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Book | The Trinity and the Kingdom by Jürgen Moltmann

The Trinity and the kingdomMoltmann, Jürgen. The Trinity and the Kingdom: The Doctrine of God. 1st HarperCollins paperback ed. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991.

Author

Jürgen Moltmann (born 8 April 1926) is a German Reformed theologian who is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen. Moltmann is a major figure in modern theology and was the recipient of the 2000 Grawemeyer Award in Religion, and was also selected to deliver the prestigious Gifford Lectures in 1984-1985. He has made significant contributions to a number of areas of Christian theology, including systematic theology, eschatology, ecclesiology, political theology, Christology, pneumatology, and the theology of creation. read more

Why the Missional Movement Will Fail | A Response to Mike Breen

Mike Breen wrote an article at The Verge Network titled Why the Missional Movement Will Fail. His answer boiled down to one word: discipleship. I couldn’t agree with him more. However, as I read his follow up article–Why the Missional Movement Will Fail (Part 2)–I was plagued with some nagging questions.

Breen defines discipleship like this:

Defining a disciple is fairly easy, in my view. The greek word mathetes is the word that scripture uses for “disciple” and it means learner. In other words, disciples are people who LEARN to be like Jesus and learn to do what Jesus could do. One great writer on discipleship put it this way: Discipleship is the process of becoming who Jesus would be if he were you. read more

Finding the Entangled Trinity in the Ten Commandments of Exodus 20:1-19

The following is the manuscript from a sermon I wrote for this past weekend. I preached it at the Saturday night service and it did not go well as a spoken sermon. This is due partly to the fact that I didn’t follow my manuscript well and the projectionist got lost, and partly to the fact that it was just too much information for such a small amount of time. I simplified it and preached an alternate version on Sunday morning that seemed to flow better as a speech-act.

I post this version now because I think there is a sketch here for a future paper. This is an important connection between the Entangled Trinity1 and the Ten Commandments/Ten Words found in the Law of Moses. read more

  1. Simmons, Ernest L.. 2014. The entangled Trinity: quantum physics and theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. []

Heaven and Earth

Here is another good animation from The Bible Project that visualizes the Biblical theme of Heaven and Earth. I appreciate what these guys are doing and the emphasis they put on the merging of God’s space and our space into one, rather than the transference from our space to God’s space after we die. This is a big move for Evangelicals, since most of Western Evangelical Christianity has been based upon Platonic dualism and escape-hatch theology, so I applaud it. Lutherans, on the other hand, have lived in the paradox of the “kingdom on the left and the kingdom on the right” for a long time, so I wonder how this video might be done differently from a Lutheran perspective. Both camps find common ground in the promise of a preferred future, which I think is nicely depicted in this video. I believe this is the movement of the missional church. read more