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
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 Trinity and the Ten Commandments/Ten Words found in the Law of Moses.read more
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