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Category = ‘theology’


Oct 2010
6

Grace and Mercy

I was just chatting with a good friend, with whom I have had many theological discussions.  But it all boils down to the advice he gave me (I’m sure he wouldn’t mind me sharing his wo..

Oct 2010
4

Christian Economics

I watched this video with interest, especially given the work I did at Oxford three and a half years ago, entitled ‘The idols of death and the God of life’ .  Perhaps I should have emailed it to R..

May 2010
18

Natural Disasters?

I am currently watching an excellent series on the BBC called The Story of Science .  The third episode, which I have just watched, is called ‘How we got here’. It of course raises all the red herr..

Apr 2010
10

Does God need chance?

I have long disliked the central place that ‘chance’ has in modern scientific theories, particularly the ‘random’ mutations that drive evolution forward. As a Christian I don’t..

Feb 2010
22

The Message for the Broken

Jesus’ teaching consistently attracted the irreligious while offending the Bible-believing, religious people of his day. However, in the main, our churches today do not have this effect. ..

Apr 2009
30

Communities of Grace

Over the years I have frequently thought about the relationship between the uncompromising ethical stance of much of the New Testament (not least the Sermon on the Mount), and salvation as the free g..

Apr 2009
17

Unscientific Questions

I watched an excellent programme on BBC One last night, called the Narnia Code. One of the points of the documentary was that CS Lewis preferred a medieval understanding of the universe to the mod..

Feb 2009
17

Incorporation ‘in Christ’ and Justification

I am currently reading Tom Wright’s latest book, Justification: God’s plan and Paul’s vision .  I am about a fifth of the way through, and so far it is typical Wright: engaging, well-written and tho..

Apr 2008
18

Assurance

I had a long conversation last night with a good friend about various theological topics.  Some of them will find their way on here, in time.  The first of them is the doctrine of assurance.  How can..

Apr 2008
9

Common Worship Ordination

I have to confess that there are many parts of the Church of England’s new Common Worship services that I don’t like.  The Baptism service, for example, is hugely long, overly complicated and (I th..