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What about regeneration and evangelism?

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I'll take a break here from our series covering The Shape of Practical Theology to share a letter I wrote a few years ago to a group of pastors I met with to discuss incarnational Trinitarian theology. Some of their questions and concerns had to do with the related topics of regeneration (being "born again") and evangelism---how are these to be understood in the light of a theology of inclusion? Here is what I wrote to them:

In discussing our inclusion in the triune life of God in and through Jesus, a question pertaining to the related issues of regeneration and evangelism often emerges. It goes something like this: Given our inclusion in Christ through his incarnation, life, suffering, death, resurrection and ascension; how are we to understand what happens to us when we are "born again" (regenerated) at the moment we turn to God in faith?

The key issue in answering this particular question is understanding that Jesus (who is fully God and fully human) is the…

Sharing in Jesus' paracletic ministry

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This post continues a series in The Shape of Practical Theology by Trinitarian theologian Ray S. Anderson. For other posts in the series, click on a number: 123456789, 1012, 131415.

Anderson notes that Jesus' mission "was not entirely completed in his death and resurrection" (p. 189). He understands that Jesus' missional activity continues as he sends the Spirit to form and gift the church to participate with him in his ongoing paracletic ministry on earth.

Back to the future According to Anderson, Jesus' ongoing ministry has a decidedly "eschatological nature" in that it brings into the present, bit-by-bit and through the church, the future fullness of the kingdom. That is why Paul refers to the church as God's "new creation"---the out-working (or one might say the in-breaking) of what God has done to reconcile the world to himself in and through Christ and continues to do, by the Spirit, through the church's min…