I keep coming back to the question that Mike Ovey frequently asked his students at Oak Hill, “Will you let God disagree with you through his word?” The point he would make was that we can tell the difference between an imaginary friend and a real friend by whether or not the friend disagreed with… Continue reading Abandoned? How do we square the difficult bits of Song of Songs?
John Stevens mentions on his blog a new video game “I am Jesus.” The idea is that the game simulates various events from Jesus life in order that you can get to know the events of his life through experiencing them. John rightly points out that whilst this may seem like a great idea, the… Continue reading I am NOT Jesus
Here’s part 2 “The Bride and her groom.” Have a read of Song of Songs 1-2 before listening to the podcast
Last week, I shared some blog articles on the Song of Songs talking about whether and how we could/should apply it to Christ and the church. You’ll notice that whilst I’ve been writing that the Song is meant to be about Christ, that I’ve been careful to distinguish things like prophecy, metaphor and typology from… Continue reading How not to apply Song of Songs (or any part of the Bible) to Jesus
Has there been anything in history comparable to the horrific things reports of abuse, bullying and toxic culture coming from evangelical churches over the past few years? Well, yes there has. Right back in the first century, the mission of the church could have almost been undone by the antics of the Corinthian church. There… Continue reading The solution to toxic culture? – a meal with Jesus
One of my favourite Bible passages is Ephesians 5:21-33. It’s the passage which I looked at for my MTh dissertation and yet in many respects I’m frustrated by how it is treated by Christians. It has become the battle ground for tribal disputes and the result has been a narrowing of focus and a squeezing… Continue reading The big beautiful marriage story
We all know how the book of Ruth ends. Boaz steps in as kinsman redeemer, Ruth marries him and they have a son, Obed, he becomes the father of Jesse and Jesse becomes the father of David, the king of Irael. Ruth the outsider joins the family lineage of King David and therefore along with… Continue reading A son for sickness (Ruth 4)
#TheDailyDose 2 Timothy 2:8-14
Penal substitution is an aspect of the doctrine of atonement. It is the belief that Jesus died in our place ad a substitute bearing the penalty for our sin. One of the objections to it is that it perpetrates “redemptive violence” so that the violence enacted against Jesus is itself seen as redemptive. Recently in… Continue reading Is Penal Substitution about redemptive violence?
Today’s #DailyDose from Isaiah 43:1-13 points to God as the Lord and Saviour who created, redeemed and calls us. We discover doctrinal truth -that Christ is fully God and pastoral hope that no-one can snatch us from His hand.