Nope: Ekklesia means “called out”

This is one of those fallacies with real staying power. Despite the mistake being conspicuous, I find it in all kinds of books, blogs, classes, and conversations. The idea has a grip on the imaginations of a tremendous number of Christians, and it spreads like a contagion. So this one deserves a bit more comment below.Continue reading “Nope: Ekklesia means “called out””

Nope: “The Fall”

I come from a tradition that demands “Bible words for Bible things.” That is not why I’m filing “the fall” in the Nope category. My beef is instead with a widely influential set of concerns that are read into Gen 3, for which “the fall” is usually shorthand. I deny that the rejection (whether anti-Pelagian or Reformed) of humankind’sContinue reading “Nope: “The Fall””

English Bible Translations

What English Bible translation should I use?  This is a perennial question, so I’m posting my thoughts at the present time, and I’ll update them as they change.   The question has to be answered with questions.  For what use?  And who is asking? Two Basic Uses There is spiritual (“devotional”) reading, and there is study.  TheContinue reading “English Bible Translations”

Are Churches of Christ Evangelical?: An Ideological Question (Part 6)

Restoration What Should “Restoration” Mean? I address in this post what restoration should mean, rather than what it does mean, because the diversity of its meaning is well established.  Furthermore, I have Churches of Christ in mind when I ask the question, for whom restoration has often meant something that proved unprofitable.  That historical factContinue reading “Are Churches of Christ Evangelical?: An Ideological Question (Part 6)”

Are Churches of Christ Evangelical?: A Semantic Question (Part 5)

What Does “Evangelical” Mean? I’m going to begin with Scott Moreau’s understanding of evangelical in Contextualization in World Missions, because it is both concise and missiologically attuned.  Moreau begins with David Bebbington’s well known “quadrilateral”: conversion, activism, biblicism, and crucicentrism (Moreau, 19).  To this he adds “the common theological frame that characterizes evangelicals,” borrowing fromContinue reading “Are Churches of Christ Evangelical?: A Semantic Question (Part 5)”

Are Churches of Christ Evangelical?: A Pragmatic Cultural Question (Part 4)

Worldview If we can establish a legitimate basis for analyzing similarity and dissimilarity, it becomes feasible to answer the question at hand with more than surface-level comparisons. Because worldview is often the basis of comparison in the relevant literature, a meaningful model of the concept can provide such a basis. For easier (though not easy) reading, I have broken my discussion of worldview into fourContinue reading “Are Churches of Christ Evangelical?: A Pragmatic Cultural Question (Part 4)”

On Worldview 3 (Wittgenstein/Pragmatism)

Wittgenstein, Weltanschauung, Weltbild, and Wherefore Pragmatism There is much to say about what Danièle Moyal-Sharrock calls Wittgenstein’s “logical pragmatism” in relation to missional theology (Moyal-Sharrock).  I will mention only some starting points for the present discussion of worldview.  Though Wittgenstein was cautious about Weltanschauung (worldview), the concept of Weltbild (world picture) was critical for hisContinue reading “On Worldview 3 (Wittgenstein/Pragmatism)”

On Worldview 2 (Philosophy)

Worldview in Philosophy My primary points of reference in this post will be David Naugle’s Worldview: The History of a Concept, followed by James Sire’s Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept, which Naugle’s work provoked.  In addition to these two, I will discuss with more depth than these two authors the importance of LudwigContinue reading “On Worldview 2 (Philosophy)”

On Worldview 1 (Missiological Anthropology)

Worldview I hope to pursue doctoral research in missional hermeneutics, focusing among other things on a missiological conception of worldview.  I emphasize a missiological conception, because that qualification signals a very specific appropriation of a problematic concept.  In a recent exchange with a New Testament scholar about my research interests, he stated: I do wonderContinue reading “On Worldview 1 (Missiological Anthropology)”

On Worldview 4 (A Provisional Model)

A Provisional Model of Worldview I understand worldview to be the narratively determined web of interpretive and evaluative systems that generates and regulates human knowing and doing.  This is a provisional representation of my understanding: Narratively Determined As Hiebert said, the “core” of worldview is the mythos, which is (ordinarily) a mostly tacit metanarrative aboutContinue reading “On Worldview 4 (A Provisional Model)”