• A Place @ Ladd’s Table: Introduction

    A Place @ Ladd’s Table: Introduction

    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. We (Luke & Kenny) enjoyed the book so much and found it so captivating that we’ve been discussing some sort of blog series for nearly six months. A Place at the Table […]

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  • Mark 13 and “The End”

    Mark 13 and “The End”

    In my first post in this three-part series I shared my way of reading Mark 13, explaining why I have long believed that it is a call to discernment, perseverance, faithfulness and witness, and is not an invitation to look for signs of the end-times and to calculate timetables based on all the signs. According to […]

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  • Top Ten Books of 2014

    Top Ten Books of 2014

    As is customary for this time of year, I’d like to share the top ten books that I read. I’ve done this for 2011 and 2013 and have provided lists for my top five books on the plurality of pastors, top five books on the kingdom of God, top ten books on Charismatic Theology, and some […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • The Bible: A Collection of “Oral Texts”

    The Bible: A Collection of “Oral Texts”

    …alternatively titled – “Why we should all spend way more time reading the Bible aloud with lots of other people around, and relatively less time reading it alone and silently.” It can seem like an oxymoron to refer to the Bible as a collection of “Oral Texts.” How can written texts be oral? Such an […]

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  • 10 Signs You are Dealing with a Theological Troll!

    10 Signs You are Dealing with a Theological Troll!

    The art of trolling has long been perfected by a select group of people who reside on the Internet. It happens in just about every circle of Internet interaction, but I’m especially keen to recognizing when trolling happens of the theological variety. In fact, I’ve developed a way for you to be able to discern whether someone […]

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Biblical, theological, & practical reflections from the trenches.

Biblical Studies

Exchanging the Apologetic with the Prophetic: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Postmodern Hermeneutics

Exchanging the Apologetic with the Prophetic: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Postmodern Hermeneutics

Postmodernism is thought to be as both the villain and the savior for the contemporary church, depending on who is asked. To some, postmodernity is the greatest threat to the Christian Church since Nero, and to others, it is a breath of fresh air that promises the demise of hard-lined fundamentalism that has plagued evangelicalism […]

Seven tips for surviving first-semester Biblical Greek

Seven tips for surviving first-semester Biblical Greek

Having taught Elementary Greek to about 30 different groups of students, and of course having learned it myself before that, I have a few tips and pointers to share. For most of them, there’s a story! Here goes: Tip #1: Don’t depend on your teacher or your textbook: Everything depends on you! If you are […]

The Six Spaces We Interpret The Bible In.

The Six Spaces We Interpret The Bible In.

The Bible is not a Chilton’s auto repair manual  (because we are not machines) if it were we would have far fewer differences among scholars concerning interpretation.

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Quotables

Although believers by nature, are far from God, and children of wrath, even as others, yet it is amazing to think how nigh they are brought to him again by the blood of Jesus Christ. — George Whitefield

Theological Studies

Postmoderns Need (and have) Creeds!

Postmoderns Need (and have) Creeds!

Been reading Carl R. Trueman’s The Creedal Imperative. I love Trueman… even when I totally and completely disagree with him (which seems like 50% of the time). He makes so many wonderful points that are historically informed and hilariously obvious, especially related to ecclesiology. Every so often I hear people, often those who I’d call “radical postmoderns,” say that […]

Spirit Renewed Ecclesiology: The Contribution of Moltmann’s Pneumatology for the Church

Spirit Renewed Ecclesiology: The Contribution of Moltmann’s Pneumatology for the Church

Of contemporary Protestant theologians, Jürgen Moltmann stands among giants as he is considered one of the most influential and widely read systematicians of his time.[1] Though Moltmann was Professor of Theology at Tübingen from 1967 to 1994, he spent a number of his early years as a pastor at the Evangelical Church of Bremen-Wasserhorst.[2] This […]

Green Wind: The Opportunity for Pentecostal Eco-theologies

Green Wind: The Opportunity for Pentecostal Eco-theologies

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom […]

Reviews

“Teacher” Kenny’s Top 10 Reference Books for Teaching Pastors

“Teacher” Kenny’s Top 10 Reference Books for Teaching Pastors

In the spirit of camaraderie, I am chiming in with a must-have book list for pastors. Able & Robby have listed a few of their preferred titles, and I can learn a lot about their values and even their spiritual gifts as I read their lists. We tend to read and value things that help us with […]

Bassist Robby’s “Books I Wish Every Leader Would Read”

Bassist Robby’s “Books I Wish Every Leader Would Read”

Okay, so Pastor Able challenged all of us here at Think Theology to compile a “must-have” book list — books that serve as resources in our writing (and preaching, for those among us who are pastors), and in some way have shaped, encouraged, challenged, and sharpened our understanding of the faith. I am neither a […]

Pastor Able’s “Thirteen Reference Books Every Pastor Should Have”

Pastor Able’s “Thirteen Reference Books Every Pastor Should Have”

Here is a list of reference books that have been a tremendous help to me in my teaching and preaching.  Christian Theology by Alister McGrath (The who, what, where, when, how, and why of what we believe as Evangelicals) The Christian Theology Reader by Alister McGrath (Read the 350+ theological texts from 2000 years of Christian […]

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Practical Theology

On Discerning God’s Will, My Future, and What I Enjoy

On Discerning God’s Will, My Future, and What I Enjoy

If Jesus asked you to do more, would you? How about if Jesus asked you to slow down, would you? What if the Lord wanted you to both do more, slow down, and refocus? Socrates said “Beware of the barrenness of a busy life.” In Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton writes that “the point of the […]

The Kingdom Turns The World Upside Down

The Kingdom Turns The World Upside Down

Matthew 11:25  “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;  (ESV) The Kingdom of God turns everything on its head. The wisest of religious leaders reject the Messiah and His kingdom, so Jesus’ followers end up being […]

Our Eternal Purpose

Our Eternal Purpose

Ephesians 3:11  According to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,  (BAB*) The purpose of God, brought about (epoiesen) in Christ is to proclaim the good news of Christ (v.8) to all (v. 9) nations. This is accomplished through the church (assembly), v. 10. That’s right, us! We who gather week […]

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 […]