The crucial question when making a decision about Open Theism is whether or not it faithfully points us to the God of the Bible. As I mentioned in my previous article, a key starting point for Open Theism is 1 John 4:8 where the apostle says: 8 But anyone who does not love does not know… Continue reading Divine Love and the case for Open Theism
Tag: Doctrine of God
But God remembered
Bible study includes working through large sections of Scripture but as I’ve mentioned a few times, there are moments when it is good to pause and meditate on a verse or even a phrase, a few words. The start of Genesis 8 is one such moment. “But God remembered Noah” Genesis 8:1 It’s not that… Continue reading But God remembered
Gender neutral God?
The Guardian reports that the Church of England are looking at moves towards gender neutral language for God. It’s worth noting a couple of things before digging into the substance of the matter. First, that commissioning a report has a bit of the feel of kicking things into the long grass, don’t expect firm action… Continue reading Gender neutral God?
The God who speaks and sees Genesis 1v1-25
The Bible begins with the big picture story of God’s creating work Read Genesis 1:1-25 Notice three things about God here. There are a few dominant phrases that echo through the passage. First, there is the repetition “God said” each time that God speaks “let there…”, it comes to pass, so that another repeated phrase… Continue reading The God who speaks and sees Genesis 1v1-25
The first thing we need to know about everything is “God.” Read Genesis 1:1 The first book of the Bible tells us with its first words that “In the beginning, God created.” This introduces us to two important truths about God. First, the God who was there at the beginning is eternal. God predates the… Continue reading First things
Can we really know God? More on incomprehensibility and the inner life of God
I want to say a little bit more about how and what we know about God following on from the article I wrote the other day and some further discussion. In the first article we observed the following: All of this means, I believe that describing Eternal Generation as revelation does not make the Son… Continue reading Can we really know God? More on incomprehensibility and the inner life of God
Should we sing “the father’s wrath completely satisfied”?
A friend recently asked on social media for recommendations of newish songs for their church to learn. One I mentioned was the Sovereign Grace song, “Jesus Thank you” by Pat Sczebel . Another friend commented that whilst they too love this song, they struggle a bit with the chorus which goes: Your blood has washed… Continue reading Should we sing “the father’s wrath completely satisfied”?
Keep within the lines
Remember when you learnt to colour in as a child? The priority was not to be an amazing artist on day one or to demonstrate your creativity. You had one job. Keep within the lines. The rule rule applies to theology too, especially when talking about the Trinity. There are a few new books coming… Continue reading Keep within the lines
The Faithroots Podcast – Jesus and Gender with Elyse Fitzpatrick
In this week’s episode I talk with Elyse Fitzpatrick about her latest book (co-authored with Eric Schumacher) as we discover how returning to the Gospel and the example of Christ in Philippians 2 is crucial if we are to get beyond infighting over gender. We talk about the temptation for power and the desire to… Continue reading The Faithroots Podcast – Jesus and Gender with Elyse Fitzpatrick
Knowing God … knowing Jesus
This is a kind of footnote to my article that looked at what we can say about The Trinity and what we can learn from the Trinity. In response to that article, Daniel Blanche made these provocative remarks. Was his comment fair? Well, yes, I think there is a fair challenge to be answered here. … Continue reading Knowing God … knowing Jesus