Mission, creation and incarnation

Nov 20, 2019 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: I was grateful to Philip North for offering a response to my critique of his views on mission in relation to the incarnation, published in the Church Times. There is nothing quite like hearing someone’s point of view in their own words, and it has been immensely valuable to have this exchange. I offer here some final reflections, since I am not sure that Philip’s response actually addressed the questions I raised, and it highlighted some further issues. Although Philip...

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Scalfari: Pope Francis denies bodily resurrection of Jesus

Nov 7, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant: In a new series of troubling revelations, Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari has quoted Pope Francis as denying the bodily resurrection of Jesus in stating that the crucified Christ emerged from the tomb as a spirit rather than as a body. In a front-page article in Tuesday’s La Repubblica, Scalfari expands on his earlier quote from Pope Francis, where the Holy Father is interpreted as rejecting the divinity of Jesus while he was on earth and dovetails that...

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The Reformation’s African Roots

Oct 31, 2019 by

by  A. Trevor Sutton, The Gospel Coalition: Five hundred and two years ago—on October 31, 1517—Martin Luther publicly posted his Ninety-five Theses in Wittenberg, Germany, and the Protestant Reformation began. No doubt you’ve heard this fact before—it’s the stuff of ninth-grade history class and the answer to the $200 Jeopardy! question, right up there with “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Despite its widespread acceptance, however, this may not be the best place to start the...

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‘Don’t go listening to lies’? Absolutely. A response to Rosie Harper

Oct 25, 2019 by

by Martin Davie: For centuries members of the Church of England have confessed their sins using the words of the general confession in the Book of Common Prayer… …Those who have prayed in this way have believed that the words they have said correspond to the truth of the human situation. We have turned from God’s ways and have become people who are at odds with God and consequently we need to ask his forgiveness and seek his help to amend our lives. Today, however, there are members of the...

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Only God can save Western civilisation

Oct 25, 2019 by

by Will Jones,Faith and Politics: The crisis of Western society, set out so clearly and terrifyingly by Douglas Murray in his recent books, is at root a metaphysical crisis stemming from the abandonment of God and, with it, all grounding in objective moral values. In the absence of God, a new materialistic morality has grown up based on affirming people’s subjective preferences and treating them all as of equal value. To counter this corrosive creed of self-defeating relativism, we...

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What is a biblical theology of sexuality? Part 2

Sep 28, 2019 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: In the first part of this two-part post, I set out what I perceive as the first four of eight affirmations about sex and sexuality in the broad narrative of the Scriptures. Look at this ‘big picture’ is an essential complement to the discussions about detailed texts, and without it the debate can sometimes get lost in the details. The first four affirmations were that: sex is a good gift from good; that we are bodily creatures, not merely spirits trapped in bodies or...

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