And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”— Luke 23v43 All Christians agree that baptism is important, Getting us to agree on what it does, how to do it, and to whom we ought to do it is a different matter. Still generally speaking, we know thatContinue reading “Did the Thief on the Cross Need to be Baptised? He Was. “
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To Know and Yet to Love — A Reflection for Maundy Thursday
Obviously, this is a few days late for this year. The following is the transcript of a reflection I wrote and gave for a church on Maundy Thursday. Some details have been generalised or anonymised, as I saw fit. I want to draw your attention tonight to two verbs: to know and to love. ThoseContinue reading “To Know and Yet to Love — A Reflection for Maundy Thursday”
Epiphany: Baptism Reveals the Son(s) of God
When all the people were being baptised, Jesus was baptised too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’— Luke 3v21-22 The feast of theContinue reading “Epiphany: Baptism Reveals the Son(s) of God”
Weighty Words vs. Gravitational Mass: Balancing Sermon and Sacrament
Should the sermon or the Lord’s Supper be the focal point of the Sunday meeting? Yes.
Who is Baptism For?
This is a multiple choice question, but what should the choices be?
a) adults, b) babies; or a) us, b) other people?
Four Experiments in the Relationship Between Scripture and Tradition
Scripture and Tradition are sometimes thought of by evangelicals as two opposing authorities, but how might we try to read them together to work out what the apostles taught? Here, I take a stab at offering some principles, with worked examples, for understanding Scripture and Tradition together.
Reading Scripture: The Text, the Event, and the Community
Many say that we have to pay first attention to the original audience and the human author to understand the Scriptures. But who are they, anyway? And does that audience relate to the events that they were reading about in Scripture?
‘You Can’t Sit With Us’: How Mean Girls Helped Me Better Understand the Significance of the Lord’s Supper
I reckon Mean Girls can teach us something profound about the Lord’s Supper. And maybe one day we could make fetch happen.
The First Supper
A couple thousand years before Jesus, someone else thought of serving a simple meal of bread and wine. What was going on?
The Apostolic Fathers: A (Very) Rough Introduction
How did the earliest Christians think about leadership, justification, and the eucharist?