All Things Hold Together in Christ

The word proclaims that reconciliation is fundamentally the act of Christ, and that Christ has definitively brought about that reconciliation. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, ...


Author: James K. A. Smith

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781493411801

Category: Religion

Page: 400

View: 503

As Christians engage controversial cultural issues, we must remember that "all things hold together in Christ" (Col. 1:17)--even when it comes to science and faith. In this anthology, top Christian thinkers--including Robert Barron, Timothy George, Stanley Hauerwas, Alasdair MacIntyre, Mark Noll, and N. T. Wright--invite us to find resources for faithful, creative thinking in the riches of the church's theological heritage and its worship traditions.

All Things Hold Together in Christ

This volume presents the writings of leading philosophers, theologians, and historians on the role of Christian practice in forming virtues, the role of virtues in forming intellectual discourse, and the role of Christology in forming our ...


Author: James K. A. Smith

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 080109898X

Category: Religion

Page: 400

View: 989

As Christians engage controversial cultural issues, we must remember that "all things hold together in Christ" (Col. 1:17)--even when it comes to science and faith. In this anthology, top Christian thinkers--including Robert Barron, Timothy George, Stanley Hauerwas, Alasdair MacIntyre, Mark Noll, and N. T. Wright--invite us to find resources for faithful, creative thinking in the riches of the church's theological heritage and its worship traditions.

In Him All Things Hold Together

Jesus: so human—and so enormously different from us. so whole, so—um—coherent. I keep coming back to some of the hypotheses of contemporary physics, such as the wave theories that suggest that all things and all people are made up of ...


Author: Rosemary Poole Morris

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781467874328

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 617

The book tracks Jesus's story and its implications in prose and poetry--in scripture, story and song, sketches and snippets of essay. After starting with a chapter on ways of being with scripture (taking it seriously but often not literally) and suggestive chapters on God and the Old Testament, it moves from Jesus's incarnation through his ministry and passion for the Kingdom of God to his Passion and bodily resurrection. These are followed by chapters on "what happened next," including two chapters on contemporary Christianity, the good and the bad of it. The "take" on Jesus, as both title and sub-title suggest, is broad, in some ways quite orthodox but insisting on his call for compassion, social justice, inclusiveness and wholeness for all. It's also about Jesus alive and with us now, albeit in a different dimension from those with which we are familiar. The many meditations are often brief, and the poetry is "for people, and not just for critics and other poets"! There is much here to think about, but it's not an academic tome. It can be provocative, and often it's just plain fun!

Ephesians Through Revelation

It also means that God's creation, even though under bondage to sin (Rom. 8:22), can be used for God's glory and enjoyed by God's people (1 Tim. 6:17). He holds all things together (v. 17). "In Him all things hold together" (NIV).


Author: Warren W. Wiersbe

Publisher: David C Cook

ISBN: 1564760316

Category: Bible

Page: 640

View: 150

Volume 6 of the Bible Exposition Commentary 6-volume set

Things Hold Together

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ ...


Author: Branson Parler

Publisher: MennoMedia, Inc.

ISBN: 9780836197495

Category: Religion

Page: 264

View: 710

As an Anabaptist, John Howard Yoder is often depicted as Christ-centered in his theology but with a creation-deficient approach to culture. In this clearly reasoned study, Branson Parler argues that Yoder advocates a trinitarian theology of culture that upholds the continuity between God’s work in creation and in redemption. For Yoder, Jesus’ humanity makes him directly relevant to culture while Jesus’ divinity connects him directly to creation. Yoder’s writings, says Parler, affirm that Jesus restores and re-establishes the politics of creation. In Things Hold Together, Parler joins a growing number of writers from outside Anabaptist or Mennonite traditions who are finding resonance with Yoder, one of the leading theologians of the twentieth century. “Interpreters who dismiss Yoder’s call to discipleship find comfort in suggesting he lacked a doctrine of creation or in finding him to be at best a heterodox theologian. Parler takes the ground away from such critics. His book sets the bar for any future reception of Yoder's theology.”—D. Stephen Long, author of Speaking of God: Theology, Truth and Language "Things Hold Together helps us see that John Howard Yoder was from first to last a trinitarian thinker. Parler therefore provides an illuminating context for interpreting Yoder's critique of H. Richard Niebuhr." —Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe professor of theological ethics, Duke University

Colossians and Philemon

So Colossians asserts that all things were made through him " and " in him all things hold together . " Hebrews speaks of him as the " heir of all things " ; in Matthew we read that " all authority has been given " to the risen Christ ...


