Richard Lint – A Confessing Theology for Postmodern Times

Reading A Confessing Theology for Postmodern Times

Theologians do not need simply to build bridges with churches: They need to be consumed with the church, fallen and frail as it is. Theologians need to see ecclesiology as the context for their endeavors. They must think of their mandate as arising from the church – not vice versa. – p. 100

If the church is the context for theology, what holds the church together? It is the presence of the risen Lord. And it is the preaching of the Word and the celebration of the sacraments through which the Spirit has chosen to make this presence manifest. – p. 100

The flaming swords guarding the garden are the evident reminders that Adam and Eve shall not return into God’s immediate presence except through judgment. – p.101

God’s words are accompanied by his promises to be fulfilled in actions. Word and deed go hand in hand.-p. 101

When the people finally are taken into the promised land, it is not until David’s rule that the  land is entirely brought under Israelite rule. As Moses was not permitted to enter the promised land, so David is not permitted to build the temple where God’s name will rest. – p.101

The veil of Moses is lifted from our faces when we come to Christ, and now we see God face to face – in Christ. Christ is both God and the mediator of God’s presence for his people. – p. 102

The church in its proclamation and its celebration of the sacraments has become the mediated presence of God in the world. The church is not identical with God, as Christ himself was, but the church is the vehicle God has chosen, like the tabernacle and the temple, where the presence of God is made manifest. – p. 102

If it is true that the church abandons theology only at great peril to herself, it is also true that theologians abandon the church only at great peril to theology. -p. 105

There must also be an increasing willingness of theologians to speak from within the church and not merely to the church. Instead of evangelical theologians, there must develop Baptist theologians, Presbyterian theologians, and Congregational theologians. -p. 105