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Kate Bowler: Understanding the Prosperity Gospel

(Photo: Duke University) 

Dr. Kate Bowler is assistant professor of History of Christianity in North America at Duke University and author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (Oxford, 2013), which traces the rise of a Christian belief that emphasizes faith, wealth, health and victory. Her recent diagnosis with stage 4 cancer has cast a shadow on her life and work, but has also, paradoxically, led to a deeper spiritual understanding in the midst of suffering and loss. Roseanne Kydd interviewed her this past April.

RK: Could you define the Prosperity Gospel for us?

KB: It’s known either as the Prosperity Gospel (PG), or sometimes Health and Wealth Gospel where God desires all to be healthy and wealthy in this lifetime. In the eighties they called it the Name It and Claim It

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On Losing Sight but Seeing Christ: J.I. Packer

J.I. Packer (Photo: Sue Careless)

Interview By Ivan Mesa

 “Over Christmas macular degeneration struck so that I can no longer read or write.”

For many who have appreciated and benefited from James Innell Packer’s writing ministry – the author of more than 300 books, journal articles, book reviews, dictionary entries and innumerable forewords – this will come as especially saddening news.

Packer, 89, will no longer be able to write as he has before or travel or do any regular preaching. Macular degeneration

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Christmas, 2015: Dr. James K.A. Smith

Photo: Orvin Lao

Christian philosopher James K.A. Smith was the keynote speaker at the

Desiring the Kingdom conference held in

Toronto Oct. 22-24. Sue Careless

interviewed Dr. Smith there. 

This is the second part of an interview that first appeared in the Advent issue.

TAP: Did you grow up in a Christian home?

JS: I did not. I grew up in a genetically Scottish village in southern Ontario with a vaguely Presbyterian culture that had a strong sense of morality and a kind of civil religion. But I was not raised in the church or with Bible stories. I would never have thought of myself as an atheist – I had some vague awareness there was a God. I was a good kid. But I felt I hadn’t heard the gospel

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Advent, 2015: Dr. James K.A. Smith

(Photo: Sue Careless)

Christian philosopher James K.A. Smith was the keynote speaker at the Desiring the Kingdom conference held in Toronto Oct. 22-24. Sue Careless interviewed Dr. Smith there.  

TAP: As a brainy philosopher it takes some guts to admit humans are heavily influenced, sometimes unconsciously, by our senses and our imagination.

JKAS: Yes, I’m a philosopher pointing out the limits of thinking.  

TAP: You call us liturgical, narrative, imaginative animals. What do you mean by liturgical animals?

JKAS: Human beings are creatures whose habits and loves and orientations are shaped by the rituals they are immersed in, not just

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A Letter to the Canadian Church from George Sumner

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GREETINGS IN CHRIST! Upon the occasion of my departure from Wycliffe College as principal after 16 years, I was asked to answer some questions about myself, the college, and the state of the Church it serves.  I have to the best of my ability assimilated the question, and this is my summative answer.  I was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas in May, and have just received

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