Author: Marianne Meye Thompson

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802827152

Category: Religion

Page: 287

View: 877

Colossians and Philemon have traditionally been overshadowed by other New Testament texts thought to express Pauline theology more clearly. In this notable commentary, however, Marianne Meye Thompson shows how these two epistles provide a unique formulation of the gospel in terms of creation and reconciliation rather than justification by faith. In Colossians she finds an overarching narrative of the Bible's grand creation-redemption story and an important emphasis on the relationship between creation and Christology, while her exploration of Philemon casts brighter light on the significance of Paul's familial metaphors for the church and the meaning of new humanity in Christ. Throughout her work on these two epistles, Thompson continually connects her insights to theological concerns, making this volume an excellent addition to the Two Horizons series.

Putting Jesus in His Place

The word translated “hold together” (sunest∑ken) likely expresses two closely related concepts. First, Paul is saying that everything fits together, or is united, in Christ. This meaning clearly fits the immediate context, ...


Author: Robert M. Bowman

Publisher: Kregel Publications

ISBN: 9780825497452

Category: Religion

Page: 392

View: 120

Putting Jesus in His Place is designed to introduce Christians to the wealth of biblical teaching on the deity of Christ and give them the confidence to share the truth about Jesus with others.

All Things Hold Together

Out of the project meetings emerged a decision to hold an international conference in 1997 on 'African Initiatives in ... of Christian faith and life in the extension of Christ's good news beyond the boundaries of ignorance, cultures, ...


Author: M. L. Daneel


ISBN: STANFORD:36105132332383

Category: Religion

Page: 424

View: 432

The African Initiated Churches (AICs) in many parts of Southern Africa represent up to 50% and more of African Christianity. They have often been negatively characterised as 'sects' of a dubious Christian nature or as â??separatistsâ??, growing mainly by virtue of African reaction to the mission endeavours of Western denominations. In-depth studies appearing in this series, however, have convincingly illustrated that in terms of growth rates, indigenized evangelisation, missionary campaigns, and ecclesiastical contextualisation the AICs can no longer be regarded as a peripheral phenomenon. They belong to the mainstream of African Christianity and have developed innovative mission methods of their own which can only rate as a major contribution to the expanding Church in Africa. Although the individual essays focus on AIC leadership, worship, sacraments, healing, dialogue with practitioners of African Traditional Religion, and earthkeeping, the narration as a whole portrays the richness of AIC life and faith. The composite picture reflects the attraction this form of inculturated Christianity holds for African people - an attraction which stimulates recruitment and rapid church expansion.

Renewing the Vision

In him all things hold together — even to this day and in all the days to come . A kind of cosmic super glue across time . The power of Christ to bind us together is worth singing about , for we are accustomed to being fractured ...


Author: Cynthia M. Campbell

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664501249

Category: Religion

Page: 214

View: 650

The five themes around which Campbell organizes these essays and sermons--written by 20 Presbyterian Church (USA) scholars, pastors and church leaders--is organized Christology and preaching, the church and evangelism, missions and service, the authority and interpretation of Scripture, and ecumenism and the Reformed tradition.

All the Fullness of God

In Jesus Christall things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible,” “all things have been created ... Around the second century BC, Ben Sira declared “by his [God's] word all things hold together” (43:26).


