Greetings From the Editor
June 15, 2017 – 7:20 am | No Comment

by Jin H. Han

The most important detail about a robed man nailing the Ninety-Five Theses on a church door is that the Reformation was not about starting a new church but about reclaiming what God had in mind for the world. Luther’s notion of liberty is grippingly captured in his treatise on Christian liberty (1520), in which a Christian is declared to be “subject to none.” It reiterates a call of the gospel for all believers so that we may all work together to battle injustice in our society in the name of the reign of God.

Subject to none but God, we are here only to serve God, and clearly the theme, liberty, binds us together.

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A Dwelling Place for Social Justice
August 2, 2016 – 12:08 pm | Comments Off on A Dwelling Place for Social Justice
A Dwelling Place for Social Justice

by Mark C. Johnson

The notion of sacred places generally makes for good religion but poor theology. Great stories such as the one of the burning bush, Peniel, and the Mount of Olives, offer wonderful and metaphors, but what do they draw us toward? What makes a conference center hosted library for example, or a sanctuary, a dwelling place, sacred spaces?

mškn (Dwelling Place) in the Deuteronomistic History
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<i>mškn</i> (Dwelling Place) in the Deuteronomistic History

by Johannes Unsok Ro

The concept of YHWH’s dwelling in the Deuteronomistic History seems to focus on His immanent and communicating presence among His people. The authors and editors of the Deuteronomistic History seem to show a yearning desire for God “dwelling among us” just as we do in the 21st century.

Dwelling Place
August 2, 2016 – 12:06 pm | Comments Off on Dwelling Place
Dwelling Place

by Donna Schaper

When it comes to God’s dwelling place, most of us lead with ourselves and our involvement with the matter of God’s house. We lead materially. We know we can’t house God but we’d love to try to make God feel more comfortable in the places where we live. For God to dwell in a place, the place has to understand itself as holy.

Redefining Christian Identity in a Pluralistic Context
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Redefining Christian Identity in a Pluralistic Context

by Rick Ufford-Chase

A proposed resolve to commit to actively learning and embracing one another’s rhythms and practices, both religious and traditional, appreciating one another’s core motivations and convictions, with the understanding that all are cherished and sustained by God.

Book Review: Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision by N.T. Wright
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Book Review: Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision by N.T. Wright

Reviewed by Neal D. Presa

Anglican Bible scholar N.T. Wright addresses the sharp criticism of Reformed Baptist pastor John Piper and other critics who see Wright’s representation of the so-called “New Perspective” as a threat to the doctrines of forensic justification and imputation from the 16th century Protestant Reformation and 17th century post-Reformation.

Book Review: The Messiah of Peace: A Performance-Criticism Commentary on Mark’s Passion-Resurrection Narrative by Thomas E. Boomershine
August 2, 2016 – 12:03 pm | Comments Off on Book Review: The Messiah of Peace: A Performance-Criticism Commentary on Mark’s Passion-Resurrection Narrative by Thomas E. Boomershine
Book Review: The Messiah of Peace: A Performance-Criticism Commentary on Mark’s Passion-Resurrection Narrative by Thomas E. Boomershine

Reviewed by Philip Ruge-Jones

Thomas Boomershine offers a meticulous reading of the final three chapters of Mark. As he reconstructs the impact that this gospel had on those who first heard it, a very different set of conclusions arise from those embraced by much of contemporary scholarship.

Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings Related to Dwelling Place
August 2, 2016 – 12:02 pm | Comments Off on Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings Related to Dwelling Place
Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings Related to Dwelling Place

selected by Darla Turlington

Here are quotations from the Bible and from secular writings that pastors and others may find useful in sermons, essays, or other venues.

Greetings From the Editor
August 2, 2016 – 12:01 pm | Comments Off on Greetings From the Editor
Greetings From the Editor

by Jin Hee Han

In this issue, our authors gather to remind us of the multifaceted nature of “Dwelling Place”. They introduce us to important topics, such as God’s “tabernacling” presence from the testimony of the Bible and our responsibility to care for the livable pace for all creatures.

      Their guiding spirit helps us once again explore the age-long aspiration to stay in communion with God as the profound meaning of the ark of the Hebrew Bible and the theology of incarnation. The theological thrust of their weavings has a corollary in the call for responsible actions in the immediate context of our times, which ranges from the local ministry of providing intellectual living space for others to caring for refugees forced to leave their home in search of a new dwelling place.

Recreation in Ezekiel 36
March 9, 2016 – 10:50 pm | Comments Off on Recreation in Ezekiel 36
Recreation in Ezekiel 36

by John W. Herbst

The most fundamental of Old Testament ideas is Yahweh as Creator. The concept of Yahweh as creator points obviously to God’s omnipotence and rightful place as ruler of the universe. For people of the Old Testament however, Yahweh’s role as creator implies the power to “recreate,” that is, to restore that which is barren and lifeless.

Viewing Care for Creation Through the Black Lives Matter Movement
March 9, 2016 – 10:49 pm | Comments Off on Viewing Care for Creation Through the Black Lives Matter Movement
Viewing Care for Creation Through the Black Lives Matter Movement

by Tamara Henry

While churches have often focused on engaging in care for creation by directing attention to issues of environmental justice (i.e. stewardship of the earth’s natural environment) an equally important aspect of affirming the sacredness of creation today must also include emphasis and regard for the dignity of lives of vulnerable human populations, including young persons of color in the United States who have increasingly become victims of socio-historic modes of racism.

The Whole Universe Lives Within the Word of God
March 9, 2016 – 10:48 pm | 3 Comments
The Whole Universe Lives Within the Word of God

by Jill Schaeffer

A city is the whole shebang living within the Word of God. Preaching to and out of an urban scene locates the lives and stories generated in that scenario dwelling within the Word. There is nothing that cannot be said or proclaimed that lies outside that Word. And nothing foretold that has not been anticipated through that Word.

Creation As An Ongoing Change
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Creation As An Ongoing Change

by Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson

A common belief among Christians is to imagine the creation of the world as an historical point at an end of a linear timeline; when God separated light from darkness and heaven from earth. The risk of describing creation as an historical point is to reduce it, to make it mechanical (cause and effect), as if everything was completed and perfect once upon a time and has to be restored.