Paul explores the question, “What is theology?”
The way that Karl Barth has said the same thing is, as he was reading Romans the “strange new world of the Bible opened up to him.” What he means by that is he began to enter into a different world because of his realization and understanding of who God is in Christ. That thrilling discovery of an alternative cosmos, an alternative world, I’m afraid is precisely what is lost in scholastic, classical, evangelical, even protestant approaches. The very way in which they engage the world has left most of the world untouched by what I would consider the foundational understanding.
Paul explains how hope deconstructs desire. The future anterior perspective (hope) breaks through the imminent perspective (desire).
Paul talks about life in the trinity from Romans 8.
You know, we often hear people say this that ‘Christ’s death defeats death,’ but can we say that we know exactly how—‘how does it do that?’ Well, once we understand that ‘death’ is the form of ‘life’ outside of Christ, that people’s lives are controlled by this absolute that is posited, and then Christ exposes that it’s not an absolute—that the enemy controlled it as some sort of door or mystery, that it is the fear of death as pictured in Hebrews—the punishing effects of sin and death are finished…the announcement in Romans 8 is that ‘living death’ is undone in Christ.
Paul tells the luring story of theology, and provides insight on interpreting that history.
Paul Axton and Jonathan Totty talk about Bernard Lonergan.
Paul discusses how sex and death relate to the universal subject in Romans 7:1-6, which follows Paul’s book
Paul explains how the “wretched man” is rescued by Christ is Romans 7:7ff.
Conclusion. Wrapping up the conversation and looking forward.
Forging Plowshares elements. What are some specific things that Forging Ploughshares will be doing. Also, a lengthy discussion on issues facing church growth philosophy.
Introduction to Forging Ploughshares. How is Forging Ploughshares an attempt to live out a learned Gospel of peace in community?