Author: Bonnie Bowman Thurston

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532615405

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 163

All the Fullness of God: The Christ of Colossians focuses on the Christology of Colossians and its implications by examining the canonical text and answering the questions: What was the author's purpose in writing the letter? What is the letter's primary concern? How do its contents reflect or deviate from Paul's thought in his uncontested letters? The author of Colossians is favorably disposed toward the letter's recipients who have received the gospel from Epaphras, but now encounter alternative teachings. The author finds that church's Christology inadequate and writes to expand their understanding of the meaning of baptism into Jesus Christ and its implications. This study introduces Greco-Roman letter and literary forms; the geography, history, and demographics of Colossae; and provides excurses on several scholarly matters. It is comprised of five chapters (Part I) which set forth the argument and explain the text in its historical context, followed by nine reflections (Part II) which place each text in its context, then elucidate the meaning and application of the passage for contemporary readers.

Reflection of the Son

17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was ...


Author: Todd Coburn

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781512731378

Category: Religion

Page: 96

View: 128

This book examines a simple fact of nature—the way the moon reflects the sun’s light to a darkened world—and draws some staggering insights into the way a Christian is to reflect Jesus Christ to a fallen world. Its chapters are named with simple mnemonic titles to lead readers through foundational principles in a clear and compelling way that can help Christians remain focused on productive steps toward spiritual maturity. In the process, this book reveals some deep spiritual truths and presents them in a way that a child can understand.

If God is in Control Why Am I a Basket Case

As an example, let's use Colossians 1:17, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17 states that Christ existed before all things. In other words, things don't surprise Him.


Author: Debbie Williams

Publisher: New Hope Publishers

ISBN: 9781596697560

Category: Religion

Page: 239

View: 132

Most women have their share of “basket-case” moments, but how can this be consistent with God’s work in our lives? Through an in-depth, eight-week examination of the Book of Colossians, author Debbie Taylor Williams leads readers to understand that “basket-case” living is not God’s intention.

Colossians 1 2 Thessalonians 1 2 Timothy Titus Philemon

All things have been created through him and unto him, and he is before all creatures, and in him all things hold together." Though you mention the worlds, Jesus Christ, at the bidding of the Father, is Maker of these too.


Author: Thomas C. Oden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135940386

Category: Reference

Page: 400

View: 708

First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Thirty Days in Colossae

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.5 Christ is the image of God, the firstborn of all creation. This does not mean that Christ was created; he is eternal. Christ is God; he is the image of the invisible God ...


Author: Gary Blackard

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781973689157

Category: Religion

Page: 134

View: 735

This devotional commentary is written to stir up a love for the scripture. The book of Colossians is filled with powerful teaching and practical application for life. This short letter from the Apostle Paul reaches into the depths of the heart while also challenging our minds. We take a daily journey through its four chapters reading and praying through this letter while also asking questions to spur thinking on how to apply to our lives. Each day has scripture reading, a commentary on the passage, and questions for reflection.


However, the fact that no other instance of sunistemi in the NT could be translated as “hold together” makes one wonder about its accuracy. Perhaps it would be better to say that all things are established in Jesus, for that translation ...


Author: David J. Landegent

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781512773309

Category: Religion

Page: 1016

View: 808

Some people cant see the forest for the treesthey get so bogged down in details that they lose sight of what its all about. Others cant see the trees for the forestthey miss the wondrous details all around them. So why not look instead at both the forest and the trees? This commentary on Pauls letter to the Colossians guides you in doing just that. Even though we will be exploring ancient biblical cultures and learning plenty about the Greek language, no prior academic training is needed. Technical terms have been set aside. Instead, with everyday language we will discover the big picture and revel in the fine details of this stunning letter, amazed by how God is still speaking these same words today to contemporary personal and social challenges. We will not then be tourists rapidly zipping through Colossians as if on a monotonous interstate highway. Instead we will be hiking our way through this letter, step by step, phrase by phrase, finding joy in Gods truth and growing in our faith. Come and join the journey.

Finding Favour in the Sight of God

Christ is also before all things and all things hold together in him (1:17). He is the controlling principle of all creation.” He maintains all things so that there is a unity of purpose in creation and history. Everything is held ...


