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The Kingdom of Heaven, Theories of Culture, and the Missional Church

In this post I will connect the term The Kingdom of Heaven with Kathryn Tanner’s ideas in Theories of Culture. ((Tanner, Kathryn. Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology Guides to Theological Inquiry. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997.)) I will then propose that this is a missional imagination of how the Trinitarian God is at work in the world.

What prompted these thoughts

This week I have been working on a sermon for Advent 1 from Daniel 3:8-30. Here we read the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Adednego as they refused to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s idol as they were in exile. The Gospel lesson was from John 18:36-37 where Jesus says that his Kingdom is not from this world. read more

A Short, Animated Introduction to the Social Trinity

The four videos in this playlist introduce the Social Trinity and were created for the Deep in the Burbs Research Team.

Here is a Prezi that includes these 4 videos, but goes deeper into the history of the discussion and the theological texts.

Here are links to some of the key ideas and thinkers referred to in these videos.

The social Trinity begins with the three persons of the Trinity (as described in the Christian Scriptures) and seeks to understand how the relationship ((thus the term “social”)) between the persons is the very essence ((the Greek word for essence can also be translated substance. The discussion of the substance of God–and of all things–is called ontology. Thus, the social Trinity speaks of a relational ontology as opposed to a substance ontology)) of life itself. The fancy-schmansy word for this is relational ontology. ((Zizioulas is a Greek Orthodox theologian that speaks about this. read a review of his book. Or, view the relational ontology tag for all the related posts.)) The social Trinity is also known, by some, as the Economic Trinity.  The term economic comes from the Greek word oikos–meaning house. It does not refer to money, as we understand economy, but, rather, refers to the activity of God within the “house” of the created universe. The social–or Economic– Trinity stands in contrast to the traditional view of God as three persons within Godself. This traditional view is known as the Immanent Trinity (immanent means “operating or existing within”) and emphasizes the oneness of God as God relates to the world from outside of creation. read more

The Higher Purpose of Doodling

A friend of mine–Mike Frazier–told me to watch this video. He knows how much doodling and visualization means to me. I love it. Anyone who spends time perusing through this blog will know that I try to convey complex theological ideas through simple pictures. This report adds some more fuel to the reason behind my academic visualizations.

For evidence that I have doodled in academia, visit my Sketching Through a Ph.D. page.

Book | God the Spirit by Michael Welker

God the Spirit by WelkerWelker, Michael. God the Spirit. 1st English-language ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1994.

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The Author – Michael Welker

Welker is the Director of the Research Center for International and Interdisciplinary Theology at the University of Heidelberg.

This book has had a significant impact on my research. The key ideas that I glean from Welker are that the Spirit is pluriform and polycentric. In other words, the Spirit takes on many different forms (pluriform) throughout the world, depending upon the place and situation. The Spirit, also, flows from many centers (polycentric), and thus cannot be contained or narrowly defined by one theological construct. The spirit is the field from which theological constructs flow. read more