Hosea

My colleague Bo Lim and I are writing a commentary on Hosea through the Two Horizons Series by Eerdmans. Needless to say, I have found it overwhelming how Hosea, particularly Hosea 1-3, has been used and interpreted by people is so many different ways. Such variability ultimately says more about the readers of Hosea than Hosea itself. Nevertheless, one must account for these uses in one way or another.

I would welcome thoughtful reflections on the challenges Hosea presents to contemporary readers.

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SPS/WTS at SPU

Hope everybody enjoyed the joint meeting of SPS/WTS at Seattle Pacific. Overall, I take it to have been a good meeting.

Not sure if people understood my paper at the SPS panel on holiness; I have significantly revised it since the presentation, and it is due to appear in Lee Roy Martin’s edited volume on The Future of Holiness (forthcoming via CPT Press). In part, I take on the tradition of prohibitions within Pentecostalism with an eye to advancing the discussion.

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Newtown

Steve Rankin, University Chaplain at Southern Methodist University, recently cited my book in relation to the Newtown tragedy    http://stephenrankin.com/where-was-god/

Honestly, I am very torn inside about all of this. Very angry, horrified, and sad.  I don’t assume that my work will be helpful at this stage of our collective mourning, but I wrote this book with the full awareness that these kinds of tragedies can and do happen.

May we look to God and one another for healing and support, and may we especially remember the families of those who lost their lives through our prayers and efforts to prevent something like this from happening again.

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Theology in the Global South

I recently had a very good experience teaching in a pre-PhD research program for students at Semisud in Quito, Ecuador. What most excited me was their motivation and energy. Many were very well-read and thoughtful. The future looks bright for the church, just that we (northern hemisphere, transatlantic culture) may have to go where the action is rather than expect it to come to us.

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Holiness and Webster

For some time, I had been hearing Wesleyan scholars and students both praise and desire an alternative to John Webster’s important work Holiness. Thanks to the editors of the Wesleyan Theological Journal for allowing me to post my recent article on the subject. Thanks also to Prof. John Webster, who not only is a great scholar but who also was a gracious and engaging host when I visited and lectured at Aberdeen last April.

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Holiness as a Liberal Art out

Particularly in classroom settings, my colleagues and I at SPU have sometimes found it difficult to claim holiness as a vital feature of the institutional mission of our university. The difficulty partly rests on the stereotypes surrounding holiness as well as the teleological ambiguity related to Christian higher education more generally. For this reason, we have put together Holiness as a Liberal Art as a text to aid us and others in claiming the vital role that Christian colleges and universities have in making disciples for God’s kingdom. We hope the text can especially help those institutions that historically have something at stake in claiming a holiness identity.

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RPE-Epicletic Community out

Revisioning Pentecostal Ethics – The Epicletic Community has finally come out; my thanks to Lee Roy Martin and Chris Thomas for their support and amazingly expeditious help. CPT Press is truly a gift to the Pentecostal-charismatic scholarly world.  This particular work understands itself as extending the arguments first proposed by Steven Land’s Pentecostal Spirituality and developing them in the area of moral-theological inquiry. Unfortunately, as influential as Land’s book has been on many of us, few have actually taken his charge to develop the agenda further.  I hope to have done so in some way with Epicletic.

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