A number of my colleagues recommended I read What is the â€œGood Newsâ€ of Jesus Christ?*, delivered by David Suryk at the 2016 Midwest Faculty Conference (Cedar Campus, 6/19/2016). When I had opportunity to connect with David at this summer’s Midwest Faculty Conference, I asked him not only for a copy of What is the â€œGood Newsâ€ of Jesus Christ?, but also the permission to share the sermon with the Emerging Scholars Network via a series on the blog (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5). “Thank-you!” to David for the series and Hannah for editing. As this post wraps up the series, take time to read the whole series. To God be the glory! ~ Tom Grosh IV, Associate Director, Emerging Scholars Network
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A number of my colleagues recommended I read What is the â€œGood Newsâ€ of Jesus Christ?*, delivered by David Suryk at the 2016 Midwest Faculty ConferenceÂ (Cedar Campus, 6/19/2016). When I had opportunity to connect with David at this summer’s Midwest Faculty Conference, I asked him not only for a copy of What is the â€œGood Newsâ€ of Jesus Christ?, but also the permission to share the sermon with the Emerging Scholars Network via a series on the blog (Part 1, Part 2).Â “Thank-you!” to David for the series and Hannah for editing. To God be the glory! ~ Tom Grosh IV, Associate Director, Emerging Scholars Network
As part of his Doctor of Ministry (DMin) inÂ Ministry to Emerging GenerationsÂ (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), Tom’s written a number of book responses and given several short presentations (personal and group). In this series he not only “shares the wealth,” but also looks forward to your feedback as he refines his project: An argument for vocational discernment for graduate studies in the context of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (Stay tuned to learn more!). Earlier posts on the program: Ministry to Emerging Generations and The Big Picture of Ministry to Emerging Generations.
The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World
David F. Wells concludes Chapter II: Christianity for Sale in The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Press, 2008) by declaring:
It is time to reach back into the Word of God, as we have not done in a generation, and find again a serious faith for our undoubtedly serious times. It is now time to close the door on this disastrous experiment in retailing faith, to do so politely but nevertheless firmly. It is time to move on. It is time to become Protestant once again (58).
As some of you may have picked up from the Emerging Scholars Network Facebook Wall,Â What is the Hope for Humanity? A discussion of technology, politics, and theologyÂ (1:26:47) has been receiving my attention this weekend. What is the Hope for Humanity?Â is aÂ Veritas Forum featuring theologian N.T. Wright and Peter Thiel (founder of PayPal). I offer their dialogue and our own interactions with it as a helpful tool in considering/reflecting upon the source ofÂ “our hope” (individually and corporately in our various communities) as we enter the fall term with our “eyes on the prize(s) set before us”. I encourage you to watch the video with some friends (e.g., hangout for an evening in person and/or share on-line to discuss over the course of several days).
Some questions I’ve asked myself (in the context of the larger question “In what mannerÂ does a Christian bring a unique perspective to the discussion?”) and pass along to you.
- What is the difference between hope and optimism?
- What is the fount (or is the image of a “deep well” more appropriate) from which we find our sense of hope springing/flowing?
- How much have I/we been disappointed by the modernist narrative? Why?
- Why have I/we been reluctant to engage the post-modernistÂ “narratives”?
- What do I/we truly have to offer in its place?
- Is cynicism knocking on my/our door? With what do I/we resist cynicism?
- Who do I /we consider an inspiring leaders (historical, current)? Why?
- How do they shape my/our sense of hope?
- What societal and/or technological change to I/we truly desire? And at what pace?
- How do I/we care for my head, heart, and hands in a manner which truly expresses love for God, neighbor, and creation all the days of my life — whether shorter or longer than expected? How much should I/we strive to live longer “in this life”?
- How do I/we envision the new heavens and the new earth? Is it a flashback to a previous era, similar to the current time, a futuristic vision, a unique blending together of times?
Feel free to post some responses (and additional questions). In addition, stay tuned not only for some of my reflections, but also more questions. Brainstorm:Â maybe I should ask some of our resource friends (e.g., interviewees to join the conversation.
Note: I came across this video while exploring the relevant blog pageÂ on the Christian Engineering Society’s website.Â Derek Schuurman, a computer science professor at Redeemer University College and author of the recent book Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer TechnologyÂ (IVP, 2013), posted it on his blog. Yes, this book is in the “review queue” 🙂
Desire to follow theÂ 2014 Ancient Evangelical Future Conference on As We Worship, So We Believe: How Christian Worship Forms Christian Faith, but unable to attend? No problem. You can find a number of the keynotes from theÂ Robert E. Webber CenterÂ conference(s) onÂ Anglican TV.Â In addition, lots of other resources on Anglican TV, including material by N.T. Wright. I encourage you to check it out 🙂
I’m really looking forward toÂ seeing (even meeting for the first time) a few members of the Emerging Scholars Network at the conference AND connecting with a number of friends from my years in ‘da Burgh! I’ve already started to do such. Furthermore, I think my colleague and friend Paul may have just introduced me to a new member for ESN 🙂
Back to the conference whereÂ Edith HumphreyÂ (PhD, McGill University), the William F. Orr Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary,Â has just begun to addressÂ The Lord is for the Body: Matter and Epiphany in Christian Worship.Â To God be the glory!