Exploring the idea
Theologian L. Gregory Jones, dean of Duke Divinity School, writes that Christian leaders need not choose between tradition and innovation. A way of thinking that holds the two in tension is crucial to the ongoing vitality and growth of our institutions.
By being both innovative and faithful to tradition, we follow the pattern of the creating and redeeming God of Scripture, writes New Testament scholar C. Kavin Rowe. This is the first essay in a five-part series.
In the second essay in a series, Rowe writes that understanding the New Testament requires grounding in the tradition of the Old Testament. The book of Leviticus and the Sermon on the Mount illustrate that the New is the fulfillment of the Old.
Jesus’ messianic role is bound to his identity as the son of King David. And yet, Rowe writes, Jesus turns out to be a radically new kind of king.
Contrary to the message in some top-selling books, Rowe writes that the differences in the Gospels are not a problem. Instead, they are a rich reflection of the way in which the Bible mediates God’s redeeming presence to the world and describe the character of God’s grace as at once preserving and renewing.
Rowe writes that the coming of the Holy Spirit is both a fulfillment of that which is old and a radical new beginning.
Seeing the Idea in Practice
Unlike fellow nondenominational church plants that work from church-growth strategies, marketing schemes or a seeker-sensitive approach, Trinity Grace Church (TGC) has returned to a traditional parish model grounded in the liturgical practices of the historic church.
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The dean of the Rotman School of Management talks about why you don’t always need to choose between opposing options, but can find another choice. Read more »