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Out of Ur posted a hilarious spin on the Chuck Norris craze (or should that be a hilarious round-house kick???) in relation to the ever prolific writing pastor-theologian N. T. Wright (thanks for pointing me to this Marc).

Here are a few of the highlights:

For too long, Chuck Norris has been the benchmark for superhuman acts of power and justice. We’re setting that right.

From Wright fans John Raines, Kevin Emmert, Drew Dyck, and Paul Pastor comes this list of adoration for everyone’s favorite bishop-scholar-warrior-guru.

You call it idolatry. We call it reality. POW!

Keep kicking, Tommy-gun!

1. N. T. Wright doesn’t parse nouns. They decline themselves before him.

2. When James Dunn came up with the New Perspective, it was already old to N. T. Wright.

(for the rest of the twelve they came up with see HERE)

And here are a few of my own:

Just for fun what would you add?

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Last week for the chapel service where I teach, we sang a song that struck me as both funny and actually quite profound. And not in the way one might imagine.

As it turned out this particular song (“Follow You”) was not what was funny or profound, but the manner in which it was written (more appropriately MIS-written) for the projector so that we could sing along. This version of the song was written without a comma. And so one part of it read:

I’ll meet the needs for the poor and needy God

I’ll follow you into the world

The missing comma makes it say something not intended–“the poor and needy God”–by the original author (or so I might suppose), but the theological claim of such a lyric is deeply profound (or at least it felt so after I recovered from laughing at the missing comma and how it changed the statement).

The theological difference of a comma or its lack can make a world of difference. One might ask how “the needs for the poor and needy God” is even true theologically speaking? Well, it is the point of the incarnation that God Himself has condescended to take on humanity “emptying himself” of His divine prerogative for our sake. And it is in the service of the “least of these” that we are actually serving the Lord Jesus.

I believe theologian Jürgen Moltmann might be proud of the misread lyric ‘the poor and needy God’ (see his The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ As the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology, SCM Press, London, 1973). It is this God that is our God. It is this God that we encounter in the Lord Jesus–“the poor and needy God”–born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, descended to the grave, and has been raised, and ascended to the right hand of the Father. This is God in Christ. This is our God (even if it was not the original intent of the song).

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You read that right…Der Führer has something to say about N. T. Wright on the issue of justification. Who knew he was such a fan of Piper’s. 🙂

My own critical engagement with N. T. Wright on the issue of justification is not nearly so funny. But I enjoyed writing it.

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English: Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics in his ...

“The length of this document defends it well against the risk of being read.” – Winston Churchill

I think this likely could have been Barth’s daily mantra as he wrote his (unfinished fourteen part) Church Dogmatics. Or perhaps Churchill was familiar with Barth’s work. 🙂

If one writes enough, then there is a basic idea that very few (if any) will ever actually read all that was written and thus have little to accurately accuse one of (beyond obscure verbosity). Because, quite simply, just when the reader thinks they are grasping what has been said, there remains another compendium of explanations that so bury the ideas of the author that to dig through such mountains of material is to be lost in the mines or buried alive for delving too deeply. (Or so it seems in reading Barth).

So I guess I’m just going to stick with occasional mining for gems in the depths of Mount CD and convincing myself I have some understanding of what he has to say. And all the while I’ll stake my claim to having regularly panned the rivers of his “Evangelical Theology: An Introduction,” “Dogmatics in Outline,” and “God Here and Now” to give me a false sense of understanding his work. 🙂

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Here is the I Heart Barth reunion from last weekend. The three, er, four of us had a great time together as should be evident from the picture where we are all having fun with Rick creepily stalking us…I mean…neatly inserted in the background. 🙂 Love these guys! Some of the finest theologians one will ever meet (in a seminary in rural Manitoba 😉 ). Seriously though….these guys are amazing and I’m glad to call them brothers and co-bloggers (even if I have had to occasionally insert myself into their camaraderie).

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