Tension – by Gerald L. Borchert
Gerald L. Borchert wrestles with the many ways in which Christians experience tension both in the church and in real life. The very nature of choice is a source of tension, and all humans are confronted daily with choices that can have significant impacts on themselves and those around them. Borchert examines what it means to live with freedom and to engage with our choices in a meaningful way.
Pulling from personal experience, Borchert recalls how, as a young child, he first encountered tension in the ongoing debate over the timing of creation and the dichotomy of how science and Bible handle the origin of the universe. He also reflects on a number of areas inherent with tension: Christian salvation; our personal mindset; the ancient understanding of “time”; the nature of human failure and suffering; and what it means to be Christ-like.
Borchert’s goal is to encourage the reader to think about tension as an instructive force that makes us look at both sides of an issue and learn to deal with the uncomfortable feeling that our current perspective might be in need of updating.
Gerald L. Borchert
Author-editor, Gerald L. Borchert, Emeritus Professor and Thesis Director at the Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies, holds an honors Ph.D. from Princeton and is an elected member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. A prolific writer, former lawyer, pastor, and television teacher, he has served as dean of two theological seminaries and as chair of the Commission on Interchurch Relations for the Baptist World Alliance; has directed more than fifty seminars to the Bible lands; and is on the translation team of the New Living Translation. He and his wife, Doris, a professor of Christian education, have taught in many institutions around the world.