In the fragmented and demented culture wars of today, Christians have a Victor and it is only in Jesus Christ that we can survive and thrive in these strange days. Luke 4:1-13 The Plan: Stone-to-bread = self-feeding (Material Temptation) Worship of nations = self-exalting (Sociological Temptation) Jump-off-temple = controlling God (Theological Temptation) The three application... Continue Reading →
“The only thing I need to do to have a garden full of weeds is nothing…”
John Anderson, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia for 6 years between 1999 and 2005 under John Howard, enjoys a long conversation with Douglas Wilson on culture wars, American politics, what it means to be a Christian, and whether Christians can be nationalists. Doug Wilson is a theologian, minister of Christ Church Moscow (Idaho), ex-Navy,... Continue Reading →
Sufficiency of Scripture for Every Area of Life
" People sometimes say that Scripture is sufficient for theology, but not for other areas of life, like science, history, plumbing, politics, car repairs. But that idea misunderstands the sufficiency of Scripture. Remember always: Scripture is sufficient as the word of God. It gives us all the words of God we will ever need. So... Continue Reading →
Guest post by Theologian Dr Rob Knowles, responding to questions in a Theology Group from 2014. This post explores the problem of polarized debates and how to avoid them. First, regarding the description of your stance within the church, then it is clear that you rightly wish to avoid the problem of polarized debates and... Continue Reading →
Keeping in Step with the Spirit
Guest post by Theologian Dr Rob Knowles from a Theology Night session in 2014. Keeping in Step with the Spirit What does it mean to “keep in step with the Spirit”? In Galatians 5:13-26, Paul writes the following: 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to... Continue Reading →
Undermining biblical wisdom
Abstract Rhetoric: Schism between Academic Theology & Biblical Wisdom Third, there is even a sense in which abstract pious rhetoric that suppresses relational wisdom has come to pervade academic theology. In particular, as Thiselton reminds us, the influence of Kant and neo-Kantianism has reduced the status of biblical language to mere ‘human projection’ for some.... Continue Reading →
Theology Questions: #4 Why are real relationship in the church so hard?
First, regarding the description of your stance within the church, then it is clear that you rightly wish to avoid the problem of polarized debates and “positions” whereby partisan factions develop that a priori reject one another’s points of view out of hand in the name of often unexamined interests and agendas that are often... Continue Reading →
Theology Questions: #3 What does it mean to ‘keep in step with the Spirit’?
Keeping in Step with the Spirit In Galatians 5:13-26, Paul writes the following: 13 "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbour... Continue Reading →
Theology Questions: #2 What is Prophecy?
I have spent many years in the thinking of Anthony Thiselton, and so am very interested by his views, not least on prophecy (note the spelling here!). The best place to look for Thiselton’s views on this subject, which I regard as authoritative, is in his large commentary on 1 Corinthians: see, Anthony C. Thiselton,... Continue Reading →