• #SVS2015: Organic Church Forms within the Vineyard

    #SVS2015: Organic Church Forms within the Vineyard

    At this year’s Society of Vineyard Scholars annual meeting, focused on “Thinking with the Church, Thinking with the Vineyard,” features a panel featuring three of our ThinkTheology.org contributors: Brad Blocksom, Kenny Burchard, and Luke Geraty. Here are the papers we’re presenting: Brad Blocksom – Organic vs. Institutional Models: Can There Be A Happy Medium? Kenny Burchard […]

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  • Yes, Everyone Gets to Play. No, Everyone Doesn’t Get to Lead

    Yes, Everyone Gets to Play. No, Everyone Doesn’t Get to Lead

    An often quoted Wimberism in the Vineyard movement is that “everyone gets to play” (I’ve written about this here). We often encourage our church family to remember that there aren’t any “superheroes” in the kingdom of God and that all of God’s people should participate in areas of ministry. This is a natural outworking of […]

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  • Mis-Diagnosis: Certainty

    Mis-Diagnosis: Certainty

    There is a logical fallacy known as the False Cause, which LogicalFallacies defines as: “Presuming that a real or perceived relationship between things means that one is the cause of the other. “Many people confuse correlation (things happen near each other) for causation (one thing caused the other).” It is becoming quite popular today, if […]

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  • Ladd’s Table: Early Life & Academic Preparation

    Ladd’s Table: Early Life & Academic Preparation

    In 2008 Oxford University Press published John A. D’Elia‘s A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America, which serves as both biography and interpretation. The book contains valuable insights into Ladd’s childhood, training, and life, and also includes the author’s editorial thoughts and interpretation (or application!). For this new series, ThinkTheology will be writing collaboratively […]

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  • Come to the Table: Experiencing God’s Presence in Communion

    Come to the Table: Experiencing God’s Presence in Communion

    For the past few months I’ve been working on writing a booklet for Vineyard USA, edited by my good buddy Ramon Mayo, on the Lord’s Supper. As many of you know, I’m a huge advocate for the regular celebration of the Lord’s Supper. In fact, the inspiration for this booklet came when first wrote about […]

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  • The Best Intro to Kingdom Theology…

    The Best Intro to Kingdom Theology…

    If I had to summarize all of the preaching of Jesus and all of the preaching of Paul, I’d suggest that they had one message with many applications: the kingdom of God. Jesus proclaimed the kingdom (Matt. 4:17, 23; 9:35; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 8:1; Acts 1:3, etc.) and Paul proclaimed the kingdom (Acts 14:22; 19:8; 20:25; 28:23, […]

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Biblical Studies

Does Greg Boyd’s “Shadow” Hermeneutic Amount to a New Marcionism?

Does Greg Boyd’s “Shadow” Hermeneutic Amount to a New Marcionism?

I recently posted this same content on the Society of Vineyard Scholars forum and thought it was worth sharing here too. The following link (provided for reference) is more associated with Peter Enns’ hermeneutical approach, but I wanted to focus here in this post on a similar approach by Greg Boyd. For Boyd, Col. 2:17 […]

Two Words I’d Like to See Deleted from the Bible

Two Words I’d Like to See Deleted from the Bible

Well this ought to get me in some trouble! So I’ll just jump right in: the two words I’d like to see removed from the Bible are gospel and church! I know, these words are so deeply rooted in our tradition with deep and significant theological meaning. But unfortunately they don’t mean the same thing […]

The New Scribes: A Kingdom Hermeneutic

The New Scribes: A Kingdom Hermeneutic

Matthew 13:52 (ESV)  “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” – Jesus So I was reading this passage during my devotions last month and it got me thinking – could […]

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Quotables

Giving is true having. — Charles Spurgeon

Theological Studies

John Wesley and the Supernatural

John Wesley and the Supernatural

John Wesley is considered one of the greatest figures in the history of Western Christianity. In fact, Methodists, Wesleyans, Nazarenes, Pentecostals, and all Holiness movements  lay claim to Wesley as their “founder”, or as the “grandfather” of their movement. This considered, Wesley has influenced the worldwide church more than he could have ever imagined! Since […]

Hey can I borrow the keys to the Church?

Hey can I borrow the keys to the Church?

