[Common Places] On Cultural Liturgies: A Theological Analysis

Michael Allen on 3 years ago. Tagged under ,,,.

With a new year comes an opportunity to venture into fresh territory with old resolve. For Common Places, this journey begins with a series of books: the Cultural Liturgies project by James K. A. Smith of Calvin College. While he holds the Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview, his ongoing series of books has raised a number of significant questions about the place and nature of worldview in the Christian intellectual culture.

Cultural Liturgies 1The Cultural Liturgies project already includes two volumes. Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation offers a new vision for Christian education and formation that centers around desire, love, and the practices that shape them. Its sequel, Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works, seeks to flesh out a philosophical anthropology to…

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South Asian Understandings of the Holy Spirit – An Excerpt from South Asia Bible Commentary

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South Asia Bible CommentaryThe South Asia Bible Commentary is unique in that it is written by South Asian scholars for South Asian readers. Not only a one volume commentary on the whole Bible, this new resource includes ninety articles, many of them focused on building a bridge between Biblical teaching and life in modern South Asia. Ivan Satyavrata contributes this fascinating survey of how the Holy Spirit is understood within Asian culture.


In view of the ancient tradition of spirituality in the Indian subcontinent, the subject of the Holy Spirit occupies a place of prominence in South Asian spirituality. South Asians very naturally tend to think of God as spirit. Sanskrit, the language of the Hindu tradition that dominates South Asia, is rich with “spirit” terminology…

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Discover a Framework to Transcend Our Expectation of Betrayal— An Excerpt from “A Wilderness of Mirrors”

Jeremy Bouma on 3 years ago. Tagged under ,,.

Wilderness of Mirrors by Mark MeynellAt the height of the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan adopted an old Russian proverb when discussing U.S. relations with the Soviet Union:

“Trust, but verify”

This proverb seems to fit our own cultural mood, one described by author Mark Meynell in which “We no longer seem willing to trust those in power…We seem inured to betrayals of trust and fear commitments of any kind, whether personal or political.” (15)

From Watergate to the revelations of Wikileaks, the last several decades have been marked by an increasing expectation of betrayal, which Meynell explores, confronts, and remedies in his new book A Wilderness of Mirrors.

The excerpt below explores the last century’s “legacy of mistrust,” and offers a way beyond our expectations of betrayal.…

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