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Spiritual Formation and Christian Discourse: The Shaping Power of Christian Discourse


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An address given in August 2007 at a Stone-Campbell Conference on Spiritual Formation at Speedway Church of Christ, Speedway, IN, the reverend Kent Ellett pastor. Reposted now in February 2015 due to some technical difficulties on this website.

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Notes on Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age


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In 2007 Professor Charles Taylor published his monumental A Secular Age (Belnap Press of Harvard University Press). It is widely regarded as the premier philosophical examination of the various meanings and history of the word ‘secular.’ By his own account the text began in 1999 as the Gifford Lectures, comprising now Parts I, II, III of the present text. Parts IV and V were in view during the Lectures but not brought to print until the 2007 text.

In the fall of 2009 I began meeting with a group of pastors and laity at our cabin—“Anchor Point”—on Ft. Gibson Lake in eastern Oklahoma to work through Taylor’s text. In preparing for our discussions I began constructing my own ‘notes’ on Taylor’s text. In the hope that a few readers of this website might find these notes useful, I am posting them herein.

Comments welcomed.

 

Notes on Intro, Part I The Work of Reform(1).pdf

Notes on Pt II The Turning Point and Pt III The Nova Effect.pdf


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Chapter Notes on the Grammar of Christian Faith


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Orienting notes for persons interested in studying the various chapters of A Grammar of Christian Faith or considering purchasing the two volumes.

Notes on Ch. 1: The Task and Context of Christian Theology

Notes Ch. 2: Revelation and the Knowledge of God

Notes on Ch. 3: Sources and Norms of Theology as Dialectical Confession and Profession

Notes on Ch 4: The Triune God

Notes on Ch 5: God the Creator: Creation, Providence, and Evil

Notes on Ch. 6: Human Being as Created and Sinful

Notes on Ch. 7: The Person of Jesus Christ

Notes on Ch 10: The Christian Life

Notes on Ch. 11: The Doctrine of the Church


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On Being Identified as Ambassadors for Christ


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This is a sermon preached at the ordination of our youngest daughter, Verity Augusta Jones, at a joint service of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ in Colchester, CT on March 25, 1995. I just recently rediscovered the text amidst some old floppy disks that I am trying to update in order to transfer to my new computer. Verity is now Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. The sermon expresses themes essential to my understanding of the church and its ordained ministry.

 

On Being Identified as Ambassadors for Christ

Joe R. Jones

2 Corinthians 5.16-21

“16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us…


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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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