Lectures

The Kardashian Family

Let’s have a brief discussion about the Kardashian family because it seems to me that they’re destroying their family without knowing it. The Kardashians obtain fame for all the wrong reasons, starting them off with Kim Kardashian’s sex tape which was such a disrespect to herself (and her family), and people seem to forget that. Even though that may have been a mistake, Kim seems to not look at it... »

LEC 9: Doing Christian Theology Biblically

We must do theology biblically; because we could do theology Islamically and even do Christian theology a-biblically. (No one, at least no Christian, would claim to do Christian theology un-biblically … or would they?) We want to do Christian theology in a way that is faithful to the model we see held up as normative in the foundational source of theology: namely, Scripture. Of course, there is Bi... »

LEC 8: “Vocation & GAPS in the Kingdom of God”

Calling, Vocation, Profession There are three terms which often get confused and conflated: calling, vocation, and profession. The first two of these terms are essentially synonyms; the third is quite distinct. That said, the first two terms have a primary as well as a secondary sense in which they can be understood (from the Christian perspective, at least); hence, the confusion and conflation. T... »

LEC 7: “Forming a Christian Worldview – Summary”

In today’s lecture, we want to: (1) summarize the fundamental elements of a Christian worldview – i.e., the four-fold theological theme of Creation-Fall-Redemption-Glorification/Vocation; (2) define what a worldview is; and (3) list a number of non-Christian worldviews. Let’s begin with (2).   Defining a worldview A worldview is one’s set of ABCs: affections, beliefs, and commitments. We come... »

LEC 6: “Redeeming Fallen Creation: Transcendentals, Resurrection, Critique”

Here is an important and useful principle of biblical studies: There’s less contest about what a text says in view of the context. Let’s look at two passages along with two other verses which might serve as a framework for our understanding of the Christian doctrine of Redemption. Then, we’ll discuss the resurrection of our Lord as we consider the theological foundation for our call to the work of... »

LEC 5: “The Christian Doctrine of the Fall: Corruption, Noetic Distortion, and Reification”

Today we will be looking at the Christian doctrine of the Fall and (perhaps somewhat unexpectedly) the sociological notion of reification, splitting the lecture into these two parts. The Christian doctrine of the Fall The Christian doctrine of the Fall of humanity tells us about the condition in which we find ourselves: as alienated from God and addicted to sin. Our guilt has separated, estranged,... »

LEC 4: “The Christian Doctrine of Creation: Self-Sacrifice, Relationality, Materiality”

Today and in our next lecture, we will be looking at the Christian doctrine of Creation. There are three important truths can be derived from this doctrine: (1) that a self-sacrificing life is the most satisfying life; (2) that human persons are inherently communal beings; and (3) that the body matters just as much as the soul. (And with respect to the third truth, there are three important implic... »

Lecture 3: “The Liberal Arts, Learning-and-Life, and Longing for Shalom”

What are universities for? The answer one gives to this question will depend on what one sees as the role of education more generally. Education, from the Latin “educare,” has to do with leading a student out of the darkness of ignorance into the light of truth. Learning has fundamentally to do with illumination. My alma mater, the University of Oxford, has as its motto “dominus illuminatio mea” –... »

Lecture 2: “Theology, Society, and Worship”

Last time we looked at the relationship between gospel and culture. We discussed the Accommodation View and the Isolation View, both of which we found to be inadequate, as well as the Transformation View which we found to be theologically and biblically more satisfying. Today I want us to ask a slightly broader question: What is the relationship between theology and society? The gospel is one face... »

Lecture 1: “Gospel & Culture”

It is a deep pleasure for me to be a sojourner with you in this course and in the Kingdom. I use the term “sojourner” deliberately: while I am the professor of this course, I am also one who is learning what it means to be faithful to Jesus, our redeemer and Lord. So, yes, there is a distinction between instructor and student, professor and class; but insofar as we are parts of the Body of Christ,... »

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