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I’ve been thinking lately I want to make a bit more room on the blog for stories of how the Church (not just TMH, all of the Church) is living out the Kingdom and making the world better in practical ways. I also want to provide some specific ways that you can be a part of that. Consider this the first post in that goal. I don’t want to be a guy who sits around writing about Jesus without acting like him. I hope you’d also like to act like him instead of just reading about him, whether through the things I profile here and/or other ways.
AIDS Care logoEvery year The Meeting House partners with Mennonite Central Committee, supporting their work in Southern Africa with those living with HIV/AIDS. The work spans 14 projects in 6 countries. As a church, we’ve done it 5 years so far with this being the sixth. In that time, we’ve totaled over 5,700 AIDS CARE Kits (packages of essential supplies along with $100 to buy medicine) and 5,300 AIDS CARE Cards ($100). They’re pretty staggering numbers and something I’ve been proud to be a part of the past couple of years and again this year. I remember being told a couple of years ago why the Card system was implemented: we had sent too many Kits for MCC’s staff to be able to distribute so the Cards provided another way to help.

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Diversity in My 10 Most Influential Books

There’s been one of those viral challenges going around Facebook asking for your 10 most influential books. Here’s mine, not counting the books of the Bible:

  1. Repenting of Religion by Greg Boyd
  2. Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland
  3. The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickle
  4. A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren
  5. A Nonviolent Atonement by J. Denny Weaver
  6. The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey
  7. God and Empire by John Dominic Crossan (even though there were some sections I really didn’t agree with)
  8. Scripture and the Authority of God by N.T. Wright
  9. Christianity’s Dangerous Idea by Alister E. McGrath
  10. Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw

The last 2 took a while and on any given day could probably be interchanged for some others like Boyd’s God of the Possible and McLaren’s Everything Must Change, but for the most part, this is what I’m looking at for my core book influences.

We Believe: Eschatology

For whatever reason, eschatology has the potential to get people the most angry about – probably after only atonement – even though it also has the least direct influence on our lives of any of the topics covered by systematic theology.

Here’s Bruxy on the topic:

We Believe: Pneumatology

Pneumatology is definitely one of the more neglected domains of systematic theology. This will be a long post with a few sub-discussions. Here’s Bruxy’s main message:

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We Believe: Soteriology Achieved

Atonement theology is one of my favourite topics. Here’s what Bruxy had to say in the main message, continuing our We Believe series at The Meeting House:

We Believe: Theology Proper

Let’s continue with some comments as we go through The Meeting House’s current series We Believe. Next up: theology proper. The original sermon and the After Party are linked below, and most of my thoughts come more from the After Party even though the main sermon was clearly the most important point in discussing theology proper.

Week 3: Theology Proper

I generally don’t get very excited to talk about the Trinity or the various attempts to simplify the Trinity that have been deemed heresy: modalism (1 God, different modes), tritheism (3 gods), or subordinationism (1 god with 2 created subordinates).

Bruxy, as he is very good at doing, focused on the important part, though: God is love. That is the start point, the end point, and every point in between for a good understanding of theology. God is not wrath, although sometimes love looks like wrath. God is not justice, although love does necessitate true world-restoring justice. God is not holiness, although God’s radical love does clearly set him apart as different than us. God is love.

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We Believe: Gospelology, Bibliology, and Christology

Most Meeting House Home Churches are on break for the summer, including mine, but I’m loving this series we’re in. It’s essentially a systematic theology 101 course. In some ways, not much so far I haven’t really encountered before; I have taken not only Intro Systematics but also some others in my M.Div. Doesn’t mean I don’t really enjoy it, though, so I’ve decided to basically just release the videos here with some short comments during the summer while I’m not likely to be blogging as often.

Week 1: Prolegomena and Gospelology

Bruxy makes a lot of great points in the first week in terms of cautions for studying theology. Most prominently, it has the potential to make us very arrogant and end up actually in living in ways contrary to Jesus even when we say we’re studying Jesus. That’s a very important caution.