Tuesday, April 27, 2010

*Huge Sigh of Relief

Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg celebrate. Wings win, 6-1.

So, I was a nervous wreck all day. I desperately wanted 9pm to come, and dreaded it at the same time. You can imagine my relief. Also, it was an amazing game. The score makes it seem like more of a blow-out than it was - Phoenix was in it until the end of the second (the Wings played only their 3rd and 4th lines for the last 10 minutes or so of the 3rd). I listened to the game's radio feed online, and could barely stay in my seat. If only I could have seen it on TV... Can't wait for the highlights. The last 5 minutes of the 2nd period saw the Wings kill a 5-on-3, and Stuart scored short-handed to give them a 3 goal lead going into the 3rd period. That was the game.

#13 had 2 goals.
#5 had 2 goals.
#51 had 2 assists.
#28 had 2 assists.

And last but not least...

#40 had 3 assists, and was a +3 on the night (highest of the Wings). He also got the 3rd star for the night, and ended the series with a team-high (and tied for 2nd in the league) 11 points.

Round 2 for the Wings starts on Thursday out in San Jose. Now, I'm going to bed...

Torrance on the Church’s Relation to Christ

*emphasis (bold) is from me, not TF.
Thomas F. Torrance, Atonement: The Person and Work of Christ (Robert T. walker, ed.; Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic and Paternoster, 2009): 371-2.
“When we speak of the church as the body of Christ meaning the whole Christ, head and members, we must speak of it as sinless and perfectly holy, for then we speak of the church in its concentration in Christ himself. But when we speak of the church as the body of Christ meaning the body of sinners with which he identified himself in life and death, so that through the crucifixion of the body of sin he might raise it a glorious body clothed with his own holiness and purity, then we speak of the church as constantly in need of forgiveness and constantly directed away from itself to find in Christ alone its justification and its sanctification. Yet it is this very body, constituted out of sinful men and women, that Christ appropriates as his very own and brings into such union and communion with himself that, in spite of sin, he dwells within it and heals and hallows it and makes it the instrument of his saving love among the nations. This church cannot dissociate itself from the sinners that make up its membership or reckon itself untarnished by their sin and error and so separate itself from them. The church does not stand on the side of the redeemer who died and rose again for all, but stands on the side of those for whom Christ died, who come under the total judgment of the cross and are called to deny themselves and take up the cross and follow Christ. Hence far from standing aloof from the world, the church can only stand with it in the solidarity of the sin in which it is concluded and judged by the grace and justification of God. Only then can it proclaim and minister to it the saving love of God in the good news of the gospel that Jesus Christ himself was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New Center for Barth Studies Book Review

Darren O. Sumner reviews Paul Dafydd Jones' The Humanity of Christ: Christology in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics (T&T Clark, 2008).

I've been posting here and there about this book over the past month or so, but Darren's review is very detailed and definitely worth a look.

Paul Jones on Barth’s Politics & the Filioque

Paul Dafydd Jones, The Humanity of Christ: Christology in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics (London: T&T Clark, 2008): 182, bold added.
“[T]he political import of Barth’s Christology does not rely on a flattened out version of the imitation Christi, with Christ’s life operating as a paradigm for social justice in the present day. Rather, it commends the task of inhabiting and realizing a future enabled by Christ’s sanctifying existence and the work of the Spirit. The filioque, one might say, has been transformed from a point of trinitarian doctrine into a starting point for theological ethics: the Spirit draws the Christian ‘back’ to the Son and enlivens Christian action on behalf of the Son with the Father.”
This little tidbit is fascinating. The connection that Jones draws between how Barth conceives the church’s political outlook and the filioque is very interesting, and highly original – as far as I know. Of course, the proprietor of Theomentary would know better than I. Coincidently, his book on this topic in Barth is currently under review at the CBS. Look for an update when that is online.

In any case, Jones continues:
“The sin to be faught against, in the church and in the world - especially in the political sphere – is sloth. The ideal of Christian life is to participate in the work of the Spirit, thereby honouring Christ’s existence as wholehearted, sovereign, loving and productive of deliverance with its continued enactment. At issue must not be the tired and disturbingly unreflective question as to what Jesus might do, but the imperative of Christian existence in the time and space opened up and animated by God’s second and third ways of being.”
“Sloth” is quickly becoming one of my favorite concepts in Barth, although it is unfortunate that the term has such a strong association with “lazy.” In Barth’s parlance, sloth is much, much more than that, and – indeed – sometimes quite different from it as well. Whereas pride is one’s unwillingness to accept and live into God’s negative judgment leveled upon one in Christ, sloth is one’s unwillingness to accept and live into God’s positive judgment leveled upon one in Christ. Pride resists justification; sloth resists sanctification – to put it very, very simply. In any case, I like the appearance it makes here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

2010 Barth Blog Conference Line-up: Sneak-Peak!

The line-up for the 2010 Karl Barth Blog conference is locked-in, and I thought that those who eagerly await this theo-blogging event might enjoy a bit of a teaser. So, without further ado, here are some of the topics that the 2010 conference will cover, as well as their plenary authors.

Andrew Esqueda will write on Barth in conversation with Herman Bavinck.

Halden Doerge will write on Barth in conversation with Stanley Hauerwas.

Derek Maris will write on Barth in conversation with Paul Tillich.

Jon Coutts will write on Barth in conversation with the Coen Brothers.

That’s only 4 of the 17 total plenary posts that this year’s conference will feature, and each will have a respondent. As you can see, it will be an eclectic blend, where Barth’s insights will be extended into realms seldom explored by Barthians, and where insights foreign to Barth will be explored as amenable to his overall project.

So, tell your friends, join our Facebook group, and watch for further updates. The 2010 Karl Barth Blog conference will be coming to a monitor near you in the Fall!

Monday, April 05, 2010

2010 Karl Barth Blog Conference: Respondents Needed

The Karl Barth Blog Conference is coming along. We have a good batch of plenary posters lined up, and the task is now to find good respondents. Many e-mails have gone out to this end, but there are a few slots for which it has been hard to find willing and able respondents. So, if you are interested in participating in the 2010 Barth Blog Conference, and have not yet found a place to do so, here is your chance!

If you are interested in responding to plenary posts on Barth in Conversation With...

Sarah Coakley


Paul Tillich

Send an e-mail to derevth [at] gmail [dot] com. Don't delay!

More slots for respondents may be posted in the near future, but don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today!