Posts Tagged ‘verve’

as i previously mentioned, the Vineyard has created space for engaging in theological reflection and interaction.  currently, there are two burgeoning communities:


    • Panel #1: Bible
      • Matt Croasmun, Yale University / Elm City Vineyard, USA
        “The Cross, Eucharist, and Imitation in the Gospel of John”
      • Addie Pearson, Greater Boston Vineyard, USA
        “Original Death: A Biblical Alternative To Original Sin”
      • Steven Hamilton, Baltimore Hebrew University / Central Maryland Vineyard, USA
        “Signs and Wonders: Wisdom and the Reign of God”
      • Respondent: Todd Kennedy, Union Theological Seminary / Elm City Vineyard, USA


    • Panel #2: Culture
      • Jason Clark, King’s College London / Sutton Vineyard, UK
        “Consumerism, Social Imagination, and Ecclesiology”
      • Jason Coker, Fuller Theological Seminary / Ikon Community, USA
        “The Begging Bowl: Towards a Kingdom Economy of Gifts, Power, and Justice”
      • Elisa Berry, University of Minnesota / Mercy Vineyard, USA
        “Beauty and the Practice of the Kingdom of God
      • Respondent: Ron Sider, Palmer Seminary


    • Panel #3: Theology
      • Jared Boyd, Central Vineyard, Columbus, USA “Naming Injustice: Doing Theology That Does Something” 
      • Orion Edgar, University of Nottingham “Justice and the Kingdom of God: Atonement and New Creation”
      • Ryan McAnally-­‐Linz, Yale University / Elm City Vineyard, USA
        “The Problem of the Contested Center
      • Respondent: Steve Robbins, Vineyard Leadership Institute / Vineyard Columbus


    • Panel #4: Religion and Science
      • Naomi Forrester, University of Texas, Galveston
        “Science vs. Christianity: A Battle To Be Won or Lost?”
      • Jonathan Rutz, University of Utah / Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, USA
        “The Case for Creation Care as a Defining Paradigm for the Vineyard Movement”
      • Sarah Parker, Drew Theological School / North Jersey Vineyard, USA
        “Farmville: Longing for the Kingdom and the Persistent Problems of the Garden”
      • Respondent: TBA


    • Panel #5: Mission 
      • Cathy Zellmer, George Fox Evangelical Seminary / Vineyard Boise, USA
        “The Divine Perichoretic Mission of Love”
      • Steve Burnhope, London School of Theology / North Thames Vineyard, UK
        “Culture, Worldview, and the Cross: Penal Substitutionary Atonement and 21st Century Mission
      • Rick Love, VineyardUSA Blessing Muslims Initiative
        “‘Teaching them to obey all that I commanded you’: A holistic and integrated approach to training Kingdom disciples”
      • Respondent: Amy Coffin, Evanston Vineyard / Vineyard Discipleship School, Delhi


    • Panel #6: Concerning the Vineyard
      • Jon Bialecki, University of California, San Diego
        Jamie Wilson, Coast Vineyard, La Jolla, USA
        “Surprise, Return, and Futurity: Social Science Analysis of the Vineyard’s Temporal Imaginary of the Kingdom, and a Theological Rejoinder”
      • Steven Schenk, Buffalo Vineyard, USA
        “Power and Purpose in a Cross-­Shaped Community: Examining the Contradictions Between Theology and Praxis”
      • Doug Erickson, Marquette University / Vineyard Bible Institute
        “Advice to Vineyard Theologians (and Philosophers, and Scholars…)”
      • Respondent: Ron Sider, Palmer Seminary


  • the vineyard theological consultants: this seems to be Facebook-centric, but it is an initiative of Vineyard Bible Institute, which is an exclusive service to participating leaders who want to be theologically informed and kept up to date with recent research, trends and important or influential publications. this monthly membership will include a two hour webinar with Derek Morphew as well as a monthly book review.

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introducing embertide

…four times a year, the Church sets aside three days to focus on God through His marvelous creation. these quarterly periods take place around the beginnings of the four natural seasons. these four times are each kept on a successive wednesday, friday, and saturday and are known as “Ember Days,” or “Quatuor Tempora”, in Latin. 

