Theology and the church

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The other day I saw this twitter comment about the place, or more accurately, absence of theology in the local church. There was also this additional commentary from Marcus Honeysett.  I believe that the local church is the context where theology should primarily happen.  There are a few reasons for this but it boils down… Continue reading Theology and the church

Pastoral Theology

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Another resource I’ve been developing on Faithroots is a “pastor’s theology”. The aim is to provide a Systematic Theology that is practically applied to help us think about how what we believe affects how we live. I am currently working on part 4 about Being Human and bits of that are appearing on the blog… Continue reading Pastoral Theology

Equipping people for urban mission will need more than an alternative to seminary

Regular readers of Faithroot.com will know that I’m particularly passionate about seeing people equipped to pastor and plant in our urban contexts. This means that we need to be able to identify, call, train, send people from urban backgrounds, from working class and estate contexts, from different ethnic groups. It will mean encouraging and equipping… Continue reading Equipping people for urban mission will need more than an alternative to seminary

Hostile to God

Our story of humanity so far has been about rebellion and rescue. We’ve seen Adam and Eve sin and face both judgement and grace, we’ve observed this pattern repeated through Cain and Abel. We’ve then watched as evil has filled the earth leading to judgement through cataclysm.  There was salvation in the midst of The… Continue reading Hostile to God

The Faithroots Series

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I originally started Faithroots in order to provide online teaching and training. I had two concerns. The first was to provide content that we couldn’t cover in half hour on a Sunday morning for those at our church who wanted to take things further. The second was that I’ve a particular concern for those who… Continue reading The Faithroots Series

Being Human – New series on faithroots starts this week

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The original (and an ongoing) aim of Faithroots  was to help people think through how doctrine/systematic theology applied to life. My concern was that we seem to separate Christian teaching into heavy weight more academic stuff and practical self help stuff. But if what we believe affects how we live then first of all, the… Continue reading Being Human – New series on faithroots starts this week

Creation and Biblical Theology

The first few chapters of Genesis are setting up the rest of the book. So, just as a film or novel will return to key places and characters and just as a particularly melody will keep appearing in a musical, so too, we can look forward to the themes we discover in these first few… Continue reading Creation and Biblical Theology

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 will… Continue reading Can systematic theology cross cultures?

The Garden (Genesis 2:4-25)

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Introduction We now get what many scholars take to be a second and possibly contradictory creation account.[1]  By the way, I think it is unlikely that someone would just stick two contradictory accounts side by side: common sense tells me that. There are also good reasons found in the text itself for rejecting that suggestion… Continue reading The Garden (Genesis 2:4-25)