Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Take on Things

Here's my take on things, ranging from the place of the kingdom of God in biblical theology (perhaps my favorite topic of all) to my critique of The Da Vinci Code. With the exception of some of the print and CD material on Lulu.com, everything is free (including the downloads on Lulu.com).

The Shack: A Discussion with Greg Thompson and Bill Wilder, four-week interactive discussion at Trinity Presbyterian Church in fall 2008. In each discussion we attempt to affirm goodness and truth where it is found in this book while gently challenging some of the book's assertions and challenges in the light of a distinctively Christian and Biblical perspective.

In- and Out-of-the-Body Experiences: A Biblical Perspective on Bodies, Heaven, and the Christian Hope, a Center for Christian Study lecture series which examines the specifically Christian understanding of bodies, death, the intermediate state in heaven, and glorified bodies in a new creation (Oct 17, 24, 31; Nov 7).

The view from Old Morocco, a Common Grounds Online post (Oct 22, 2007)

The preaching I long for, a Common Grounds Online post (May 11, 2007).

Easter at Cair Paravel, a Common Grounds Online post (March 30, 2007) musing on the significance of the Narnian prophecy that "when Adam's flesh and Adam's bone/ sits at Cair Paravel in throne/ the evil time will be over and done."

Sesame Street, study, and sanctification
, my reflections on the importance of biblical and theological study in Christian formation. This piece was posted March 26, 2007 on the blogsite for the excellent Trinity Fellows Program, for which I teach the Old Testament and the New Testament courses.

"Conformed to the Image of His Son": Image, Sonship, and the Christian Hope, a two-part Lenten lecture series delivered at Crozet United Methodist Church on March 20 and 27, 2007.

Buzz saws, idolatry, longing, and raised bodies, a short piece posted on Common Grounds Online on Feb 6, 2007, reacting to criticisms of my claim that disembodiment in heaven is a loss.

"Be Thou My Vision: Paul's View of Life in Light of Christ in His Letter to the Ephesians," a four-part lecture series delivered at the Center for Christian Study in the fall of 2006.

"The Authority of Scripture," the first in a four-part series on the theme of authority at the Center for Christian Study in 2006-2007. Robert Wilken addressed the topic of "The Authority of Tradition," Nicholas Wolterstorff spoke on "The Authority of Reason," and Drew Trotter dealt with "The Authority of Experience."

The hope of plastification, another short piece posted on Common Grounds Online, on Oct 14, 2006, reacting to the Body Worlds exhibit of plastinated human bodies presently making its way (in three versions) throughout North America.

Understanding the Bible seminar, a five-hour introduction to the Bible using various biblical genres (such as ancient near Eastern treaty form, prophetic oracle of judgment, apocalyptic literature, proverbs and aphorisms, and laments) as a window into biblical theology. This seminar was presented at the Study Center on Sept 23, 2006 (free audio download).

His transfiguration and ours, a short piece posted on Common Grounds Online on August 11, 2006, reflecting on the collect and readings in the Book of Common Prayer for the Feast of the Transfiguration.

An apology for N.T. Wright, a short piece posted June 15, 2006, on Common Grounds Online, attempting to explain my continued admiration (despite disagreements) for Bishop Wright.

"Illumination and Investiture: The Royal Significance of the Tree of Wisdom in Genesis 3," an article which appeared in the Westminster Theological Journal in June, 2006. Here I argue that had Adam and Eve obeyed, they would have eaten from the 'tree of wisdom' and been clothed in God's glory as his proper vicegerents over the world. God's clothing of Adam and Eve in animal skins is thus a token of their proper inheritance, but much less than the royal and glorious event to which their obedience would have led.

Breaking the Da Vinci Code, an hour-and-a-half lecture exploring the historical and theological claims of Dan Brown's potboiler novel (and blockbuster movie), delivered at the Center for Christian Study, April 20, 2006 (free audio download and PDFs).

Our priestly hope, a sermon delivered at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, April 2, 2006, on the investiture of the priests in Exod 28-29 and the fulfillment of the hope indicated there in Christ and the church.

Your Kingdom Come, a two-and-a-half hour lecture I gave as a part of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course at Trinity Presbyterian Church here in Charlottesville, February 2006. This is essentially a condensation of the biblical theology of human vicegerency I more fully develop in my OT course at the Study Center (free audio download).

The Doctrine of Justification in the Work of N.T. Wright, a four-part lecture series (six hours total) delivered at the Center for Christian Study in April and March of 2005. The lectures cover Bishop Wright's view of the narrative substructure of Paul's theology, the relationship between his views and covenant theology, his teaching on the "righteousness of God" and imputation, and his understanding of justification in Paul (free audio download).

Baptism & Circumcision: A Biblical Case for Believer's Baptism, a short booklet outlining a redemptive-historical defense of believer's baptism. Special attention is given to the difference between the baptism of believers in the New Covenant and the circumcision of infants in the Old Covenant (free PDF download).

The Bible, Juju Healing, and the Curse: A Christian Explanation of Suffering for Ministry in Africa, a lecture originally delivered at the Chaplaincy Program, Baptist Medical Center, Ogbomosho, Nigeria, in April 1997. This was my attempt to explain the gospel and suffering from the Biblical context to the African context. Call it contextualized Biblical theology (free PDF download).

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45 Comments:

At 10:22 PM, Blogger easyrhino said...

I thoroughly enjoyed the lectures on NT Wright. Have you thought about doing any more?

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger Stephen said...

Hi Bill,

I'm looking forward to reviewing these.

 
At 4:39 PM, Anonymous John said...

Bill, is your WTJ article on the Tree of Life available anywhere online?

 
At 5:42 PM, Blogger B-Wildered said...

John,

Thanks to your question, I asked--and received--permission from Westminster to put the pdf of my article online (available in "My Take on Things" now).

Bill

 
At 1:38 PM, Blogger kerby goff said...

Hi Bill, I've found your lecture on NTW and others really helpful as well as your article "Illumination and Investiture". Thanks for posting them!
I was just finishing up reading through Luke and came across Jesus' last statement to his disciples about "being clothed with power from on high" and immediately thought of the investiture connections you made in your article. Do you have any thoughts on the significance of that imagery here, especially in light of that event's place in redemptive history? I thought that this imagery was probably not new to the disciples and that you might know more fully the significance of it. Thanks!

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger B-Wildered said...

Kerby,

I wondered the same thing when I read Luke, a point I make in one of the footnotes in the WTJ article. I found it fascinating that the promise that the disciples would be clothed on high was preceded by the opening of their eyes (so that they could understand Scripture). Illumination and investiture!

Bill

 
At 12:31 AM, Blogger kerby goff said...

Bill,

I hope you don't mind another question. Thanks for your response last time!
As I was reading an article, a footnote prompted this line of questioning:
Is the revealing of the sons of God in Romans 8 and the restoration of creation the final "return from exile" and the concomitant fulfillment of prophecies like those in Isaiah 42:1 and Habakkuk 2:14? Is this also the same moment of becoming like Christ "because we will see Him as he is" that John mentions in 1 John? If so, when and what is that moment? The "second coming"?
I understand if you're swamped with things right now, especially in light of things at VT. I work with college students in Oklahoma, so I can only imagine how much more intense it is there in Virginia. So, I'd appreciate your thoughts whenever you have a few moments of free time, if you do! Thanks for all the helpful work you're doing. I wish we had something like the CCS here!

 
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