How not to be a heretic – be teachable

One of the people who has been right at the centre of the EFS controversy has been Wayne Grudem. When the charge of heresy is made it is primarily targeted against Grudem and Bruce Ware. This is understandable because I have to admit that out of the “EFS” proponents, it has been their language thatContinue reading “How not to be a heretic – be teachable”

No! Error isn’t always heresy

I’ve recently revisited the “EFS/ESS” controversy, a theological disagreement about how we talk about the Father and the Son in Trinitarian doctrine.  As I mentioned in my previous article, some people have been quick to use the “H word” accusing their interlocutors of falling into heresy.  Now, charging people with heresy is a serious thing.Continue reading “No! Error isn’t always heresy”

EFS/ESS – revisiting a recent Trinitarian controversy

Every so often, a little debate about the Trinity and specifically about the relationship of the Father to the Son rears its head again. You may have heard it referred to as either The Eternal Subordination of the Son” (ESS)  or “Eternal Functional Subordination” (EFS). The debate got particularly heated back in 2016, people startedContinue reading “EFS/ESS – revisiting a recent Trinitarian controversy”

Do evangelical and liberal Christians believe in the same God?

This may be an even more provocative question than yesterday’s question about whether or not Christians and Muslims worship the same God.  However, I hope it will help us to develop our thinking a but further.    It comes in the context of some of the responses to the first question, where the follow on isContinue reading “Do evangelical and liberal Christians believe in the same God?”

Do Christians and Muslims believe in the same God?

This is one of those questions that comes up from time to time.  Don’t we actually worship the same God?  Isn’t it just that Christians have some funny views about Jesus being God’s Son (from a Muslim perspective).  The question goes a bit further than the usual “all religions are the same” line and isContinue reading “Do Christians and Muslims believe in the same God?”

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”

Balance is often the enemy of truth

One of the idols we chase is “balance.” It is an established political fact that unless everyone else has headed off to the extremes, elections are normally won from the political centre.  Opinion polls show that most voters consider themselves to be in the centre and judge the parties by where they believe they sitContinue reading “Balance is often the enemy of truth”