Life Together: Reflection and renewal in the style of Bonhoeffer's Finkenwalde Seminary Part of the “Finkenwalde Experiment” at Freeborn Lutheran Church in partnership with The Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens and The International Bonhoeffer Society Freeborn…
On September 15, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., hosted its first and only Finkenwalde Day. Finkenwalde Day came a month into Beeson Divinity’s fall semester theme, “Finkenwalde: In the School of Bonhoeffer,” a focus on…
The year was 1943, and another Advent had dawned for Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer loved Advent and had often preached sermons on this holy season of waiting and hope as a metaphor for the entire Christian life. Just one year earlier, during…
What Scripture Communication Medium Should Come First?
Before going any further, let me say that suggesting a primarily oral society should remain in their primary oral communication situation is soft racism. People who promote this don’t realize that such a comment reveals racial bias. Some Africans interpret Western proponents of orality as “white people implying that Africans can be kept in a state of illiteracy because this is their natural and preferred state.” The goal of this article is to examine natural scripture distribution; it is about diffusion through multiple paths.
If we now understand the importance of oral scripture distribution, why do so many mission agencies still assume that printed scripture should precede oral scriptures? If they are supportive of non-print media in general, why do they still view those as secondary? There are a number of reasons.
First, it may be that print learners simply cannot conceive of how an oral medium can effectively and accurately transmit the scripture text. It is difficult for people from a print culture to believe people from an oral culture can learn and recall significant amounts of information with accuracy by just hearing it. This is one reason why literacy strategists believe reading is the only legitimate method for accessing scripture. Anything less would produce inconsistencies and inaccuracies because of memory lapses.
Literacy workers’ concern about accuracy may be well-founded if they assume verbatim retelling of a written text. However, this does not mean oral cultures are incapable of recalling important themes and concepts by hearing ...
Willie Jennings, a systematic theologian from Yale Divinity School, discusses race with Dr. Labberton and reframes fraught social problems around a theology of place for Conversing, a FULLER studio podcast. You can listen to the full of interview—as well as other episodes—here. FULLER dialogues: Race The Black Seminarians Council at Fuller Seminary presents “FULLER dialogues on Race,” a careful reflection on racism and injustice, [Read More...]
Haddon Robinson (1931-2017) Darryl Dash July 22, 2017 I hadn’t planned to post today. I received word today that Haddon Robinson passed away this morning. Haddon served as the the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He wrote Biblical Preaching, a classic textbook on preaching. He’s taught thousands of preachers in his tenures […]
Our Brothers and Sisters Need Our Help by: John Stonestreet & Stan Guthrie July 19, 2017 When Jesus said, “In this world you’ll have tribulation,” He might have had Africa in mind. Imagine, if you can, that you hear rumors of Muslim terrorists coming to take over your hometown. You can’t sleep. You can’t eat. […]
Why Bonhoeffer Matters: The Challenge for Christian Ministry at the End of Christendom
by Stanley Hauerwas Bonhoeffer For Us? “Yet one may wonder how Bonhoeffer should be read by those in the ministry in our time. The challenges he faced are so different from the everyday tasks incumbent on those in the ministry in our day. Bonhoeffer confronted the Nazis and Hitler – it is hard to imagine a more dramatic conflict. […]
The Average Sermon Length of These 10 Well Known Pastors
By Justin Trapp One of the most common questions I hear related to preaching is, “How long should a good sermon be?” The best answer I’ve heard is from John MacArthur who said, “As long as it takes to cover the passage adequately. If you have nothing worthwhile to say, even twenty minutes will seem […]
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will continue her call to address the complexity and implications of racism in “Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning” – a live webcast Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. CST, available at www.ELCA.org/webcast. This is Eaton’s second live webcast on racism. Among […]
ELCA members support ecumenical partners in confronting racism
Affirming this church’s commitment to walk alongside its ecumenical partners, members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) join with members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and other partners in support of “Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America,” airing Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. EST. The concert […]
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