6:00p, CST: A great first weekend! I’m excited for next weekend with folks like Nijay Gupta and Stan Hauerwas presenting.
5:39p, CST: We need to live within our “creatureliness” rather than trying to be divine in how we manage nature.
5:37p, CST: Three fruits of the ecological vocation: (1) restraint, (2) resourcefulness, and (3) contentment .
5:34p, CST: Fortitude helps maintain these other virtues.
5:33p, CST: Virtues such as prudence and temperance being discussed now.
5:28p, CST: What is a virtue? What is its relationship to ecological ethics? Virtue = acquired human quality…to achieve particular goods and prevent us from not obtaining those goods.
5:27p, CST: Jorgenson presenting:
5:26p, CST: Repentance is change, and this change is a radical reorientation toward ethical behavior. This isn’t a one time event, but we must do it daily
5:24p, CST: Sin is a “relational condition.”
5:21p, CST: Repentance + a pursuit of particular virtues (restraint, resourcefulness, and contentment) are key.
5:20p, CST: Our ecological concerns have not addressed congregations as a whole. Our worship expressed our belief.
5:17p, CST: Jorgenson begins by discussing the “eco-shift” in American consciousness. But this doesn’t mean Americans are ecologically sustainable. Actually, it’s worse than ever.
5:15p, CST: Great shot of N.T. Wright presenting (from earlier today):
5:10p, CST: Last session of Day 1: Kiara Jorgenson (Ph.D. Candidate Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN), “The Role of Repentance and the Virtues toward the Christian Fulfillment of Ecological Vocation”.
4:48p, CST: To allow the aggressive actions to continue would have been unethical for Paul.
4:42p, CST: If the agitators are being aggressive, then expulsion is permissible. This is why his attitude is different than in Romans. The insiders can be expelled.
4:41p, CST: How does a persecuted group expel agitators?
4:32p, CST: Persecution associated the oppressed with Christ, marking their identity, making them the “right kind of children of Abraham,” while those who persecute do not represent Christ.
4:30p, CST: Baptism marks out more than membership, but addresses the kind of community: one with a crucified messiah.
4:29p, CST: Dunne presenting:
4:28p, CST: Suffering and persecution function as boundary markers.
4:25p, CST: The agitators are acting like Ishmael in their aggressive, persecuting behavior.
4:21p, CST: The agitators are not Jews in particular, but particular people.
4:18p, CST: Dunne addressing mission and ethics as it relates to outsiders.
4:13p, CST: Ok, I chose the paper on Paul because that is more my niche, but I do want to go back to watch the recording of Manby’s paper.
4:07p, CST: Two very interesting sessions to choose from next. Either John Anthony Dunne “Suffering, Christian Identity, and the Expulsion of the Galatian Agitators (Gal. 4:29-30): A Response to Susan Eastman” or Aaron C. Manby’s paper on absolute pacifism in the early church!!!
3:47p, CST: The eschatological temple = the church.
3:40p, CST: Rosner explaining the connections between purity and being the temple based on the expectation that temples be pure.
3:30p, CST: If the church is the temple, the bread and wine are the sacrifice.
3:27p, CST: Solomon’s temple was the anti-type of the fulfilled temple which is the church.
3:24p, CST: Entered this session a little late: Brian Rosner, “The Church as Temple and Moral Exhortation in 1 Corinthians”.
2:46p, CST: How does this address the prevailing wisdom of our day? (1) If this wisdom is not that of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, but the prevailing upper class of Corinth? How does that compare to eudaimonia? (2) If this not universal, but specific to Corinth, how do we understand “wisdom,” “power,” and “foolishness” of our day? (3) Does the prevailing wisdom of the day play any role in following Apollos, or Paul, or Cephas, etc? (4) If the modern self-help movement compares favorably to the Corinthians concept of eudaimonia is it compatible with the Gospel? (5) How dangerous is it for Christians today to have our own guru and own wisdom? (6) Does self-help promote the power “in me” and not God?
2:39p, CST: Paul had a specific idea of “foolishness,” it is not a generic idea. Paul is against a particular prevailing wisdom at that time that was unable to point people to God.
2:36p, CST: Paul is addressing how people in Corinth understood the Gospel, as stupid. This is less about “knowledge” and more about influence. The Corinthians see the Gospel as “slave logic,” but it is powerful in God.
2:35p, CST: The contrast is not between wisdom and foolishness, but foolishness and the power of God.
2:34p, CST: Since Paul is vague here, using words like “wisdom,” “power,” and “foolishness,” people can insert their own ideas into this, critiquing what they want to critique, using Paul’s words, but Paul may have meant something less universalistic and more specific.
2:33p, CST: 1 Cor 1:18-25 = popular Christian response to questions of human wisdom
2:31p, CST: Estes presenting:
2:31p, CST: Wisdom was on the mind of the ancients, so how do we read Paul’s statements in 1 Cor 1?
2:30p, CST: How do we speak to people who are interested in the practical wisdom of our day, and speak in this language, when presenting biblical wisdom?
2:28p, CST: North Americans are fascinated with the idea of reaching the fullest potential of our happiness.
2:26p, CST: Estes shares how ancient Greeks understood eudaimonia and whether self-help is a modern form.
2:22p, CST: Estes is introducing us to the self-help movement, it’s positives, it’s negatives, it’s money making potential, and how this relates to biblical wisdom.
2:16p, CST: Douglas Estes discussing “The Transformation of Wisdom: Self-help, Foolishness, and Moral Formation in an Ecclesial Context”.
2:05p, CST: Next up, my former professor and a mentor of mine, Douglas Estes!
1:45p, CST: Cruciformity is not only theology and Christolgy, but ecclesiology!
1:41p, CST: What about “just war?” Paul’s logic: although you’ve been wrong, and you have an authoritative tradition allowing you to response, don’t follow that, overcome evil with good. (1 Cor 6, 9 and “rights”)
1:38p, CST: To follow God we are to forgive and be reconciled. This is not how God is viewed by much of Western society.
1:37p, CST: Rom 5:1, 6-1; 12:9-21
1:33p, CST: I see people using #ecclesiaandethics on Twitter for those interested.
1:30p, CST: 2 Cor. 5:14-15, 18-19, 21. Messiah’s death is an act of Christ’s love and God’s act of reconciliation and forgiveness.
1:29p, CST: The church becomes like God through narrative, cruciform practices.
1:23p, CST: Cruciformity is not merely spirituality, but imitation of Christ, specifically.
1:22p, CST: Cruciformity = cruciform + conformity
1:20p, CST: God is often left out of theology, oddly enough!
1:17p, CST: Paul as theologian: (1) messianic; (2) the cross and resurrection; (3) narrative; (4) ecclesial; (5) mystical.
Michael Gorman presenting:
1:16p, CST: The cross of Jesus Christ answers both of these questions.
1:15p, CST: This passage addresses (1) who or what is God? (2) what is the church?
1:14p, CST: 1 Cor 2:2 tells us about Paul’s theology, Christology, ecclesiology, etc.
1:10p, CST: Technical difficulties resolved. So far, this is the first one. Not bad for an inaugural online conference!
1:06p, CST: Michael Gorman (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary; Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University) will begin the second half of day one speaking on “God, the Cross, and the Church” as soon as some technical difficulties are resolved.
See my notes from the earlier sessions: Day 1, Part 1.