Irenaeus consistently resisted the anti-body emphasis that emerged in later Christian theology. His eschatology is remarkably focused on the resurrection of the body, and the renewal of the cosmos; and he works overtime to avoid the “angelic soteriology” so prevalent in the later Christian tradition, namely the idea that humans become equal to the angels when they die. For Irenaeus, human beings, made in the image of the embodied Son of God, are at the top of the celestial food chain. Humans don’t become “equal” to angels when they die, but rather “pass beyond the angels” and ascend to God himself (Adversus Haereses 5.36.3).
It’s easy these days to dismiss the wisdom of the past. Given our improved technology and all our current collected learning, surely learning from the past would lead to regression, right? Plus, weren’t all these people basically racist, patriarchal, and generally mean-spirited? That’s, at least, how some perceive the Puritans. After all, we use the word “puritanical” only in a negative way, to denote someone who is self-righteous, morally rigid, and generally un-likable.
Athanasius became Bishop of Alexandria during the church's struggle with Arianism, in which Arians claimed that Jesus was merely a creature and not divine. This was despite rulings to the contrary from the Council of Nicaea (325 AD). So Athanasius spent his life promoting the Nicene understanding of the faith at a time when "the whole world groaned in astonishment to find itself Arian."
The name ‘John Calvin’ is synonymous with many things, depending on who you ask. A straw poll of Western Christians would probably reveal labels like ‘great theologian’ and ‘totally biblical’ being neck-and-neck with a descriptor like ‘theologically misguided’ and other terms not suitable for publication. There are few more polarizing figures in the church than this sixteenth-century reformer.
The Center for Pastor Theologians is pleased to officially announce our second annual Student Paper Contest. As was the case in 2018, our student paper contest corresponds to our conference theme for 2019.
In this edited conversation, Matthew D. Kim, a friend of the CPT, talks about his 2017 book, Preaching with Cultural Intelligence: Understanding the People Who Hear Our Sermons.
It may be cause for rejoicing that someone who regularly calls his opponents ‘swineherds’ or the ‘ass to cap all asses’ (and those are some of his politer idioms) is not typically analyzed as a pastor. Martin Luther is remembered primarily for his larger than life persona, which aided his posting of the Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg and his ensuing tête-à-tête with the Pope. In fact, much of the popular media concerning last year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation re-enforced this view of Luther as rebel prophet, persecuted saint, and defender of the gospel of grace.
The CPT has commissioned multiple worship pastors to write worship music that teach and celebrate the historic Christian doctrine of creation. The second of these songs was written by Josh Caterer, worship pastor at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL. We are proud of the work that Josh has done in writing and recording this song, and we are excited to be able to share this resource with you.
The CPT is pleased to announce that Dr. Todd Wilson has been named by the CPT Board of Directors as the first President of the Center For Pastor Theologians effective June 2018.