The King Fisher

I’m sure that at some point in your life you have experienced the flashing brilliance of a Kingfisher. I had my third experience recently and was once again left utterly amazed at the sheer beauty of this momentary experience.

There are so many ways we can experience something that takes our breath away. A moment in time and space that transcends both. A moment of glory or beauty or some other unexpected event, can be quite moving…no, that’s not quite right, how about exhilarating, or goose-bumpily amazing?

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The World Has Already Decided Its Own Fate

In his ‘Theo-Drama: Theological Dramatic Theory, Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988) reflects on Revelation 18:1-24, and writes,

“In Revelation, Babylon is not overthrown in the battle with the Logos, although the Lamb and his followers make war against the kings subject to Babylon: it is destroyed and burned by its own adherents, who turn against it in hatred.

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What do you do when you get where you’re going?

Education is important, but football is importanter – so they tell me!

I think we’ve lost our way in the Western education model, and would make a stand for the Classic Liberal education over and against the merely pragmatic, which is what drives most of our education today. This is why we’re good at say, the mechanical, the industrial, the practical. We have amazing machines that enable us to live life with an ease unknown just a generation ago. But then the question is….

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Angles on the Atonement

I have chosen, in prayer (of course) during Lent and approaching Easter Sunday, to preach through different angles on the atonement, or what academia calls, models or theories. We mustn’t be confused by how the idea of “theories” is being used here. It is not a way to shoe-horn in a text into an abscure or concocted formula, but rather, a working method or structure for how to legitimately view a biblical text.

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Why Trinity?

“Most orthodox Christians claim to be “biblical” in doctrine yet also “Trinitarian”. Many share the view expressed by Whitely and by Kelly that the Pauline texts embody “traces of a Trinitarian ground-plan”. It is certainly the case that Paul unambiguously expresses the Christian belief in one God (1 Cor. 8:6), and that in many passages, both associations and distinctions are drawn between God as Father, Christ as Lord, and the Holy Spirit (Rom. 1:14; Rom 8:11, 14-16; Col. 1:15).

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Jesus: The Firstborn Over All Creation

Colossians 1.15:23  is Hymn to Christ that predates Paul’s usage of it here.

This “hymn” was the first Bible passage to truly capture my imagination.

And by “imagination” I mean my mind, my heart and my very being.

In these words I learned my first Greek word.

I bought a Gk-Heb dictionary soon after my conversion in the early 1990’s.

I’ll be honest, it felt good buying it; But using it was like teaching a toddler metaphysics in Medieval Latin.

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The Dragon

My daughter has a story book about a boy who wakes up one day and sees a little baby dragon in his room. It’s all rather harmless and when he tells his mother about it, she tells him to stop making stuff up and get dressed and come down for breakfast, using her repeated phrase, and the title of the book, “There’s no such thing as a dragon!”

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