The experiment with interfaith leadership/clergy formation at Claremont is a bold initiative. The article in Time magazine â€œTraining Pastors, Rabbis, and Imams Togetherâ€ demonstrates several things. First the new sense of innovation that is sweeping theological education as the old economies and institutions continue to shrink and reconfigure themselves in a world after the cultural [...]
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? In the opening convocation of Truett Seminary on Tuesday August 26, 2010 Dr. Tucker academic dean began our series of chapel sermons on Christian Community. He reminded us that what makes us a community is Jesus Christ. Let me say again, what holds us together is Jesus Christ. Now donâ€™t confuse this with the [...]
Reflections on â€œThe Lamb of God and the Forgiveness of Sin(s) in the Fourth Gospel â€œby Sandra M. Schneiders
Scheiders conclusions on the banquet of the Lamb and the forgiveness of sins provide an interesting backdrop for the ongoing discussion of penal substitution. This is the evocation of the third type that allows John 20:23 to provide an interpretative key for John 6. As the Father sent me (concerning the state of) sin, so I send you to forgive (behavior) sins. Jesus provides the vehicle to replace the fear of the contingency of creaturehood (primal/original sin)with a belief in Jesus that is not proposition but rather participation in a post-fear enterprise of God.
Bruce Reyes-Chow speaks insightfully about the need for theological education to prepare women and men for the church on the horizon. His suggestion that the seminaries connect to the church needs greater nuance. Most seminaries connect with constituent churches. The Association of Theological Schools has actively supported the turn to the church. The more seminaries turn to the church the more we recognize that North American churches are as balkanized as the rest of North American culture.