“Go to the land I will show you “-Abraham and God’s place

When God tells Abraham to go to the place or land he is going to show him, Abraham obeys.  This is despite all the challenges and obstacles that he faces.  God has promised the land to him and his descendants, but he is old, without children and the land is already occupied. Not only is… Continue reading “Go to the land I will show you “-Abraham and God’s place

God’s place – Eden

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I’m continuing to explore the theme of God’s people living in his presence and picking up on the three themes that Graeme Goldsworthy and Christopher Wright both emphasise of people, place and rule. At the moment we are talking about place -about where God’s people are to dwell in his presence. In Genesis 1, we… Continue reading God’s place – Eden

Euthanasia and the real choice: A culture of life or a culture of death?

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The other day, I wrote about concerning proposals coming out of Canada which could have profound and disturbing consequences.  The proposal is that medically assisted dying (euthanasia) should be made available for those with disabilities and for children, even under 1 year old.  The purpose for this is said to be that this would enable… Continue reading Euthanasia and the real choice: A culture of life or a culture of death?

God’s Place

There are three strands to Biblical Theology I would like to talk a bit more in this article about “God’s Place.”  In Genesis 1-2, we are told the story of Creation.  God creates the universe out of nothing and forms and fills it over a 6 day period before resting on the seventh day. The… Continue reading God’s Place

Good news for the unsettled, uprooted and home sick

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The strapline of Faithroots is “What we believe affects how we live.”  This is because Faithroots is first of all, a theological website. One of my aims is to introduce readers to good, solid, rich and challenging theology.  But Faithroots is also meant to be a practical, pastoral site and I don’t think those two… Continue reading Good news for the unsettled, uprooted and home sick

Exiles and strangers

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When Peter opens his first letter with the words, “o those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.”[1] It could be seen as just a literal and physical description of those Jewish believers who had been dispersed and scattered from their homeland. However, when you get to 1 Peter… Continue reading Exiles and strangers

Out of Egypt I have called my son – Jesus as exile

In Matthew 2::14 -15, we are told that Mary and Joseph fleeing from Herod with the baby Jesus to Egypt and then returning from there to Nazareth, when Herod died fulfilled the prophecy in Hosea 11:1 “Out of Egypt I have called my son.” Hosea 11 retells the story of the Exodus. It is God’s… Continue reading Out of Egypt I have called my son – Jesus as exile

It’s not banishment when God sends

In the first 11 chapters of Genesis, we see several examples of exile when people are banished from the place of God’s manifest presence.  Adam and Eve are banished from Eden. Cain, their son is literally banished from the ground meaning that he can no longer live off of its produce as he has done… Continue reading It’s not banishment when God sends

Homeward bound: More on a Biblical Theology of death as exile

Yesterday I wrote about the theme of death as exile.  In the Old Testament, it is that theme of banishment and exile that most visibly shows the consequences of death for humanity.  However, it is important that we remember that this is about how death is the post-fall penalty for sin. Christ’s death on the… Continue reading Homeward bound: More on a Biblical Theology of death as exile

Death as exile

What does God mean when he warns Adam and Eve that on the day that they eat from the forbidden tree that they will die?  We know that they didn’t immediately die physically, they lived for many years after, although they would now experience, sickness and mortality.  This is where our Biblical Theology theme of… Continue reading Death as exile