Building an Old Testament Library: Genesis — Ruth

Posted on : November 27, 2013

Eight books from Genesis to Ruth open the OT, and 24 commentaries stand ready to guide readers through them. For Genesis, Bill T. Arnold (New Cambridge Biblical Commentary; Cambridge University Press, 2009) applies literary criticism… Continue Reading

What’s Right with Orthodoxy?

Posted on : November 25, 2013

Orthodoxy has fallen from favor among some otherwise fervent adherents of Christianity. Its critics associate orthodoxy with old-fashioned, unreasonable Christian beliefs from a bygone era. Moreover, its detractors often link orthodoxy with contemporary right wing… Continue Reading

Youth Ministry as a Magical Technology: Moving Toward the Theological

Posted on : November 20, 2013

The room was packed with excited youth workers numbering in the thousands. The lights dimmed and the spotlight moved to the left side of the stage to flood a man in his late thirties in… Continue Reading

(re)Aligning with God: Jesus’ Announcement of the Kingdom as a Starting Point for a Missional Hermeneutic

Posted on : November 18, 2013

A missional hermeneutic seeks to read the Scripture as a map to God’s mission in the world. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus begins his ministry with the bold and audacious proclamation of the arrival of God’s… Continue Reading

Charles Wesley in Contemporary Study

Posted on : November 13, 2013

Hymns based on the poetry of Charles Wesley (1707-1788) have been one of the principal means by which Wesleyan teachings have been transmitted to generations of Methodist people. Thousands of Methodist folk who have never… Continue Reading

Culturing Adoration in an Entertainment Age

Posted on : November 11, 2013

We live and move and have our being in a world filled with entertainments, and with the culture industries that produce them, and the structures, networks and devices that mediate them. That we are capable… Continue Reading

Cultivating the Practice of Prayer

Posted on : November 6, 2013

Through his lyrical paraphrase of 1 Thess 5:17, Charles Wesley sang the importance of prayer into the hearts and minds of the early Methodist people. Pray, without ceasing pray (Your Captain gives the word), His… Continue Reading

The Writing Life

Posted on : November 4, 2013

There’s a lot of writing going on in the Wagner household lately. My preschooler is learning to write letters. My kindergartener is beginning to weave letters into words and words into the occasional sentence. And… Continue Reading
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