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Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

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…or, Something to keep you busy over the weekend…

…or, The Past Fortnight in the Theoblogosphere.

It has been just over a month since our last link post, which is pretty good considering that DET is on summer hiatus. But as I explained before, my collection of links continues to grow even while on hiatus, and the pile needs to be reduced from time to time. Besides, I've got some big news to share!

Drum-roll please! (*imagine hearing a drum-roll*)

My long-awaited book on Helmut Gollwitzer is available to pre-order!!! That's right: I've been teasing you, gentle and patient readers, with this book for years now, posting snippets and tidbits from Gollwitzer from time to time (click here for DET posts on Gollwitzer). And now the moment is finally here when you can reserve your copy of the book today! Click the picture below if you want to read the table of contents and endorsements.


Speaking of Gollwitzer, Sojourners published a piece that I wrote on Gollwitzer, Donald Trump…

Bringing Sexy Back for DET’s Birthday!

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Observe the pictures above, gentle readers. On the left you see pictured Justin Timberlake, singer, songwriter, actor, etc, and on the right is pictured David W. Congdon, kickass dialectical theologian. Both men, it could be argued, have brought, are bringing, and will continue to bring the proverbial “sexy” back. Only one of them, however, is also bringing Rudolf Bultmann back. Unless, that is, the gentleman on the left has as yet hidden depths…

I hear you, gentle readers, I can see into your minds: “What, oh what,” you ask yourselves, “does this have to do with our beloved, esteemed, decorous theology blog?” I’m glad you asked. You see, tomorrow is DET’s 11th birthday, and I felt that this momentous occasion warranted breaking our current hiatus to conduct something of a celebration. And since I won’t be at my computer terminal tomorrow on DET’s actual birthday, I thought I’d celebrate it today.

What’s that? You wonder what on earth this has to do with Mr. Timberlake? Well, as so…

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

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…or, Something to keep you busy over the weekend…

…or, The Past Fortnight in the Theoblogosphere.

We interrupt this DET summer hiatus to bring you a link post! It has been a month and a half since the last link post because, well, we’re on hiatus. But there are two reasons why I decided to pop out of self-imposed obscurity to offer you these links: first, because my link pile grows at the same rate during hiatus as it does when not on hiatus, and the pile is currently huge and in need of reduction; second, because it’s John Calvin’s 508th birthday!!!

So, in addition to the usual list of links from elsewhere on the interwebs, I thought that I would bring you a selection of DET’s posts on Calvin in honor of his birthday. This is your chance to learn quite a lot about him by creating on the screen of your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or even desktop monitor. So, without further ado, here are some…

DET posts on John Calvin:

Calvin, Christ, and the Sword - This was my first ever post about…

Wear Your Red Proudly: A Pentecost Sermon

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I’m wearing red suspenders and a red tie, and many of you are wearing red as well. And some of you may be wondering, Why? Because today is the day that we as a Church remember and celebrate Pentecost, the day in history when the Holy Spirit descended as if flames of fire on the heads of the disciples in Jerusalem, after Jesus had ascended to heaven. The full story of all what happened on that day can be found in Acts 2:1-13. We wear red to symbolize the fire of the Holy Spirit. Fire burns. Fire purifies. Fire transforms. Fire ignites. No, I’m not a pyromaniac. I’ve just been set on fire by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I want you to imagine that you are one of those disciples of Jesus long, long ago who had walked on this earth alongside our Lord. We are living between Ascension and Pentecost. Imagine all that you had gone through up to this point, all that you had experienced, seen, heard, and lived. Glance at the dusty and sweaty hungry crowds he spoke too on the mountains and the o…

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

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…or, Something to keep you busy over the weekend…

…or, The Past Fortnight in the Theoblogosphere.

Well, it’s been a little over a month since the last link post. As you can imagine, I’ve got lots of goodies to share with you, both from DET and from elsewhere. However, the most important things that I have to share is a bit of news:

DET will go on its summer hiatus effective immediately and lasting through Labor Day.
Your friendly, neighborhood DET authors will be busy over the summer generating the gripping posts on theological, biblical, historical, ethical, and political topics that you’ve come to expect from us. So stay tuned for more come September.

In the meantime, I would encourage you to explore the DET archives. We’ve got over 10 years’ worth of posts in there for your enjoyment, so use the archive navigation tabs on the left side bar to poke around. Or make use of the tabs at the top of the home page: About DET; About the Authors; Book Reviews; Serials Index (my personal fav…

"Powers of Folly": An Early Barth Sermon on the Principalities

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Reading some of the sermons Barth delivered in Safenwil, Switzerland, in 1914 yields a few tantalizing surprises. I found some of these in his homily from October 18, an almost uncanny meditation on the principalities and powers.

A Unique Time of God: Karl Barth’s WWI Sermons, Trans. & Ed. B y William Klempa (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2016).

Barth's sermon text was Romans 8:38-39, the culmination of one of the most profound and perhaps one of the most perplexing passages in the New Testament. Having pondered the groans of a creation eagerly awaiting liberation from the bondage of death, Paul writes:

I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In wrestling with this passage, Barth both grasps onto his faith in the coming Kingdom of God, an ethical commonweal…

Francis Turretin’s Ecclesiology, 18.17: The Primacy of Peter

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Seventeenth Question: Was Peter an ecumenical pontiff and the head of the church and the vicar of Christ? We deny against the Romanists.

I mentioned previously that question 16 was indirectly about papal primacy, but with question 17 we embark upon a series of questions that address that issue directly. As you no doubt gleaned from what you’ve learned about Turretin thus far, as well as from his posing of the question above, things are unlikely to go well for il Papa.

To begin, however, Turretin characteristically wants us to be entirely clear about what he is and is not arguing. For starters, you will have noted that the question is posed with reference to Peter. The logic is that if Peter is unable to claim primacy then the Pope, as the apostolic successor of Peter, is similarly unable. To be clear, Turretin is not arguing that Peter has no sort of primary whatsoever. He seems willing enough to grant Peter a certain sort, or certain sorts, of primacy. He clarifies that “the question…