One of the key elements of the recent debate about the Trinity is the place of Eternal Generation in our understanding of who The Son is. For many years some of those who held to the so called Eternal Functional Subordination position expressed scepticism about this, notably Wayne Grudem and Bruce Ware. Grudem has commented:… Continue reading Eternal Generation revisited
No! Error isn’t always heresy
I’ve recently revisited the “EFS/ESS” controversy, a theological disagreement about how we talk about the Father and the Son in Trinitarian doctrine. As I mentioned in my previous article, some people have been quick to use the “H word” accusing their interlocutors of falling into heresy. Now, charging people with heresy is a serious thing.… Continue reading No! Error isn’t always heresy
Eternal Generation and the EFS debate
In what way is Christ “God’s Son”? We are talking specifically about his divine nature here because he is also “son of God” by virtue of his human nature just as Luke describes Adam as God’s Son. John 3:16 describes Jesus as God’s “only begotten son.” It seems that Arians who did not regard Jesus… Continue reading Eternal Generation and the EFS debate
How does the Father relate to the Son? (A second look at John 5:19-27)
The context to John 5:19-29 is that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath. He claimed the right to do this because he was doing what his Father did. His opponents saw in this reference to God as father a claim to divinity and therefore blasphemy. We can assume from that, that it was not the… Continue reading How does the Father relate to the Son? (A second look at John 5:19-27)
The Son with amnesia?
In an earlier post, I talked about the challenges and the importance of talking about the Doctrine of God. I mentioned the controversy around the Doctrine of the Trinity and the Eternal Functional Subordination debate. Over the next few posts, I want to talk in a little more detail about this. My personal view is… Continue reading The Son with amnesia?
Wisdom’s True Identity (Proverbs 8)
Do you like a good riddle? Remember in the Lord of the Rings when Bilbo first meets Gollum. They get into a riddle contest. Each gives the other a clue and they have to work out who or what the other is talking about. Finally, Bilbo stumps Gollum with an accidental riddle “What have I… Continue reading Wisdom’s True Identity (Proverbs 8)
Greater than Great (Hebrews 1:5-14)
Here are the study questions for Sunday Night Church (17-05-2020). You can also watch the #afternoontea discussion we had on facebook which I’ve linked to at the bottom of the study Feel free to add your answers to the questions -and your own questions in the comments which we will leave open for this. For… Continue reading Greater than Great (Hebrews 1:5-14)