I recently wrote in response to an article that appeared on The Gospel Coalition website. The article was an extract from Josh Butler’s new book “Beautiful Union: How God’s Vision for Sex Points Us to the Good, Unlocks the True, and (Sort of) Explains Everything” The extract provoked a great deal of controversy, hence the… Continue reading Beautiful Union?
This week’s podcast continues our look at “How do you know?” How does God reveal truth to us?
Abandoned? How do we square the difficult bits of Song of Songs?
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?
The incomprehensible God and Eternal Generation
I want to flesh out some thoughts in response to a question that Ollie Lansdowne student minister at All Souls Langham Place raised on twitter. He raised the question as a statement which he then offered a poll for people to give their choice ranging from hard yes to hard no. Then he offered his… Continue reading The incomprehensible God and Eternal Generation
One of the resource sets I’m building up on Faithroots is a set of teaching guides on books of the Bible. These have started life as resources for lay preachers in our church. The idea is that they are there to help people who might not be able to access a lot if commentaries. They… Continue reading Teaching Resources
Which came first – Scripture or culture?
Yesterday I wrote about God, gender, pronouns and the church. Now, the classic response of liberal theology is to argue that the language we use about God and the church with Christ as groom and church as bride is somewhat arbitrary so that we could reverse it. Then, it is further suggested that the reason… Continue reading Which came first – Scripture or culture?
Revealed (Mark 4:21-25)
“Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? Mark 4:21 This is perhaps one of the best known sayings of Jesus. It’s often described as a parable but had a more proverbial feel. Also, it seems to have been used in different contexts. … Continue reading Revealed (Mark 4:21-25)
Revelation through the lens of the Ukraine invasion
I’ve argued before that when we read Revelation it is applicable to our present situation, not because we attempt to read a detailed chronology of the last days with timings but because we best understand Revelation as offering God’s explanation of the whole of history from the perspective of the end. This means that we… Continue reading Revelation through the lens of the Ukraine invasion
What if this is the end of days?
Some people have been asking over the past few days whether the conflict we are seeing in Ukraine is an end times battle, one of the events that will signal the end of the world. There are understandable reasons for the question to be asked. First, the conflict involves one of the main nuclear powers… Continue reading What if this is the end of days?
The end of a world
I recently wrote about whether the book of Revelation and other apocalyptic literature (Daniel, Matthew 24) etc predict current events that we are seeing now. I guess my answer was “yes and no.” No, in the sense most people understand the prophecy to be working. We are not meant to find chapters in the Bible… Continue reading The end of a world