Tag Archives: Karl Barth

Theology and intellectual history video timeline

St. John’s College in Nottingham, which serves many students preparing for ordination in the Church of England, announces their mission as follows: “Our core purpose is to inspire creative Christian learning marked by evangelical conviction, theological excellence, and charismatic life, … Continue reading

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Blogging Barth

After playing a pivotal role in our Oklahoma reading group, Matthew Dowling took up a pastorate at Monmouth Church of Christ in Tinton Falls, NJ. Not surprisingly, he has now started a Monday morning Barth reading group there (as well … Continue reading

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Central Oklahoma Church Dogmatics reading group

Due to several participants moving away, the Central Oklahoma Church Dogmatics reading group has been suspended for a while. Some external links: You’re Included videos on Barth Foundations of Theology video, Grace Communion International Center for Barth Studies (Princeton Seminary); … Continue reading

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Reading Karl Barth: Preparing to read the Church Dogmatics

In a previous post, I explained why someone might choose to read through the Church Dogmatics. This brief note is for those who are persuaded that a commitment to read it through over the course of several years will be … Continue reading

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Reading Karl Barth: Select Short Works

For Karl Barth’s mature theology, one must turn to the Church Dogmatics. Yet tackling the Church Dogmatics is more like undertaking a continental expedition than setting off for a weekend vacation. Therefore, even for those with minimal interest in the … Continue reading

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Reading Karl Barth: Church Dogmatics

This page: | Why read? | editions | structure | starting points | style | Intro This post is for the person who is thinking about reading Barth’s Church Dogmatics. I’ll briefly mention some reasons to read it, note the … Continue reading

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Karl Barth on horses

“a really good horseman cannot possibly be an ungodly person” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics III.4, p. 352. Some people would be startled to find this superlative assertion in the major work of the 20th century’s most significant theologian. No … Continue reading

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Why I like Columbo

In memoriam: Peter Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) In recent months, I’ve watched a fair number of Columbo episodes, starring Peter Falk, available on DVD and through Netflix. I well remember enjoying them when they first aired, … Continue reading

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Jeff McSwain, Movements of Grace

Over the last year or so, I’ve become very thankful for, and greatly blessed by, the ministry of Jeff McSwain. McSwain grew up in a youth ministry context as the son of a Young Life leader, and studied at a … Continue reading

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Reading Karl Barth: Bookmarks

Here’s a set of Barth bookmarks (pdf) that display a quotation which captures the joy and the humility with which Barth approached his theological vocation: The angels laugh at old Karl. They laugh at him because he tries to grasp … Continue reading

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Reading Karl Barth: Short Introductions

To begin reading Barth, short introductions are particularly helpful because of three ways Barth is an elephant: 1. First, Barth is the elephant in the room of modern theology. Many evangelicals and Reformed distrust him, while mainstream Protestants and Enlightenment … Continue reading

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Listening long

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Cicero Relationships between persons depend upon the art of listening. Listening to music, poetry, and even works of art is deeply personal. The same is true for books. The … Continue reading

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