To slip on a banana skin once is funny. To slip on a banana skin twice is tragic. Mathew Parris opens his Spectator article by reminding people that the post he wrote for the Times on Easter Saturday was met with “hundreds of comments from Christians protesting that I’d misunderstood the Crucifixion’s meaning…” Well, right... Continue Reading →
Athanasius and the Vitality of Theology
Some good will have been done if we can convery some of the essential vitality of theology through the [life and theology] of Athanasius (b. c. 297, Patriarch of Alexandria, d. 373). Too many well intentioned persons, not a few of them clergy and ministers, decry theology. 'Leave it to the learned fellows in the... Continue Reading →
Abstract Rhetoric: Schism between ‘Biblical Doctrine’ & Biblical Relating Second, I will go further: in my view God is shutting down many churches because the religion is pervaded by ‘system’ and not ‘relational wisdom’. In one church it is the other way around, and it is growing. It is built on a social trinitarian model of God and... Continue Reading →
‘De-Relationalisation’: Abstract Rhetoric & Rule-Based Religion Vs Wisdom For our second point, there is the danger of what I have called ‘de-relationalisation’. I’m sorry to use this awkward word, but I can’t think of a better word for the problem. In short, the legacy of Western thinking has meant that biblical exegesis in traditional circles has... Continue Reading →
The Holy Trinity (pt2)….
.....in Propositions! 1. The Trinity is not an optional doctrine, it is essential. God’s unity is not behind God’s threeness, God’s unity is in God’s threeness. This is not speculative mathematics, it is a descriptive theology of revelation. 2. The Trinity is not an academic doctrine thought up by clever scholars, rather it grew out of the Christian experience of worship, i.e. it expressed the... Continue Reading →
The Holy Trinity (pt1)….
....in Tweets! I. HOW TO AVOID TRINITARIAN HERESY #1. Start by abolishing Trinity Sunday, that fateful day on which preachers think they have to explain the Trinity #2. Teach children to make the sign of the cross when they say the words "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" #3. When someone offers to tell you the... Continue Reading →
Right Pitching in Preaching
"I remember one minister for education urging that ‘Britain was the only nation on earth where cleverness was despised’. In other European countries, for example France and Germany, cleverness is sought after and prized. The glorification of educational backwardness, then, is part of a localised British decadence or hedonism that is inconsistent with biblical Christianity.... Continue Reading →
Moltmann and the Annihilation of Hell
Jurgen Moltmann in his foreward of Nicholas Ansell's The Annihilation of Hell - Universal Salvation and the Redemption of Time in the Eschatology of Jurgen Moltmann: "A foreward is not an afterward and also not a critical review. A foreward should open the door and point out the worth of a book so that it... Continue Reading →