Both/And in an Either/Or World

I so enjoyed collaborating with my husband on an article for Light & Heat this week. Being part of designing a new seminary from the ground up has given us the opportunity to reimagine everything about theological education: who, what, when, where, and most importantly, why and how. Why have schools done things in a particular way? What’s the priority? How do students learn? What’s the goal? In this article, we examine a lot of the presuppositions surrounding education and try to articulate Tennent’s unique values. If you can see yourself geeking out about stuff like this, you might click on over to read the rest.

The paradoxical incarnation of Jesus Christ—fully man and fully God, the righteous Judge who came not to condemn the world but to save it, full of grace and truth—set in motion (among other things) a paradoxical community of Christians. Christ followers are in the world, but not of it; hopeful for blessing but braced for persecution; striving for holiness but forgiving of sin. 

Humans are not very good at holding these virtues in tension, however, and it’s no surprise that we tend to fall off on one side or the other. So often what begins as a seemingly minor philosophical spat calcifies over time into stubborn polarity. Theologically, politically, culturally, we square off, setting up opposing camps and glaring across battle lines at one another. Even when we’re not angry, we seem to prefer tidy boxes for our various positions, rejecting nuance and settling for simpler, less-rich versions of the good.

Read the rest at Light & Heat!

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