• The Acts of… The Word of God

    The Acts of… The Word of God

    When I first became a Christian, my King James Bible had as the title for the book of Acts, “The Acts of the Apostles.” Soon after this, I found myself in the Charismatic and Pentecostal traditions and learned that it should hr-hr-rEEeeally be called “The Acts of the Holy Spirit.” In some early Greek manuscripts and […]

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  • The Playground of Heavenly Reality: Pneumatological Sacramentalism

    The Playground of Heavenly Reality: Pneumatological Sacramentalism

    My early Christian experience was largely in church traditions that were about as far from any form of sacramentalism that one could get. Our family attended churches within the Evangelical and Charismatic movements, none of which ever used the word “sacrament.” Rather, the churches had two ordinances: Baptism and Communion. I was simply unaware that […]

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  • The Meat is in the Streets

    The Meat is in the Streets

    Growing up in the Vineyard Movement, I have these phrases and expressions etched into my mind. To be honest, these expressions are so second nature to me that I didn’t know that they were uniquely Vineyard. I have had to explain some of them to non-Vineyard people. But what struck me was that some within […]

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  • #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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  • Holy Spirit as Sacrament

    Holy Spirit as Sacrament

    He said, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21-22) He commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised… in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” […]

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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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Biblical, theological, & practical reflections from the trenches.

Biblical Studies

The Acts of… The Word of God

The Acts of… The Word of God

When I first became a Christian, my King James Bible had as the title for the book of Acts, “The Acts of the Apostles.” Soon after this, I found myself in the Charismatic and Pentecostal traditions and learned that it should hr-hr-rEEeeally be called “The Acts of the Holy Spirit.” In some early Greek manuscripts and […]

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 […]

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Theological Studies

Pastor: The Call of Duty

Pastor: The Call of Duty

We have very high ideals of people in leadership. The President of the United States is expected to not only be the political leader of the country, but he also must be the moral, social, economic, etc…I mean, why do Christians expect their Presidents to maintain the same “Judeo-Christian” values as them? Why is it […]

The Playground of Heavenly Reality: Pneumatological Sacramentalism

The Playground of Heavenly Reality: Pneumatological Sacramentalism

My early Christian experience was largely in church traditions that were about as far from any form of sacramentalism that one could get. Our family attended churches within the Evangelical and Charismatic movements, none of which ever used the word “sacrament.” Rather, the churches had two ordinances: Baptism and Communion. I was simply unaware that […]

Holy Spirit as Sacrament

Holy Spirit as Sacrament

He said, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21-22) He commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised… in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” […]

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

The Meat is in the Streets

The Meat is in the Streets

Growing up in the Vineyard Movement, I have these phrases and expressions etched into my mind. To be honest, these expressions are so second nature to me that I didn’t know that they were uniquely Vineyard. I have had to explain some of them to non-Vineyard people. But what struck me was that some within […]

Beware of Religion

Beware of Religion

Luke 12:1b  he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  (ESV) If I don’t tick off some religious people (11:45) perhaps I’m not being as much like Jesus as I should be!?! Following Jesus is an issue of the heart (11:41). Religious legalism leads to […]

#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 […]

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 […]