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Author: Richard L. Floyd Created: 7/3/2008 10:20 AM
In this theology blog we will hear from Christian thinkers ancient and modern, who love Christ and his church, and honor the rich ecumenical traditions of the great church, along with my own reflections. Responses are encouraged. I also blog at:

By Richard L. Floyd on 5/9/2009 9:55 AM

On our Confessing Christ open forum the role of experience in the making of theology continually pops ups. Nobody wants to eliminate experience from the mix (indeed how could you?), but serious issues arise. Whose experience is privileged? What is the relationship of human experience to scripture, tradition, and reason, the other three legs of the Methodist quadrilateral. I find this passage from P.T.Forsyth 1848-1921) from a hundred years ago insightful. His qualifying of experience with faith reminds me of Jonathan Edwards. This passage shows, too, that this issue is not new to our time:
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By Richard L. Floyd on 4/16/2009 11:19 AM

In one of threads on our Confessing Christ internet conversation we recently discussed the role of emotion versus intellect in Christian faith. It was agreed that these are not mutually exclusive domains, but that different figures have put more emphasis on one or the other.

Under the influence of my friend and fellow Confessing Christ blogger Clifford Anderson of the Princeton Theological Seminary Library I've started reading Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920). A fascinating figure, Kuyper was a Dutch pastor, theologian, author, editor and politician, who served from 1901 to 1905 as Prime Minister of the Netherlands. He also founded the Free Univeristy of Amsterdam.

Last night I was reading his 1898 Stone Lectures at Princeton, published as Lectures on Calvinism, and I was struck by this passage:

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By Richard L. Floyd on 4/11/2009 10:06 AM

A Hymn for Easter

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By Richard L. Floyd on 4/10/2009 9:28 AM

One of my persistent vocations is answering the critics of the cross. See for example, my The Cross and Violence, Is the Word of the Cross Good News, or is it Bad News?, a paper I gave at last summer's Craigville Colloquy on Cape Cod.

So I was gratified to find this piece by N.T Wright, Bishop of Durham, in Fulcrum, from 2007, The Cross and the Caricatures. Here's a sample:
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By Richard L. Floyd on 4/8/2009 9:35 AM

There is a kind of decaffeinated Christianity that wants to quickly slide by Good Friday and get right to Easter, as if Good Friday is a morbid and somewhat unfortunate episode that is dwelt upon only by the morbid and masochistic.

Or to put it another way, we are tempted to have a Palm Sunday faith, a faith based on a misunderstanding of who Jesus is. Like the crowd at the first Palm Sunday we are tempted to see Jesus not as he is, but as a projection of our own hopes and desires.
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By Richard L. Floyd on 4/3/2009 11:24 AM

A Passion Hymn Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 3/31/2009 1:15 PM

In my thirty years as a preacher I often had the feeling, when confronted by the fact that even the most committted churchmen in my congregation had scant knowledge of the Bible, that I had just missed some golden age when the pews were chockablock with folks who read their Bible daily. Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 3/25/2009 12:10 PM

A lifeline is literally a rope tossed to a drowning person, and figuratively something that provides escape from a dire situation. Sometimes we get thrown theological and intellectual lifelines! Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 3/24/2009 10:31 AM

You Won't Despise a Broken Heart Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 3/4/2009 11:24 AM

Watts wrote over 700 hymns, mostly metrical paraphrases of psalm texts, and helped create a revolutionary new style of music. Read More »

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