  • the first of these four times comes in winter, after the feast of st. lucy (in december);
  • the second comes in spring, the week after ash wednesday;
  • the third comes in summer, after pentecost sunday; and the last comes in autumn, after holy cross day.

these times are spent fasting and/or partially abstaining with the intention of thanking God for the gifts He gives us in nature/creation and beseeching Him for the wisdom and discipline to use them wisely and in good stewardship.

…after the command to be fruitful and multipy, stewardship of the earth is also one of the first trusts and responsibilities given to earthlings by God. in our day and age of rampant abuse and mis-use of the earth and its rich resources, embertide should prick our hearts anew for taking care of the environment; as our friends in Boise say: the environment…God’s creation…our responsibility.

to that end this wednesday, friday and saturday we will have wordcraft dedicated to God and His marvelous creation.

in terms of resources for ‘doin’-the-stuff’: 

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Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness. And he came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins; as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:


Luke 3:1-6

verses 1 and 2 – as one trained in the craft of history, i appreciate the context-setting that luke does here, giving us the international, national and local context of those who wield power.  and yet in the midst of all these ‘power people’, the word of God comes to john, in the wilderness…not in the palaces and temples of power, but the wilderness.  the wilderness has often seemed like a dry wasteland and the absence of God to me.  but i testify that it has been in the wilderness seasons of my life – when i was athirst and my soul dried up – that is when God has given me his word, like a sudden rainshower…utterly refreshing and life to one in the wilderness; this also reminds me that it is into the wilderness that God – in the exodus – led the former slaves of Egypt to make of them a covenant people, ready to embody His Way…

verse 3stunning: ‘preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins;’  it strikes me today that i often rush through these words, assuming so much, because i have heard sermon-after-sermon about them.  but today as i re-read them over and over, what strikes me is that john isn’t preaching a repentance [greek: metanoia/“change you mind“] about your sins, but it says change your mind about “the forgiveness of sins”.  these people knew they were sinners; they lived in a culture seeped in the teaching of torah and if that wasn’t enough, the pharisees are there to provoke them.  but what john offers is a word about forgiveness…and this strikes me as a good word for myself as well: how often am i trying to convince people about the sin in their lives that they all ready know about?  i need to begin speaking much more of forgiveness, and practicing it.  the significance of forgiveness can be lost on me sometimes, but if preaching forgiveness gets john in trouble with the temple authorities, then it should probably get me in trouble as well; and it reminds me of the situation of the apostle paul: if we are not being accused by the pharisees and temple authorities of our day of having too much grace (like paul was in romans 6) then we probably are not really practicing the radical way of forgiveness; but, like paul, in taking the radical way of Jesus, we will likely need to explain ourselves, because it is not cheap grace nor easy forgiveness, but it is scandalous grace!

verses 4-6 – again, reflecting what had happened in verse 2, a voice proclaiming – crying out – in the wilderness; the echo of the word of God spoken in dry, lonely places.  there will be no obstacle to God coming to forgive and deliver His people…chills run up my spine as i read: “and all flesh will see the salvation of God.”  Even so, come Lord Jesus.

++Lord Jesus, help us to embrace the way of forgiveness.  Help us change our minds concerning the forgiveness of sins, and see that we cannot do it, it is only in you that we may find the deep grace of a delivering God.  Let us see Your salvation, O God Most High!  Amen.++


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the fire of advent

“Advent, like its cousin Lent, is a season for prayer and reformation of our hearts. Since it comes at winter time, fire is a fitting sign to help us celebrate Advent…If Christ is to come more fully into our lives this Christmas, if God is to become really incarnate for us, then fire will have to be present in our prayer. Our worship and devotion will have to stoke the kind of fire in our souls that can truly change our hearts. Ours is a great responsibility not to waste this Advent time.”                                                                  – Edward Hays

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fog rolling in

if i haven’t mentioned it before: fog is my favorite weather! 

it represents the Spirit and the Mystery of God and His Presence to me

…and this morning, the fog is rolling in…

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly ; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

– Teddy Roosevelt

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