Theology, history, and context

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2017/07/23/theology-history-context/

http://admin.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/?p=34895

"We're doing history, not theology," the professor said. That suggests that theology, as opposed to history, is an abstract, objective field in which ideas and arguments and doctrines somehow arise wholly independent of "what else is going on." It doesn't work like that. It never has and it never can.

LBCF, No. 144: ‘Two Swell Guys’

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2017/07/21/lbcf-no-144-two-swell-guys/

http://admin.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/?p=34868

“The scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward” (I Timothy 5:18). So tip 20 percent. At least. Divide by five and round up. If you also plan to: A) say grace aloud before the meal; B) ask your server if he/she is “saved;” and/or C) leave a gospel tract on the table when you leave, then make that 40 percent.

‘Perhaps a year, maybe a little more’

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2017/07/20/perhaps-year-maybe-little/

http://admin.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/?p=34886

Glioblastoma multiforme killed my grandmother. And then, years later, it killed my mother. That's what this disease does. It kills people. It is, as we keep hearing today in the news, a very "aggressive" form of brain cancer. There is no cure. It is a matter of months. Perhaps a year, but not two.

‘What made it possible for him to see?’

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2017/07/18/made-possible-see/

http://admin.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/?p=34863

In an essay on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Stanley Hauerwas asks "What made it possible for him to see the character of the regime Hitler represented when so many others did not?" He looks for an answer in the academic theology Bonhoeffer studied in seminary, but the real answer is to be found several blocks north of there.

Shaking the dust off their feet

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2017/07/18/shaking-dust-off-feet/

http://admin.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/?p=34855

In the age of Trump, John Fea writes, many "evangelicals are experiencing a crisis of faith as they look around in their white congregations on Sunday morning and realize that so many fellow Christians were willing to turn a blind eye to all that Trump represents." And the Rev. Lawrence Ware confirms this, explaining "Why I'm Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention."