“Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves…”— Genesis 11v4 Some churches are bitterly and openly divided, congregations of hostility and suspicion, factions and power plays. These churches often end up splitting, with ugly results. Other churchesContinue reading “Of Towers and Temples: The Flesh, the Spirit, and True Reconciliation in Ephesians 2”
Tag Archives: Theology
Sin is Not the Cake, It’s the Knife
Christ tells us to repent of our sins, but why?
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”
Can We Sin in the New Creation?: Good, Evil, and Making Deals with the Devil
Fears in Heaven: will we be able to sin and end up back in the same mess as the first time? I attempt to answer an FAQ.
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.
The Church: Prophet, Priest, King
Just as Christ fulfils the offices of prophet, priest, and kings, so his body, the church continues his prophetic, priestly, and kingly work in the world.
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?
‘The Beautiful Story’ — Four Points for Consideration
The Church of England’s Evangelical Council released a video of sexuality. What might it have missed?