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World Communion Sunday: Why?


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A sermon preached on October 7, 2012 on the occasion of World Communion Sunday at Southern Hills Christian Church, Edmond, OK, the Reverend Dr. Gary Byrkit, pastor. Sarah and I have become members of this congregation since moving to Oklahoma City in May. This posting has been delayed due to some technical problems encountered in getting the post in correct form and sent on time.

 

World Communion Sunday: Why?

Luke 22.15-27

 

As you have noticed in the sermon title, I have put an emphatic Why? At least the why is there to encourage us to ask why we are celebrating something called “World Communion Sunday.” The first step toward an answer to the why is simply to note that in the largely Protestant Ecumenical Movement in 1940 it was proposed that the first Sunday in October in each year be an occasion in which churches from around the world not only celebrate Holy Communion on that day but search for a sense of what it is in that…


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An Introduction to Theology Syllabus for Laity


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This syllabus was prepared for a course I have been teaching for several years in the Commissioned Ministry Training Program for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma. I hope it might be useful to others interested in advancing lay theological discussions.

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Speaking of God: An Epistolary Exchange with Stephen Long in 2010


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Professor D. Stephen Long, theologian at Marguette University, published Speaking of God: Theology, Language, and Truth [Eerdmans, 2009] in which, among many other controversial explorations, made a few critical comments about my A Grammar of Christian Faith. In 2010 we had a lively e-mail exchange, which is included herein. It should prove interesting to persons concerned with the huge disagreements among Christians in the last two hundred years concerning appropriate and truthful God-talk, including issues concerning Trinitarian and Christological conceptualities and the role of metaphysical considerations, as well as some reminiscing about the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein and the so-called ‘Yale School’ of Post-Liberal Theology. Extended discussions of classical theism, process theism, and other movements and persons in contemporary theology are explored and debated.

Professor Long, an ordained Methodist minister, previously taught systematic theology at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary. He has published several other important books in theology and ethics: Divine Economy: Theology and the Market [Routledge Press, 2000]; The Goodness of God: Theology, Church and the Social Order [Brazos Press, 2001]; John Wesley’s Moral Theology: The Quest for God and Goodness [Kingswood Press, 2005]; Theology and Culture [Cascade Books,…

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Notes on Sheldon Wolin on Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism


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Sheldon Wolin is Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton University and is the author of the magisterial work on Western political theory, Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation is Western Political Thought, expanded edition, 2004. As the title of this present work indicates—Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism—Wolin is deeply critical of political developments in the U.S. in recent decades, but especially exemplified in the War on Terror and the Presidency of George W. Bush. Important Question: does Wolin’s diagnostic analysis and critique throw light on the present deep conflicts in American political life?

 

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A King Riding on Colt toward a Cross


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A Palm Sunday sermon preached at First Christian Church, Tulsa, OK, March 28, 2010, as part of The Roy Griggs Lectureship.

 

A King Riding on a Colt toward a Cross

Mark 11.1-11

 

The Scripture we have just read from the Gospel according to Mark is one of only two Gospel narratives in the NT—the other being John—that has Jesus entering Jerusalem on Sunday of the week at the end of which he will be crucified and then raised from the dead on the following Sunday. Mark’s account of Jesus’ entry appears to be triumphal in character and style. Jesus instructs his disciples to go ahead of him and obtain a colt upon which he will ride as he enters Jerusalem. While this account of securing the colt may seem odd and confused, Mark intends for us—his readers—to hear the echoes of the Hebrew prophet Zechariah who wrote:

“Rejoice greatly…O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo your king comes to you;…


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