Archives for tag: Augustine

Doing Theology as a Servant of Jesus (15): Christian theology aims for wisdom.

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In the last installment, we noted that Christian theology strives for truth. In our Western intellectual context, we tend to equate “truth” with science-oriented knowledge. But Christian theology provides more than that sort of knowledge. It also leads one to wisdom. In fact, for two millennia, theologians have debated about … Read More »

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Theology & Culture (5): Case Studies (Augustine, Kuyper, Hubmaier, Lewis, Schaeffer, Neuhaus)

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Upon arriving at Southeastern Seminary in 1996, I had little or no motivation to study church history and historical theology. I wanted to learn “the bottom line” on the major biblical and theological issues, and then get on with the business of sharing the gospel and defending the faith. My … Read More »

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On Disciplined Reading (2): What Should I Read? Choosing from a Vast Array of Options

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Determining what to read is more than a little important. Of the many books in any given library or bookstore, most can be left unread without any fear of intellectual or moral deprivation. Even (and sometimes especially) the bestsellers are not necessarily worth reading. So what should a seminary student … Read More »

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Gospel, Church, and City (4): The Gospel Produces Missional Planters & Churches

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In the fourth session of the Greenhouse Church Planter’s CoOp, we talked about building missional churches in the 21st century post-Christendom contexts. Again, we used some passages from Keller’s Manual as starting points for our discussion. At the beginning of the session, we talked about how we minister in the … Read More »

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Augustine for the 21st Century (6): Selected Passages by Augustine, Reading Recommendations, and Concluding Thoughts

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Now, this installment is well worth your time reading. Unlike the previous installments of this blog series in which I bloviated about Augustine, this installment provides the real payoff: some bona fide passages from Augustine’s sermons and commentaries. Although I have read several of his books (City of God, The … Read More »

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Augustine for the 21st Century (5): What Can We Learn from Augustine as a Pastor-Theologian?

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Pastor Augustine was not a perfect man, but he embodied certain virtues, disciplines, and convictions that we would do well to emulate. Sixteen hundred years after he lived and wrote he continues to teach. Summary of Augustine’s Life. Augustine was born in Hippo (modern-day Algeria) in AD 354 to a … Read More »

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Augustine for the 21st Century (4): What Were Augustine’s Starting Points and How are They Relevant for Today?

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Augustine teaches us to use Christian doctrine as a lever to unseat false prophets such as Peter Singer, Richard Dawkins, or Christopher Hitchens. Augustine defended Christianity from one basic starting point: the biblical narrative is true and it alone explains the world within (existential viability) and the world without (empirical … Read More »

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Augustine for the 21st Century (3): What Can We Learn from Augustine’s Apologetic Strategy?

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Augustine teaches 21st century evangelicals how to defend the faith in their respective contexts. Among the many lessons we may learn from him, one is central: We as Christians must “out-narrate the narrators.” In the face of the narratives emerging from naturalist, pantheist, and Muslim worldviews, we must communicate the … Read More »

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Augustine for the 21st Century (2): What is Augustine’s Argument in The City of God?

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Augustine used theology, philosophy, and history to hoist the cultured despisers of Christianity by their own petard. These cultured despisers were Roman. On August 24, 410, Alaric and the Goths had sacked Rome. For the Romans this event was devastating and needed interpretation. What had weakened Rome and brought her … Read More »

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Augustine for the 21st Century (1): Why Should We Read Old Books?

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I have never been trampled by a herd of evangelicals on their way to the Augustine section of the local bookstore. Perhaps one reason for this is chronological snobbery, our tendency to believe that the new books are better than the old ones. Another reason might be that the local … Read More »

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