Author: Richard P. Belcher Jr

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830872138

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 352

Wisdom literature is needed now more than ever. In this NSBT volume, Richard Belcher surveys the problem of wisdom literature in Old Testament theology, focusing on the message and theology of the books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. These point forward to the need for Christ and the gospel. Belcher concludes by exploring the relationship of Christ to wisdom in terms of his person, work, and teaching ministry.

Christ as Creator

But the phrase must also be read in light of the statements in verse 17—'in him all things hold together', ôa ðÜíôÆ Kí ÆPôH óıíÝóôÅŒåí— and verse 19: 'God was pleased to have his fullness reside in him', Kí ÆPôH åPäüŒÅóåí ðAí ôe ðoÞæøìÆ ...


Author: Sean M. McDonough

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199576470

Category: Religion

Page: 294

View: 494

This book examines the New Testament teaching that Christ was the one through whom God made the world. The study provides exegesis of the relevant New Testament texts in the context of related texts in Judaism and Greco-Roman philosophy and reflects on the contributions of six major theologians writing on this doctrine through to the present day.

The Church Rights And Responsibilities of The Believer

This means that every other religion in which Christ is not central is in chaos. Things do not hold together for those who are held captive in those religions. Things hold together only in Christ. God unites only in Christ.


Author: Zacharias Tanee Fomum

Publisher: ZTF Books Online

ISBN: 9781370839667

Category: Religion


View: 851

In this compelling message, Prof Fomum delves into the rights, privileges and responsibilities of the believer within the context of the church. He puts things in the form of a systematic exposition of the Scriptures in the book of Ephesians. The unique characteristics and raison d'être of the church are clearly presented. - Is the church a building or the people? - What's the role of the church in the believer's life and vice versa? - How does someone become a member of the church? - What does a believer miss by not being part of the local church? The reader will discover that all of God’s power is available to the believer only in the context of the church. He who is fully in the church will tap into that power. The purposes of God are tied to the church. Unless one finds his place in the church, in the local context, he has missed it all. Every believer must therefore get to know his rights and responsibilities in the local church, flow in them, fulfill them and enjoy the benefits therein. The believer's rights are an empowering anointing while spiritual gifts and offices are given to enable him carry out every responsibility successfully.

Church in Ordinary Time

All things have been created by Christ, through Christ, and for Christ. In him all things hold together, and through him God reconciles all things. Colossians 1:15–20 recapitulates the essential ontological asymmetry between God and ...


Author: Amy Plantinga Pauw

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802871862

Category: Christian life

Page: 188

View: 703

Much of Christian theology is focused on the story of Jesus and the promised consummation of all things-but the church spends its life in the gap between them. How can we live more faithfully as Christians in this gap between the resurrection of Christ and the eschaton? In Church in Ordinary Time, Amy Plantinga Pauw argues that the liturgical season of ordinary time aptly symbolizes the church's existence as God's creature in this time between the times. Pauw presents a compact Trinitarian ecclesiology that is attuned to church life in this era of ordinary time. Formal ecclesiologies have largely neglected this ordinary-time dimension of Christian life, she says, and in so doing have virtually ignored the ongoing graciousness of God's work as Creator. Drawing on the seasons of the church year and the creation theology elaborated in Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, Pauw offers wisdom for daily life in Christian communities of faith.

Towards a Contemporary Wisdom Christology

for in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell" (Col 1:17,19). <<[...] and that which holds all things together knows what is said [...] she orders all things well» (Wis 1:7, 8:1) <<[...] and by his word all things hold ...


Author: Aidan O'Boyle

Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop

ISBN: 8876529632

Category: Religion

Page: 442

View: 189

This study examines to what extent the Wisdom elements present in the Scriptures have been incorporated into some contemporary Catholic Christology in three language areas (English, French, and German). From each area some representative theologians have been chosen: German (W. Kasper, K. Rahner, E. Schillebeeckx); English (J. Dupuis, D. Edwards, E. Schussler Fiorenza); French (L. Bouyer, C. Duquoc, J. Moingt). Furthermore, the language of Wisdom is retrieved as a root metaphor generating new perspectives on issues facing with contemporary Christology, such as the call to justice, the feminist concern, the dialogue with other religions and presenting a face of God for the modern world.