high-octane low church

NBC Nightly News recently aired Rev. Eugene Rivers‘ description of Pentecostalism and its appeal to the poor. Rev. Rivers is pastor of Azusa Christian Community in Boston. While I do not accept his emphasis on movement from “poverty to prosperity”, I understand that as a white middle-class AG Pentecostal I have my own biases when it comes to the social implications of Gospel. I would like to think that Pentecostalism can be socially-concerned without being “prosperity” driven. I cannot endorse a prosperity-Gospel in the vein of Osteen or Roberts, but I do believe that a Spirit-driven Gospel must confront materialism and the systemic oppression of the poor.

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free
    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Luke 4:18-19

HT: Paul Grabill of Beside the Point & Jeff Leake of FutureAG.

Gordon-Conwell Christmas: Library Style

thumbnail of mosaicEach year the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary staff have a Christmas door decorating contest. This year, Goddard Library entered with a large, door-sized mosaic of theological book covers depicting Mary, Joseph and Jesus.

The images of book covers were gleaned from my own library on LibraryThing.

The images were then compiled into a photo mosaic using the free program, AndreaMosaic.

The original artwork is titled “Prince of Peace (2)” by Hanna-Cheriyan Varghese, an artist in Malaysia (see thumbnail below).

Many thanks to Hanna for permission to use her artwork. I have enjoyed her work for some time, as she envisions the biblical text with a non-Western Christian’s imagination.

Update: The library’s door won third place (as judged by an independent panel of employees), but we won the all-seminary community vote. Because of this we get to pick the cookies of our choice to be baked for the library staff. Yum!

Sage Theological Journal Trial

Sage Journals Online is hosting a free online trial of their theological journals, including:

  • Journal for the Study of the New Testament
  • Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
  • The Expository Times
  • Currents in Biblical Research
  • Irish Theological Quarterly
  • Feminist Theology
  • Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha
  • Journal of Anglican Studies
  • Studies in Christian Ethics
  • Theology and Sexuality

On James the Just see in particular:

  • Matti Myllykoski, “James the Just in History and Tradition: Perspectives of Past and Present Scholarship (Part I),” Currents in Biblical Research 5 (2006): 73-122.
  • ——–, “James the Just in History and Tradition: Perspectives of Past and Present Scholarship (Part II),” Currents in Biblical Research 6 (2007): 11-98.

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Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.

I have sinned against biblioblogdom, and I am sorry. As Tyler Williams (Codex) and Doug Chaplin (Metacatholic) have noted, the person responsible for Biblical Studies Carnival XXIV canceled at the last minute. Not only did he trample upon the sacred institution of the carnival – he actually desecrated it during the high-holy month of SBL.

Unfortunately, I am that person.

Thankfully Doug has has put together “A little unofficial Biblical Studies carnivalette,” and Tyler is still taking submissions.

Let me express my deepest regrets and apologies to the community and to Tyler in particular for backing out. I’ve felt like a louse for it.

So, in the spirit of works-righteousness (I do, after all like the Epistle of James), perhaps some of the community could chime in with appropriate penance for the guilty to perform in order to receive absolution.

Is there any penance appropriate? Flogging? Cilice?