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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: http://richardlfloyd.blogspot.com/

By Richard L. Floyd on 2/14/2010 9:21 AM

The great British theologian P.T. Forsyth often complained that the church was guilty of the “sin of bustle,” by running errands for the culture at the expense of its own unique vocation. Perhaps preachers are the guiltiest of them all when it comes to this, as they stop attending to their high calling of preaching. Here's Richard Lischer's cogent take on what too often happens to preaching today: Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 2/13/2010 10:23 AM

You Won't Despise a Broken Heart Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 1/5/2010 1:21 PM

A hymn for epiphany Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 12/22/2009 3:30 PM

“The Miracle of Christmas” Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 11/30/2009 1:40 PM

I wrote this Advent hymn for my local church in the Advent following the 9/11 attacks. Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 10/21/2009 10:44 AM

In the several months since I started my personal blog, “Retired Pastor Ruminates,” which can be found at: http://richardlfloyd.blogspot.com/ I have had quite a number of visits from people doing a Google search for “Retired Pastor.” Many of them are looking for things to say at a retirement for their pastor, a farewell sermon or a prayer. Instead they have found things like long treatises on eschatology, rants about the Red Sox, and borscht recipes.

Never being one to want to disappoint I decided to write a prayer for a retired pastor. I may be retired, but I can still write a prayer. So here it is. I started out writing a rather generic one with (name) and (his/her), but it came out eerily disembodied. So I fell back on an ancient practice, and called my retiring pastor Theophilus, the addressee of Luke's Gospel and the Book of Acts, a name that translates from the Greek roughly as “friend of God,” or “beloved of God.” Since I never knew Theophilus I just wrote the kind of things that
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By Richard L. Floyd on 10/12/2009 10:11 PM

For me the big one was the bad bike accident, but it could have been any number of other events. Because I think most of us have had at some point the disconcerting realization that our life is not under our control. As a pastor for thirty years I spent a lot of time with people after they had this realization. Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 8/3/2009 12:11 PM

As I have written before, my favorite theology blog is Jason Goroncy's Per Crucem ad Lucem. On his blog today, On the relation between the pulpit and the academy, he has a terrific quote from Charles Partee:

‘[I]f God speaks, and if God speaks in the church, then on some subjects sermons are not popularized products of more basic scholarly reflection. Rather scholarly reflection is an academized product of the more basic proclamation of the gospel … Thus, for the Christian community, sermons are a first-order, not a second-order, activity … As worship is more fundamental in the church than theology, so kerygmatic proclamation is more basic and often more pertinent than scholarly reflection’. – Charles Partee, The Theology of John Calvin(Louisville/London: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008), 46.

I couldn't agree with this more.
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By Richard L. Floyd on 6/25/2009 11:44 AM

Might a robust cross-centered Gospel be the best stewardship tool? Read More »

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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