I’m an evangelical charismatic Christian in a theological tradition that has been termed ‘Relational’ and that broadly sympathises with views both in the Arminian-Wesleyan tradition and in the Open Theist camp. I have a high view of the church. I believe in God-breathed Scripture and read it with a Christocentric hermeneutic. I greatly appreciate the … More On not knowing it all, and resisting labels
Poetry has always been the means by which human beings have creatively expressed that which is outside ordinary everyday speech. ‘Poetry’ in this sense encompasses poetry as we know it, but also plays, songs, and even some forms of prose; anything which seeks to use metaphors and similes, symbolism and imagery, hyperbole, creative contrast, rhyme, … More Theology and Poetry
I’ve just finished listening to the latest edition of Unbelievable, on the above subject. Representing the ‘Yes’ campaign, Joseph Cummings. ‘No’, Nabeel Qureshi. This was definitely one of the best recent episodes; the dialogue was respectful and enjoyable. The conversation hovered around the issue of what we would say about Judaism for longer than I liked. (The … More Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
“I’m really looking forward to pouring burning coals on my enemy’s head. “That’s what Romans 12 says I’m going to do. (It’s in the New Testament, you know.) Even after he’s been oppressing me, if he’s hungry I’m going to feed him, and if he’s thirsty I’m going to give him a drink, because the Bible … More Pouring burning coals on my enemy’s head!
A gift for all my readers (all three of you). While not strictly about Christmas, this poem concerns something I have been reflecting on quite deeply for a while and may blog about (if I have time) next year. In the meantime, enjoy, and see what it speaks to you about. I give you: The … More The Three Strangers
I think John has something to say into a couple of contemporary debates that are going on in theological circles. (As in John the Beloved, aka author of the Fourth Gospel, 1-3 John and purportedly the book of Revelation. Though he’s probably not the son of thunder according to Richard Bauckham, but that will have to wait for another … More The Atonement Theory Debate and 1 John
“Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, or His son’s name? Surely you know!” This was the tantalising, prophetic musing of a man called Agur (Proverbs 30:4). … More YHWH and Yeshua
As usual I would like to keep this brief (as an excuse for lack of effort to research much while I write) but this will probably end up proliferating anyway, so there. Read on, and do the research yourself, o thou internet user. This morning we had the pleasure of hosting Michael Hardin at our … More Michael Hardin and the ‘new view’ of the atonement
I remember having a hard time explaining to Joe Blanchard who Charles Wesley was. I met Joe at the Christian Union but he went to a different church on Sundays. “He wrote hymns,” I started. “Hymns?” “Yeah. Old worship songs!” “Oh right! Like ‘How Great Is Our God’?” “Um, no, not that one.” “Oh right. … More Who Is Charles Wesley?
Just over three years ago (in the same month of May) I wrote a post which has received some of the heaviest traffic on this blog, perhaps barring one on the correct interpretation of Revelation 19:10. I can’t explain the popularity of the latter, but for the former I think I can have a go. … More Did the Father turn his face away? Part 2