Posts in Historical Theology

The Christian, Torture, and Intercessory Prayer: The Gist and a Christian Ethics Reading List

By Andy Draycott Dec. 11, 2014 11:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ethics, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

Readers of this blog may be interested in the short article I have written over at Reformation 21. The gist of my claim is that the person of Jesus Christ shapes our primary ethical response to torture and our attitude to its perpetration by our authorities. Person, that is, over procedure, particularly over fear based consequentialist reasoning that might allow in extremis the ends of security to justify the means of torture. I very minimally offer that the health of our moral imaginations as Christian citizens is attested to in our habits of corporate prayer.

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Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 5

By John McKinley Nov. 18, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

In my earlier posts for this series I argued that the office of Deacon should be reconsidered as broader than physical needs and re-defined as leadership of the ministries of the church. I argued that women should be promoted to the office of Deacon in the church. This final piece addresses two objections related to promoting women to the office of Deacon with some functions of leading and instructing men in the church. Just to be clear, this entire proposal is within a complementarian framework that regards women and men as distinct, as shown by the limitation of the office of Elder to qualified men (not women).

 

 

 

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Reflexiones del Pasado y Presente Sobre la Reforma en Hispano América

By Octavio Esqueda Nov. 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Missions, Historical Theology

Hace unos días tuve el privilegio de participar en el IV Congreso sobre la Reforma Protestante Española que tuvo lugar en la Facultad de Filosofía de la Universidad Complutense en Madrid, España. Este importante congreso internacional tuvo como tema principal la Reforma en Hispano América. Entre los participantes se encontraban profesores, historiadores y eruditos para dialogar acerca de la influencia del protestantismo en América Latina y su relación con la reforma española. Aunque el número de participantes no eran tan numeroso, el significado de esta reunión y los temas tratados son de suma importancia y son relevantes para nuestros días. Me gustaría compartir en este espacio algunas reflexiones sobre el pasado y el presente basadas principalmente en los temas tratados en este congreso.

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Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 4

By John McKinley Nov. 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

Part 4 in this series on the office of Deacon focuses Gregg Allison’s argument that we would do best to re-define the office as enlarged beyond the care of physical needs. 

 

 

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When the Church Was a Family: ETS Plenary Address

By Joe Hellerman Nov. 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

As indicated in a previous post, Talbot School of Theology will be well represented this year at the Evangelical Theological Society's national meeting [need link here]. For those unable to attend (most of you, I assume!), here is a video clip that touches upon some key ideas that I will be sharing in my plenary address. The interviewer is Dr. Jason Cusick, a pastor at Journey of Faith Church in Manhattan Beach, CA. The clip was shown in a church service as part of a series on the church and the family.

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Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 3

By John McKinley Nov. 10, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

Part 3 in this series on the office of Deacon focuses on the biblical passages that directly reveal the office of Deacon on the way to re-defining the office as enlarged beyond the care of physical needs.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 2

By John McKinley Nov. 4, 2014 1:30 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

In part 1 of this series of posts on the office of Deacon, I briefly presented support for reading 1 Timothy 3:11 as best understood to refer to woman Deacons, not wives of male Deacons. Additionally to that exegetical and historical evidence, I observe that the only person identified with anything close to the title of Deacon in the Bible is a woman, Phoebe, a diakonos of the church at Cenchreae (Rom 16:1-2).

 

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