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Monday, July 24, 2006

George gives interview with Electric Politics

I love George Hunsinger, and I haven't even had class with him yet. But he was very influential on my former youth minister and friend Glen Franklin, and so I benefited from the theological trickle-down effect. In many ways George reminds me of my father-in-law, especially in his gentle way of speaking about serious issues. The following is an interview given by George with Electric Politics, which I just came across today. George introduces Barth to us as non-academic theologians, and connects Barth's thinking with today's contemporary politics. The interview is quite long, but well worth the time.



New Articles Added

Over at Princeton's Barth site there have been plenty of new articles added that were written in the past 20 years by people like Migliore, Busch, and McCormack. Enjoy!

Monday, July 10, 2006

A Prayer

"Laugh at me, Lord. Make light of my pompous and heavy pretentiousness. Let the medicine of your mirth heal while it stings. Dispel the humidity of my ponderous self-concern. Yes, when my thoughts grow tiresome, teach me to laugh with you until together we shatter the tinkling goblets of my emptiness and pride."
- author unknown (from Prayers for a New World, ed. by John Wallace Suter, 1964).
Thanks to Tom Fisher for this one!
this is an audio post - click to play
this is an audio post - click to play

Sunday, July 09, 2006

My Last Barth meeting

Our last Barth meeting was held in Great Barrington, thanks to the kind hospitality of Matthew Palardy. We were supposed to meet at the Helsinki Tea Room, but we were unfortunately late and could not keep Matthew there to hold our table. So Matthew led us to a wonderful gazebo in downtown that had its own spotlights built in. Here we were reading Barth while sitting cross-legged on the floor, with all the rich New Yorkers on holiday walking around us in the dark. Barth in the spotlight indeed!

I want to thank Scott, Leah, Glen, and Matthew for their commitment to the group since its inception last October. They now hold the reins for where the group goes. As far as I know, they plan to finish CD I/1 by December. And then the group will perhaps take a more pedagogic turn, with presentations and shorter/easier barth readings (e.g. Dogmatics in Outline, Romans commentary, Evangelical Theology, Word of God and Word of Man, etc.). Contact Leah at threewitnesses@yahoo.com or Scott at jacksongregg2002@yahoo.com if you have any questions about it.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Edward Thurneysen

Hi folks,
I'm starting to settle into my new home here at Princeton Seminary where I'll be doing an M.Div. I've already made some great contact with neighbors (who have fed us more than we can , and can't wait to get started on intensive Hebrew this Monday (which apparently includes Friday afternoon ultimate frisbee matches with the Intensive Greek students!).

One thing that's been on my mind is Barth's life-long friendship with Edward Thurneysen, a pastor who ministered to a congregration in a village adjacent to Barth's in Safenwil. It was through meeting him that Barth found support in the midst of a serious shaking of foundations (e.g. the collapse of theological liberalism). Who was this man? Was he simply a "yes-man" to Barth? Or was he Barth's critic? How did the dynamics of their relationship change over time as Barth become more influential?

Whatever the details of the relationship, one cannot stress enough how important it is to have at least one (if not more) theological comrade on call. Even for the most introverted and self-disciplined theologian, it is essential to have someone like Thurneysen around. Not only must we seek him/her as a guide and critic of our own theology, but we must also be that very person to others.

Do you have a Thurneysen in your theological meanderings? And how much beer does this relationship consume? (always a helpful measuring stick, don't you agree?)

My thanks to those of you who answer here on this forum for your openness to discuss Barth's theology in depth.

Please keep me and my wife in prayer during this time of drastic change. And may the Lord bless you and keep you in steadfast love.

~Chris TerryNelson