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60The Ties that Bindhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/10/the-ties-that-bind
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Dale M. Coulter)Recently I attended my son’s installation ceremony as a member of the student government at his elementary school. The passage into office was marked by a series of oaths in which students made vows to uphold the integrity of their charges and the duties that flowed from those vows. In the ancient Roman world, the term most employed to refer to the civic relationship to which such vows bound a person was
Evangelical Universities, Activism, and the Life of the Mindhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/10/evangelical-universities-activism-and-the-life-of-the-mind
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Dale M. Coulter)I have made no secret of my disagreement with the historical and theological reasoning Mark Noll employed to lump together dispensationalists, holiness churches, and Pentecostals in his
of evangelicalism’s anti-intellectual impulse. Yet Noll and George Marsden, among others, have rightly pointed out how activism operates as a fundamental force within evangelical identity. This operation has both positive and negative consequences, one of which is, no doubt, a culture that devalues the characteristics necessary for the cultivation of the life of the mind.
]]>Wesleyans and the Reformationhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/wesleyans-and-the-reformation
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:10:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Dale M. Coulter)It’s that time of year again, when Protestants begin to reflect on what the Reformation has meant and continues to mean. It is a contested legacy, the interpretation and appropriation of which depends upon historical trajectories and contemporary concerns. Within the evangelical world, the legacy of the Reformation unfolds in different ways depending on whether one identifies primarily with the confessional or the pietistic wing.
]]>John Webster, 1955-2016: A Tributehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/06/john-webster-1955-2016-a-tribute
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:05:00 -email@example.com (Dale M. Coulter)I remember it like it was yesterday. Having been invited by Alan Torrance to visit King’s College, London, I found myself sitting beside him and staring at Colin Gunton over lunch. Alan had just introduced me as a young doctoral student at Oxford studying Richard of St. Victor. Gunton piped up, “Oxford? There are no theologians at Oxford.” I recoiled momentarily and then blurted out, “We have John Webster”—to which Gunton immediately replied, “Right, well, Webster is an exception.”
]]>The Limitations of Symbols for Religion and Civic Lifehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/02/the-limitations-of-symbols-for-religion-and-civic-life
Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:30:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Dale M. Coulter)I continue to ponder the discussion in
of the civic role of religion in America. It is a worthwhile discussion, though admittedly fraught with so many challenges that it becomes difficult to deal with them from any single viewpoint. To take but one example, one might consider Rod Dreher’s continued call for a Benedict Option (see
), which has been much debated.
]]>Blind Willie Johnson, Andraé Crouch, and American Culturehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/01/blind-willie-johnson-andra-crouch-and-american-culture
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:00:00 -email@example.com (Dale M. Coulter)The recent passing of the well-known Gospel singer Andraé Crouch offers an opportunity to reflect further on the way in which Christianity continues to shape culture through the creation of new cultural forms of music, art, etc. This is all the more relevant in light of the current discussion about Christianity and culture
has stimulated. Crouch’s life reflects a different model of the relationship between Christianity and culture than the activist approach that tends to define Christian engagement in terms of its social impact.
]]>Managers, Therapists, and Saving Democracyhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/01/managers-therapists-and-saving-democracy
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Dale M. Coulter)In the fourth chapter of
The Twilight of the American Enlightenment
, George Marsden discusses the problem of authority in 1950s America. This problem concerned how to reconcile the authority of the scientific method with the authority of the autonomous individual. At the level of pop culture, the solution was to utilize the former to establish the latter.
]]>Pentecostalism and the Question of Culturehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/11/pentecostalism-and-the-question-of-culture
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:00:00 -email@example.com (Dale M. Coulter)In a recent
article for Christianity Today
, Ed Stetzer offers some sociological analysis as to why Pentecostals continue to experience growth despite trends of decline or stagnation among many forms of Christianity. His three reasons coalesce around the distinctive Pentecostal doctrine of a baptism in the Spirit. Mission is fueled, he says, by leaders who recognize this distinctiveness and who believe that it needs to be shared.
]]>Pope Francis, Catholic Charismatics, and the Churchhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/11/pope-francis-catholic-charismatics-and-the-church
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Dale M. Coulter)On Friday of last week Pope Francis addressed the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Communities (CFCC) and Fellowship at its sixteenth annual international conference in Rome. The focus on the new evangelization gave the Holy Father the opportunity to speak of a dual theme that is proving to be central to his papacythat is, unity in diversity, and mission.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -email@example.com (Dale M. Coulter)T
he martyrdom of Christians throughout history, and particularly in the Middle East today, is a living example of what Gustaf Aulén called
an ancient understanding of the atonement which points to the basic model of the work of Christ as a warrior who overcame sin, death, and the demonic.