A theory about Jesus

Jesus Christ lived, died and rose again nearly 2000 years ago. Information about His life and teachings was produced according to literary, historical and missional practices of the time. He therefore never had the chance to be photographed, say, or interviewed on national radio. Neither...

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A rant about the words of hymns

"What is your favourite hymn, psalm or spiritual song?" is a frequently asked question. Less often asked is: "What about your least favourite?" I have the interesting privilege of attending a church with three very different worship styles. One is worship from the book Mission Praise: basically...

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Homosexuality and the church

Recently, our vicar preached a sermon on the 3rd chapter of St Paul’s letter to the Colossians. In commenting on verse 5 (“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry”), he very...

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The Sadducees and Julian Barnes

Recently I was reading the section in chapter 22 of Matthew’s gospel where Jesus is asked a question by the Sadducees “who say there is no resurrection.” “Now there were seven brothers among us; the first married and died, and having no children left his wife...

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Gospel preaching, judgment and church history

I frequently enjoy and am often challenged by Rev Ian Paul’s award-winning blog Psephizo, which ranges over all matters theological and church-related. The other day his post was entitled, provocatively, “Did Jesus come to bring good news?” In it he quotes, apparently with approval, one John...

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Commentary on the book of Job

I’ve recently been reading the book of Job. Everyone loves this book in theory, because it reassures us that it’s Biblical a) to notice that life isn’t fair, and b) for suffering people to resent being told to cheer up or repent; and because some of...

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