Kiss The Son (Psalm 2)

“I’ve learnt that it’s okay to be angry at God” “I have discovered that I need to forgive God first.” Have you heard statements like that?  They sound radical and edgy and I’ve heard these sorts of ideas put forward to help believers that are struggling with grief or emotional heartache. If they believe thatContinue reading “Kiss The Son (Psalm 2)”

The obedient son

Does The Son of God submit to and obey his Father? Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing some articles about the relationship between The Father and the Son and responding to a particular controversy. The controversy is over whether or not The Son submits to The Father in eternity. Some Christians believe thatContinue reading “The obedient son”

How does the Father relate to the Son? (A second look at John 5:19-27)

The context to John 5:19-29 is that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath. He claimed the right to do this because he was doing what his Father did.  His opponents saw in this reference to God as father a claim to divinity and therefore blasphemy. We can assume from that, that it was not theContinue reading “How does the Father relate to the Son? (A second look at John 5:19-27)”

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?”

Does the Son submit to the Father? Some further thoughts

I recently shared some thoughts about the relationship of the Son to the Father in the light of Aimee Byrd’s book “Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.  My position is that it is correct to say that the Son does submit to the Father but unhelpful to describe this as Eternal Subordination.  Here are someContinue reading “Does the Son submit to the Father? Some further thoughts”

The Trinity Controversy (Aimee Byrd and complementarianism part 2)

Blurbs about Aimee Byrd’s book, Recovering from Biblical manhood and womanhood have highlighted a few issues she picks up on, one of which is that she views that approach to complementarianism as linked to an unorthodox view of the Trinity. What is the problematic view? Well, let’s start by going back to first principles. WhenContinue reading “The Trinity Controversy (Aimee Byrd and complementarianism part 2)”