Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Seeking the City": Blogging Through Brand and Pratt - Biblical Theology 4

One of the great things about reading any work of theology is how easily deep theology turns into deep doxology. While surveying the biblical record in their book Seeking the City, authors Chad Brand and Tom Pratt turn to the incarnation. The following paragraph is rich in devotional material well-worth our meditation:
The incarnation constitutes a most amazing affirmation of the physical world and life, fallen though it is. Contrary to other religious convictions worldwide, the Gospels record that the God who created and maintains all that we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch as well as all that we can only imagine has become in-fleshed and humble, to the point of humiliation, though he might easily have sat in magnificent isolation atop Mount Olympus oblivious to all below him. This fact alone is cause for wonder and deep contemplation. After thousands of years of human mismanagement, rebellion, perversion and all the attendant misery, drudgery, exploitation, and sheer lunacy, God chose to "come down" rather than end it all in one final cataclysm - at least for now! (154-155)
I highlight this not to interact or critique it, but to pause. In a large volume covering the difficult issues of politics and economics from a theological perspective, we need to step back and remember that theology is not primarily an intellectual exercise but an act of worship. In addition, any study of theology that neglects the Person and Work of Jesus is incomplete.

We serve an awesome God who came down even after "thousands of years of human mismanagement, rebellion, perversion, and all the attendant misery, drudgery, exploitation, and sheer lunacy." Let us pause and meditate on that for a minute.


"Seeking the City": Blogging Through Brand and Pratt - Preface

"Seeking the City": Blogging Through Brand and Pratt - Introduction 1
"Seeking the City": Blogging Through Brand and Pratt - Introduction 2
"Seeking the City": Blogging Through Brand and Pratt - Introduction 3

"Seeking the City": Blogging Through Brand and Pratt - Biblical Theology 1
"Seeking the City": Blogging Through Brand and Pratt - Biblical Theology 2
"Seeking the City": Blogging Through Brand and Pratt - Biblical Theology 3
"Seeking the City": Blogging Through Brand and Pratt - Biblical Theology 4 


For more:
"Flourishing Faith" by Chad Brand: A Review
Brand on Coveting and Classwarfare
The Secular vs the Sacred: Brand on the Influence of Luther
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