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
One of the bones of contention in the debate between EFS advocates and neo-classical theists is whether or not we can apply things from the inner relationships of the Trinity to life today. EFS has predominated amongst theologians and pastors from a complementarian background. The idea that the Father and Son are equal in nature… Continue reading Is it impossible to learn from the Trinity?
Imagine the conversation should someone turn up today from the 4th Century church and observe the state of our theological debates. What would they say to us? I imagine it would go something like this.
Well, you got a little bit of a taster of what is coming in this review in my previous two articles. You will have realised by now that the book I was referring to when I described how my judgements are formed was Simply Trinity by Matthew Barrett. I then addressed a specific example looking… Continue reading Looking for more – a disappointing read of Simply Trinity
I’ve just been reading a fantastic new book for review (watch out for the review over the next few days) and was struck by the attention it gives to 2 Timothy 3 and the warning that we are marked out as true teachers and leaders not just by our message but also by our method.… Continue reading Simply questionable
One of the people who has been right at the centre of the EFS controversy has been Wayne Grudem. When the charge of heresy is made it is primarily targeted against Grudem and Bruce Ware. This is understandable because I have to admit that out of the “EFS” proponents, it has been their language that… Continue reading How not to be a heretic – be teachable
One well known preacher allegedly once said that if we are to preach the Gospel properly, so that it’s full force is heard, then we are likely to be accused of being anti-nominans. An anti-nomian (against law) is someone who believes and teaches that the law only applied before Christ, we are now under grace… Continue reading How not to be a heretic – preaching the negatives
Since my last article on the difference between heresy and error I’ve had some push back. The question has come “how do we decide if it’s error or heresy?” It’s been suggested that the risk is that it becomes my opinion against someone else’s. Don’t worry though because my Presbyterian friends have offered a solution.… Continue reading The court for determining heresy is the court of Scripture
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
Every so often, a little debate about the Trinity and specifically about the relationship of the Father to the Son rears its head again. You may have heard it referred to as either The Eternal Subordination of the Son” (ESS) or “Eternal Functional Subordination” (EFS). The debate got particularly heated back in 2016, people started… Continue reading EFS/ESS – revisiting a recent Trinitarian controversy