Wright or Willard Wednesdays: Power

NT Wright published a neat little book on faith and public life, basically a view of what a Christian politic might look like with the NT book of Acts as a starting point. Near the end of the book, Wright suggests how God might be at work in the world: As for power, when peopleContinue reading “Wright or Willard Wednesdays: Power”

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Wright or Willard Wednesday: Apologetics

Dallas Willard passed away on May 8th, 2013. Truly a sad day for many in the Christian world. Dallas was in the midst of writing a book on apolgetics (defense of the faith) as he was passing. The book was completed posthumously and reveals many of his intellectual claims for the Christian faith. You canContinue reading “Wright or Willard Wednesday: Apologetics”

Wright or Willard Wednesday: Paul, Exile, and Jesus of Nazareth

Today’s Wright or Willard Wednesday is from NT Wright’s big book on Paul: Paul and the Faithfulness of God. In this passage, Wright is beginning to sketch how Paul as a 2nd Temple Jew, shaped his early letters. Here, Wright shares how Jesus fulfills Israel’s longing for a God who returns to them; he isContinue reading “Wright or Willard Wednesday: Paul, Exile, and Jesus of Nazareth”

Wright or Willard Wednesday: Jesus’ Death

How about this one from NT Wright’s “Big Red,” The New Testament and the People of God: Jesus seems to have believed himself to be the focal point of the real returning-from-exile people, the true kingdom-people; but that kingdom, that people and this Messiah did not look like what the majority of Jews expected. JesusContinue reading “Wright or Willard Wednesday: Jesus’ Death”

Wright or Willard Wednesday: Conversion

Here’s another ditty from Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy. Willard is giving reference to the provocative appeal that Jesus and his early followers gave to the watching world around them. The life and words that Jesus brought into the world came in the form of information and reality. He and his early associates overwhelmed the ancientContinue reading “Wright or Willard Wednesday: Conversion”

Wright or Willard Wednesdays: Scripture

Each Wednesday, I put a thought from one of my two sages, NT Wright and Dallas Willard, for the sake of sharing a ideas from them that have encouraged me. Perhaps they will encourage you, too. Today, a passage from NT Wright from his Scripture and the Authority of God. The whole of my argumentContinue reading “Wright or Willard Wednesdays: Scripture”

Wright or Willard Wednesday: Jesus’ Appearing

Each Wednesday, I’ll try to offer a short thought from a couple of my favorite sages: NT Wright and Dallas Willard. Today, a long quotation from Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy. In this quotation, Willard reveals how it was God’s plan to arrive among us through ordinary means: He slipped into our world through theContinue reading “Wright or Willard Wednesday: Jesus’ Appearing”

Wright or Willard on Wednesday: Do Not Be Afraid

NT Wright and Dallas Willard have shaped my Christian life for the majority of my Christian life now. They are sages leading the way ahead for me as a disciple and minister. I’ll share a bit from their work on Wednesdays. Here is a block quote from an older NT Wright source called Following Jesus:Continue reading “Wright or Willard on Wednesday: Do Not Be Afraid”