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“Participants in the Divine Nature”: Theosis and Pauline Theology

Posted by Dr. Jeff Peterson on January 2, 2018 at 1:58 PM


For almost a quarter-century now, I have attended the Annual Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, thanks to the commitment of AGST’s administration that our faculty remain current with biblical and theological scholarship and to the generosity of our supporters. This year, a couple of friends and I looked back over the meetings we’d attended and sought to recall the sessions and papers that stuck out in our memory. It was easy to recall humorous moments, including a few disasters we had witnessed; from one of these, I learned that it’s the path of prudence to write something out on a topic before standing up to address a group of experts on it. It was easy to recall papers that advanced implausible interpretations, and hearing these is not without value; they often drive the listener back to the biblical text to pinpoint the problem with the proposed interpretation, and a clearer understanding of a passage of Scripture is the result. But sadly, it was much more difficult to recall papers that presented fresh, sound interpretations that we’ve fruitfully incorporated into our study and teaching of the Bible. (I was able to think of three, maybe more if I undertook a review of the meeting programs.)

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Topics: Christmas, Salvation, Soteriology, Michael Gorman, theōsis

The Prince of Peace: Life in an A.D. World

Posted by Dr. Todd Hall on December 23, 2017 at 9:41 AM

I have always been taken by stories of mercy and reconciliation in the midst of conflict. These moments stand out like beacons of light in great darkness; they are often stark reminders of ways in which the proclamation of the gospel calls disciples of Jesus to act as agents of hope and peace in the midst of horror. The so-called “Christmas Truce” of 1914 is one such example, and in many ways the impulse toward peace and fraternal unity stands as a powerful example of how a Christian’s life should be lived in the fractured and contentious age in which we find ourselves. If we really are disciples—students—of Jesus, we must never forget that the child born in that dark age so many years ago reigns forever as the Prince of Peace.

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Topics: Christmas, Prince of Peace, Discipleship, Christmas Truce

Why the God-Man?

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on December 19, 2017 at 11:12 AM

What is the greatest miracle in the entire Bible?  How would you answer that question, and how would you make a case for your response?  Perhaps the greatest miracle is the resurrection of Christ.  According to 1 Corinthians 15, Christ’s resurrection is certainly of first importance.  The faith stands or falls with the resurrection.  If faith in the resurrection is granted, then the other miracle stories are not really hard to believe.  But there is a miracle that surpasses them all, including the resurrection—or, more precisely, one that encompasses the resurrection and much more.

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Topics: Christmas, Miracle, Incarnation, God-Man

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