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Cruciform Shepherds for Resurrection Communities: The Transformation of Paul’s (and Our) Ministry Imagination

Posted on : January 25, 2021

The task of faithfully pastoring a church so that its life together would embody Christ’s life and ministry has never been easy. It is even harder today in a deadly pandemic where some church people… Continue Reading

Paul and the Power of Grace

Posted on : January 20, 2021

In 2015, Pauline scholars were eager to read the much-anticipated study by John M. G. Barclay entitled Paul and the Gift (Eerdmans) and it did not disappoint. It quickly became a widely influential study, critiquing… Continue Reading

Kindness Is Not a Random Act

Posted on : January 18, 2021

I was loading my newly purchased gardening supplies into my car when two earnest teens approached me and volunteered to return the cart I was using. I accepted their offer, thinking they had use of… Continue Reading

Kindness Is Not a Random Act

Posted on : January 18, 2021

I was loading my newly purchased gardening supplies into my car when two earnest teens approached me and volunteered to return the cart I was using. I accepted their offer, thinking they had use of… Continue Reading

Contemporary Systematic Theology: An Embarrassment of Riches

Posted on : January 11, 2021

In The Architecture of Theology (Oxford University Press, 2011), a must-read for any serious student of systematic theology, A. N. Williams observes that while Christian theology is inherently systematic the number of comprehensive “systematic theologies”… Continue Reading

Discipleship after COVID-19: Family Worship

Posted on : January 4, 2021

I wish I could say that COVID-19 has been good for my patterns and practices of worship. I’ve kept up with times of prayer, Bible reading, and other spiritual reading. I’ve also had some Christian… Continue Reading

What Role Should Experience Play in Christian Spirituality? (1)

Posted on : December 21, 2020

I have heard pastors counsel people, “Don’t seek experiences, seek truth found in the Bible!” While excessive emotionalism can be a problem for some, who determines what excessive emotionalism is? The expression of emotion varies… Continue Reading

Why Women Must Preach

Posted on : December 21, 2020

A couple millennia after Jesus Christ himself directed Mary Magdalene to go and tell the good news of his resurrection to others, whether women should “preach” remains controversial in this world. In the twenty-first century,… Continue Reading

On Preaching God’s Beauty and Goodness

Posted on : December 16, 2020

Many recent books on preaching are topical and contextual, seeking to address a problem or suggest tools or practices to help busy pastors address the many challenges facing the church and our world. These books… Continue Reading

Embracing the New for the Sake of Mission

Posted on : December 14, 2020

Think of a time when you went through a significant transition to something wonderful and new. Maybe it was moving away from home for the first time and getting your own place. Maybe it was… Continue Reading

The Power of the Apparent Powerless

Posted on : December 9, 2020

Because my mother died at a relatively young age, my main link to her family came through my great aunt, Flossie Johnson. I became close to Aunt Flossie during my nearly eighteen years of pastoral… Continue Reading
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January 25, 2021

The task of faithfully pastoring a church so that its life together would embody Christ’s life and ministry has never been easy. It is even harder today in a deadly pandemic …

January 20, 2021

In 2015, Pauline scholars were eager to read the much-anticipated study by John M. G. Barclay entitled Paul and the Gift (Eerdmans) and it did not disappoint. It quickly became a …

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October 20, 2020

We have great news to share! The AFTE Advisory Task Force has been busy working on developing podcasts and they …

October 4, 2020

The 2020 AFTE Christmas Conference will take place December 10-12, 2020. This year the conference will be held virtually via …