Contra Christ the King Sunday?

by Travis Prinzi on November 29, 2012

In my preparation for the Christ the King sermon, I came across two books that I’d seen before, but had put way on the back burner: Simply Jesus and How God Became King, both by N.T. Wright. I just ordered both, and I plan to read and blog through each over the coming months.

I recalled previously coming across Wright’s opposition to the Feast of Christ in the King. Sunday afternoon, after my sermon was delivered twice, I googled, and here’s what I came up with:

‘The kingdom of this world,’ says John the Seer, ‘has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he shall reign for ever and ever.’ Amen, we say at the Ascension. This is the real Feast of Christ the King, and the sooner we abolish the fake one that has recently been inserted into our calendar in late November the more likely we shall be to get our political theology sorted out.

His point is that Ascension Sunday should be our recognition of Christ’s Kingship, because that’s what he ascended to do and to be. The response to the “recently inserted” (1925 1970 – HT to @sjgarver) Feast of Christ the King seems overly strong. Does it really harm our entire political theology to bookend ordinary time with another recognition of Christ’s Kingship? What am I missing in his reaction?

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Sermon for Christ the King Sunday

by Travis Prinzi on November 26, 2012

The church that I learned my theology from growing up had a very odd, but now rather popular, notion of the Kingship of Jesus. I learned to believe very early on that Jesus was not yet the king. One day, in the not too distant future, Jesus would secretly return to take away all those who believe in him. After that, there would be 7 years of hell on earth under the reign of Antichrist, the end of which would be Christ’s final return. Then, and not until then, would Jesus become king, and he would reign for exactly one thousand years. At the end of this thousand years, there would be one final war with Satan. Jesus would win, the heavens and the earth would be destroyed, a new heavens and earth created, and we would all be once and for all divided up into those going to heaven and those going to hell.

The Bible gives us a different picture of the kingship of Christ than the one I learned.

This morning’s lessons come from Daniel 7:9-14, Revelation 1:4-8, and John 18:33-37. [click to continue…]

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The Widow’s Mite

November 11, 2012

This morning’s text was on the widow’s mite. John the Lutheran has a provocative perspective on it: …we’re not meant to read Jesus’ words with a warm sentimental glow that makes us dig a little deeper – but not too deep, eh? – into our own pockets. Rather, we should share his mixture of anger and sorrow […]

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Hutchmoot 2012

September 27, 2012

Oh, the power of all the right words in the right order. Hutchmoot unfolded like liturgy, building in beauty and meaning. With each session, each conversation, each story flowed into the next. I arrived like a ghost coming from the Grey town and I left solid, more connected to the truth. I thank God for […]

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Hutchmoot Reflections

September 26, 2011

For me, Hutchmoot last year was emotional. Every talk felt like a one-two punch. But in a good way. A lip trembling, tears welling up, lump-in-the-throat kind of way. Ideas about truth, grace, love, beauty, and theological meaning knocked me around all weekend. God was working on me. A particularly intense moment came in the […]

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He Laughed.

September 16, 2011

So, I took the plunge and hung a shingle. I now have a private counseling practice. I only have four clients, but still. It’s a start. And every detail of getting started has been painstaking. My nature is to make everything more difficult than it has to be. It is one of my most endearing […]

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Our Unfinished Stories

August 15, 2010

As the protagonist of Phantastes awakes under the beech tree (which wants to be a woman), he reflects on his desire to stay with her, and then narrates, “I sat a long time, unwilling to go, but my unfinished story urged me on. I must act and wander.” Isn’t that a great summary of almost every moment of life? […]

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August 9, 2010

The fact that all the people I know are better writers than me often keeps me from putting ideas to page. I have a tender little underbelly that was first scraped up by Professor Sweet, creative writing expert. But it’s been, like, 17 years, so maybe I should just move on. Here goes. I was […]

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You Don’t Have to Drink Mic Ultra: Summer Beer Recommendations

May 31, 2010

I’ve heard it lots of times: “During the summer, when it’s hot, I just like a Bud Light or a Mic Ultra.” Here’s the good news: You don’t have to drink crappy beer just because it’s hot! Here are a few basic recommendations for excellent beers that go down easy at hot summer barbeques. This […]

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Bad Arguments Against Universalism

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Scot McKnight argues that “universalism” is the biggest challenge facing evangelicalism for 3 reasons: universalism suggests personal conversion is not finally necessary it calls into question the importance and even necessity of evangelism as a form of Christian activism it weakens the atoning significance of the death of Jesus if it is understood as that […]

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Bad Arguments for Universalism

April 15, 2010

Here comes a big statement that I figure I’ll make whilst this blog is still struggling back to life and has few readers: I don’t think becoming a universalist makes one a heretic. Take a deep breath. Another. Another. Good. Let me proceed. I mean specifically a Christian universalism. It’s the minority position by far […]

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Took or Baggins?

April 13, 2010

I recently asked at The Rabbit Room whether readers there are more Took or Baggins. A great discussion has ensued. So what are you? Answer at The Rabbit Room.

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Weekend Report 04.10.2010: iMonk Edition

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*News Theme Song* It’s the return of the Weekend Report! *News Theme Song* iMonk’s Passing Since news is usually sad, I’ll begin with the reminder that today is the Memorial Service for our dear friend, Michael Spencer. I am sad and frustrated that I couldn’t make the drive down to Kentucky. Keep a close watch […]

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Theological Pain

April 8, 2010

I haven’t picked up a book of theology in a very, very long time. These days I find most of my theology in story. (If you want to know what stories I’m reading, find me on GoodReads.) Honestly, I’m just weary of theology. I’m not bored with it. I’m tired. Exhausted. Worn out. I’m sick […]

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Getting a Grip on Life and Theology

April 6, 2010

The thing about Michael Spencer is that you so often found your own theological thoughts and struggles in his words, even when you disagreed. When you’re wrestling with theological issues, it’s good to find your thoughts in other people’s words – especially the ones you can’t find words for. The loss of Michael means the […]

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