On Women in Church Leadership: 1 Tim 2:8–15

I began writing publicly about women in church leadership in 2014, while my family was still in Peru. I was applying to doctoral programs with the intention of studying biblical interpretation, and I was thinking a lot about the role of the biblical text in my tradition (Churches of Christ). Megan and I were alsoContinue reading “On Women in Church Leadership: 1 Tim 2:8–15”

Ricoeur on Biblical Interpretation and Resurrection Hope

Some excerpts from two essays. I highlight the thread of “new creation” that ties them together. From Paul Ricoeur, “Toward a Hermeneutic of the Idea of Revelation”: “What is finally to be understood in a text is not the author or his presumed intention, nor is it the immanent structure or structures of the text,Continue reading “Ricoeur on Biblical Interpretation and Resurrection Hope”

Sermon Prep. for John 16:16–33

The text this week is John 16:16–33, assigned as part of a series on the “very truly” sayings in John. These are initial notes and reflections on the text, co-text, and intertext before recourse to contextual materials and commentaries. What does the assignment of a text do to the process of delimiting the interpretive boundariesContinue reading “Sermon Prep. for John 16:16–33”

On Practicing Theological Interpretation in Churches of Christ

I began a sermon a few Sundays ago with the Apostles’ Creed. Well, with Rich Mullins’s rendition anyway. I’ve been in a cappella Churches of Christ worship services for close to every Sunday of my life (if I count the churches we planted in Peru, which perhaps I shouldn’t). I’ve been in rural and urban churches, large andContinue reading “On Practicing Theological Interpretation in Churches of Christ”

On the Incarnation (Part 2)

(Material from adult Bible class at Hollywood Church of Christ) God the Refugee A Darker Christmas Drama Luke’s birth narrative has its overtones of uncertainty and fear in the midst of weakness and poverty, but it pivots on the promise of blessing  and the declaration of great joy. Matthew’s story, however, is colored with a sombre and ominousContinue reading “On the Incarnation (Part 2)”

Toward a Research Agenda

In September, I begin doctoral study at Fuller Theological Seminary. I will be in the School of Theology, with a theology concentration and a New Testament minor concentration, but I will cross into the School of Intercultural Studies in order to work in missiology as well. The ability to do interdisciplinary research in this way was whatContinue reading “Toward a Research Agenda”

On Women in Church Leadership: 1 Cor 14:33–36

Preliminary Matters A view of culture before we proceed Culture is a concern in this conversation from two standpoints. Following my post on 1 Cor 11, one reader asked whether I was just saying, after all, “It’s cultural.” This needs some clarification hermeneutically, especially for a missional reading. Additionally, many traditionalists believe that the discussionContinue reading “On Women in Church Leadership: 1 Cor 14:33–36”

On Women in Church Leadership: 1 Cor 11:2–16

Cards on the table, I don’t think there is any role in church leadership that should be reserved for men. I do not presume to write without commitments. Yet, my primary commitment is not to a position on an issue—it is to God’s mission. To put it this way is a careful hermeneutical choice. Whoever wantsContinue reading “On Women in Church Leadership: 1 Cor 11:2–16”

Response to “Hermeneutics and Conflict”

Adam Hill wrote a piece called “Hermeneutics and Conflict” that came out in Wineskins yesterday. Any time I see hermeneutics getting press among Churches of Christ, I get excited—especially when we call it what it is instead of trying to work around the technical[1. By technical I make reference to a notion of technique: tech·ni·cal /ˈteknək(ə)l/ adjective : of or relatingContinue reading “Response to “Hermeneutics and Conflict””