The pastor king?

I’m continuing to reflect on some of the lessons arising from the 31:8 review of the Jonathan Fletcher case. The case relates to an Anglican minister in London who has been identified as engaging in systemic abuse of young men over a number of years.  Leaders within what is often referred to as “the conservativeContinue reading “The pastor king?”

Can systematic theology cross cultures?

I’d like to engage briefly with a comment from missiologist Eddie Arthur’s blog. The statement forms part of some notes Eddie jotted down listening to a discussion on Evangelicalism and the Majority World. The majority world church needs to develop its own language to express gospel truth. “I long for the day when we willContinue reading “Can systematic theology cross cultures?”

Abuse and the fault in our theology

I remember being asked once whether I’d prefer to pastor a church that was weak/confused in its doctrine but seemed on fire with passion for the Lord and loving or a church that seemed to be ticking all the right boxes doctrinally but wasn’t clicking in terms of love, welcome, enthusiasm. After thinking about theContinue reading “Abuse and the fault in our theology”

Be careful little lips what you say -the heresy bar

“Wayne Grudem is a heretic, I know so cos my dad is an elder and he says so!” I’m paraphrasing a little but not by much.  The conversation was not with a youngster but with someone claiming to lead a ministry.  It was a brief twitter conversation.  Readers here will hopefully be up to dateContinue reading “Be careful little lips what you say -the heresy bar”

How should we talk about the Father and Son (concluding thoughts part 1)

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been revisiting the controversy around the Eternal Functional Subordination debate.  In this article, I want to sum up and share my own position and conclusion on the topic. I will then follow this up by asking the question “Can we make any application from the relations within the TrinityContinue reading “How should we talk about the Father and Son (concluding thoughts part 1)”

Mike Ovey on The Will of the Father and The Son

I have been looking at the Eternal Functional Subordination debate over a series of posts. We started with a brief look at a couple of Bible passages and it is my plan to to return to them in a little more detail towards the end before making some practical application. We then saw that centralContinue reading “Mike Ovey on The Will of the Father and The Son”

How does a Father Relate to his Son?

EFS advocates are primarily concerned with how the Father, Son and Holy Spirit relate to each other. There is no dispute about their oneness and equality when it comes to essence. The argument rather is that it is possible to identify distinctions in terms of persons and that this distinction includes a form of order.Continue reading “How does a Father Relate to his Son?”

“Not my will but yours” – who is talking to who?

In Matthew 26, Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane after he has shared the last supper with the disciples. There in the garden he goes to pray on his own and says these famous words.  “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”[1]Continue reading ““Not my will but yours” – who is talking to who?”

The Son with amnesia?

In an earlier post, I talked about the challenges and the importance of talking about the Doctrine of God. I mentioned the controversy around the Doctrine of the Trinity and the Eternal Functional Subordination debate. Over the next few posts, I want to talk in a little more detail about this.  My personal view isContinue reading “The Son with amnesia?”