Do you remember the first time your mom or dad handed you the car keys? I was 16. I remember the heavy feeling of freedom and responsibility churning in my stomach as I started my mom’s little blue Ford Ranger. The car couldn’t start soon enough and new chapter in my life had roared to […]

Simon Chan on Worship…

Simon Chan on Worship…

Simon Chan, one of my favorite theologians, writes: “Because worship is the defining practice of the church, it “provides the primary source for the nourishment of the Christian spiritual life.” Over time worship will have a deep and abiding effect on the practitioners. In worship we are doing something. We are reenacting the Christian Story, […]

Reviews

A Review of Four Ed Cyzewski Books You *Need* to Own

A Review of Four Ed Cyzewski Books You *Need* to Own

Last year I was at Society of Vineyard Scholars’ annual conference and had lunch with a really cool dude with a beard. He informed me that he had started attending the Central Vineyard in Columbus, OH and was a writer. As an aspiring author, I was immediately interested in hearing more about his experience as […]

Let Worship & Justice Kiss – David Ruis (review)

Let Worship & Justice Kiss – David Ruis (review)

David Ruis and I go way back. From that very first conference where he snuck up behind me at the coffee kiosk and scared the liver out of me, I have enjoyed the multi-dimensional “swirl” (to use David’s favourite word) that comes with the Schlavenator. I have always enjoyed David’s music, and for six years, […]

Ladd’s Table: Early Life & Academic Preparation

Ladd’s Table: Early Life & Academic Preparation

In 2008 Oxford University Press published John A. D’Elia‘s A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America, which serves as both biography and interpretation. The book contains valuable insights into Ladd’s childhood, training, and life, and also includes the author’s editorial thoughts and interpretation (or application!). For this new series, ThinkTheology will be writing collaboratively […]

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Practical Theology

#SVS2015: Organic Church Forms within the Vineyard

#SVS2015: Organic Church Forms within the Vineyard

At this year’s Society of Vineyard Scholars annual meeting, focused on “Thinking with the Church, Thinking with the Vineyard,” features a panel featuring three of our ThinkTheology.org contributors: Brad Blocksom, Kenny Burchard, and Luke Geraty. Here are the papers we’re presenting: Brad Blocksom – Organic vs. Institutional Models: Can There Be A Happy Medium? Kenny Burchard […]

Steve Chalke’s Irrational, Ignorant, & Arrogant Response Regarding Howard Yoder

Steve Chalke’s Irrational, Ignorant, & Arrogant Response Regarding Howard Yoder

Thomas Creedy wrote “An Open Letter to My Church Friends” in regards to a recent book published by Steve Chalke called Being Human: How to Become the Person You Were Meant to Be. Since anthropology and spiritual formation are such vitally valuable topics for the Church to engage upon, and the intersection of ethics and theology so […]

Healthy Things Grow: Multiplication in Discipleship

Healthy Things Grow: Multiplication in Discipleship

God cares about multiplication: “The first essential principle [of church growth] is to realize that God wants his lost children found and enfolded. Church growth explodes from the life-giving nature of the eternal God. Jesus Christ gave his disciples the Great Commission, and the entire New Testament assumes that Christians will proclaim Jesus Christ as […]

General

A Song For Martin Luther King Day

A Song For Martin Luther King Day

Here is one of my favorite old hymns. Written by an ex slave trader John Newton. I asked the Lord that I might grow In faith, and love, and every grace; Might more of His salvation know, And seek, more earnestly, His face. ‘Twas He who taught me thus to pray, And He, I trust, […]

ThinkTheology.org’s Blogging Plans for 2015

ThinkTheology.org’s Blogging Plans for 2015

This past year has been exciting for ThinkTheology.org and our merry band of contributors. We’ve had several of our posts go “vial” and our readership has grown by literally thousands of people. We’re thankful that many have found our posts helpful or thought-provoking. While there’s no doubt that some of our blogging is done with a sense of […]

ThinkTheology Top 10 Posts for 2014

ThinkTheology Top 10 Posts for 2014

Okay friends, here they are! The top-ten most read posts on ThinkTheology.org for 2014 in reverse order… #10 – Getting Left Behind? — According to Matthew & Luke, it’s preferred to being taken! – By Kenny Burchard Written to challenge some of the conventional understandings of “rapture” eschatology, and the misuse of texts in Matthew and Luke to […]