The other day, I wrote about how a particular problem at the moment is where we acknowledge that a theology of everything is possible but do this by breaking everything down into its constituent parts and analysing them leading to what I called the anatomisation of everything. I was making a wider point but it… Continue reading One Flesh – Is it just about sex?
Is a husband his wife’s saviour?
Well the fire started the other day concerning sex, relationships and salvation doesn’t show any signs of dying down. Rachel Denhollander shared this from John MacArthur as another example of problematic teaching about marriage. Now, to be fair to Josh Butler whose TGC article kicked off this whole debate, I think that he might say… Continue reading Is a husband his wife’s saviour?
Sex talk – responding to that (now pulled) TGC article.
The Gospel Coalition recently published an excerpt from Josh Butler’s book, Beautiful Union, entitled “Sex won’t save you but it will point to the one who can.” The article prompted a lot of internet outrage and they’ve since pulled it, suggesting that the problem was a lack of context from the book, so they’ve instead… Continue reading Sex talk – responding to that (now pulled) TGC article.
Christ loves you … so let him
I’ve shared a few articles about the Song of Songs recently. This week I’m going to be sharing some teaching Podcasts stepping into the book in a bit more detail. If you want to read some of the articles introducing Song of Songs please check out this tag. Here’s the first audio talk And here… Continue reading Christ loves you … so let him
How not to apply Song of Songs (or any part of the Bible) to Jesus
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
When you have a dead Christ …
In his recent critique of contemporary conservative evangelicalism, Glen Scrivener talked about the danger that we end up getting as far as the crucifixion in our application of the Gospel. The result is that we have a dead Christ. This is quite the challenge because many of us have long considered this a criticism of… Continue reading When you have a dead Christ …
Headship and love – What Ephesians 5 says about the cost of living crisis
I often return to the question of how we understand and apply Ephesians 5:21ff to marriage today. I’ve a particular interest in this area having written my MTh dissertation on the passage. So I have an academic interest but my concern is that this should be helpfully practical. One of the conclusions I’ve come to… Continue reading Headship and love – What Ephesians 5 says about the cost of living crisis
God, gender, pronouns and the church
If you check someone’s social media profile these days, then you are likely to find that they’ll tell you their preferred pronouns. The point is that we are not to assume that they want to identify with a particular gender. It is considered respectful to allow another person to let you know how they want… Continue reading God, gender, pronouns and the church
Jesus my king says “come and sit with me”
I was speaking at West Smethwick Congregational Church last Sunday. WSCC is a church we built connections with when they sought help with revitalisation and replanting. A few years back they were down to half a dozen people. So, it was good to visit them and see such a change. They have a pastor and… Continue reading Jesus my king says “come and sit with me”
The could and should of Psalm singing
I’ve written a couple of times about Psalm singing and whether or not we are required to sing THE Psalms. The very first time I wrote on this back in November 2020 I said that I’d like to encourage a debate. I’m not sure I’ve been very successful at that. It seems that the response… Continue reading The could and should of Psalm singing