts 17:16-34. The sermon was entitled, “An Earthquake of Heaven, An Earthquake of Love.” If you are interested in hearing the sermon, it is available for download or streaming through the Tyndale Chapel website.
A Guest Post by Mona Scrivens
This is the fifteenth 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 “Body Odor” (pp. 43-49). The Scriptural texts for the sermon were 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6 and Numbers 28:1-15. Continue reading Body Odor
An upcoming opportunity to preach on a passage from the book of Romans provided me with a convenient excuse to dive into Beverly Roberts Gaventa’s new book, When in Romans: An Invitation to Linger with the Gospel according to Paul. In addition to being one of the most cleverly titled books I’ve come across in some time, the book confirms Gaventa’s place in the rare company of biblical scholars whose writing demonstrates theological sensibilities and is at the same time accessible to pastors and laypeople. (I would also place Richard Hays and Michael Gorman, among others, in this category.) Gaventa is clearly informed of the most recent scholarly debates, as evidenced in the endnotes, but she wears her learning lightly. Her lucid prose is peppered with references to contemporary culture, including, for example, a discussion of Terrence Malick’s film, The Tree of Life. Continue reading When in Romans: A Short Review
In Part 4 of my lecture “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”: Paul, the Kingdom, and Living between the Times, I continue to explore the plight of humanity in bondage. Standing behind the fallen principalities and powers are the cosmic slaveholders Sin and Death. Under the reign of Sin and Death, the powers often compete with one another seeking to enlist human beings and demanding that they sacrifice themselves and one another for the sake of ensuring the survival of the principality. Human beings are taken in by the various deceptive tactics of the powers and find themselves developing a type of perverse love or allegiance for the very forces that seek to hold them in bondage. For human beings in such a predicament, help can only come into the system from above. Continue reading “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”: Audio Series (Part 4)
In the previous section of my lecture, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”: Paul, the Kingdom, and Living between the Times, I argued that the Gospel is the story of the God of Israel who is on mission to save the world that he has created and that he loves. This is apparent in Galatians 4:4-5, where Paul writes, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children” (NRSV). This motif of a redemptive mission or liberating invasion suggests that humanity is, in some sense, in captivity. Continue reading “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”: Audio Series (Part 3)
Below you’ll find the audio for the second part of my presentation – “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”: Paul, the Kingdom and Living between the Times – from the Kingdom Come conference held at Bayview Glen Alliance Church this past weekend. Having discussed the riddle of the apparent absence of the kingdom in Paul’s writings in the first part of the talk, in this section of the presentation I begin to consider the eschatological outlook at the heart of Paul’s theology. Continue reading “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”: Audio Series (Part 2)