Blessings and Curses of Partisanship

Cocoons of partisan information often leave us isolated from dissenting voices. But sometimes they enable us to privilege the relationships that matter the most. These are the two sides of information overload. Blessing and Curse. After the Fall, part of our experience is the reminder in creation of how things are “supposed to be” and also remind us […]

Understanding God’s Plan: A Sketch of Covenant Theology, Part 7

Part 6: Covenantal Shape of Redemptive History (Continued) The redemptive history which we have sketched in the previous posts explains the covenantal structure of God’s relationship with humanity – first in the covenant based on works, then in the covenant based on grace revealed through a series of unfolding covenantal administration. However, the climax of the […]

The Portrait of a Tenacious Persistence

Luke 11:1-13 Our text highlights the persistence and impudence of an individual who is in need, but there is the danger of approaching the topic of persistence as a merit that is self-created rather than as a means in drawing closer to God. Luke 11 shows that persistence is rooted in two examples of a […]

Cocoons of Partisan Information

In a recent Op-Ed piece in the New York Times (March 12, 2010), David Brooks described the strikingly different portrayals of President Obama during his first year in office. Brooks pointed at the surprisingly entrenched partisan nature of national political discourse about Obama these days. The yearning for a post-partisan spirit in Washington as recent as the […]

Kingdom of God Part 4

  When Christians talk about character in the workplace, we have tended to discuss it in terms of moral implications. Moreover, when leadership is discussed, much of the talk is simply about how to give a prominent moral flavor to otherwise recognized leadership skills. Occasionally, Christian writers will descend into shallow character studies in biblical events.[1] Yet just […]

Rewoven Into the Fabric of Redemption: Section V

  Continued from Part 2 Identity Shaped by the Kingdom Our confessional documents state that “those who have been saved by the grace of God through union with Christ by faith and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of a new covenant.” A biblical concept of […]