Wright’s wrong reaction

Apr 29, 2020 by

by David Robertson, Evangelicals Now: The well-known theologian/author/ broadcaster N.T. Wright had an article in Time magazine in March in which he cautioned against ‘knee jerk’ reactions from Christians. Amongst the ‘silly’ reactions he included arguing that the coronavirus was a sign or a punishment. He told us that rationalists look for an explanation; romantics look for relief; but that the biblical position is to lament. As with all N.T. Wright’s writings it is well written, thought...

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Who’s got the answers?

Apr 21, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: Everyone’s discussing it. Whether we’re at home with the family or in an online work forum, having to weigh up facts and make decisions or just reacting to information and decisions from others, we all have one problem on our minds. From the leaders to the ordinary people we will all approach the problem depending on various factors: our academic and professional specialisation (if we have any); our philosophical worldview; our personal experience. And...

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‘In the midst of life we are in death’ – theological reflections on the coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 8, 2020 by

by Martin Davie: The purpose of these reflections . As I indicated at the end of last week’s blog, I have now reached a mid-point in my ‘Basic Christian primer on sex. marriage, and family life.’ This week I am going to take a week’s break from producing the primer in order to consider instead how we might view the current coronavirus pandemic theologically from the perspective of a Christian understanding of God and his relationship to the world in general, and the human race in particular....

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THE SACRIFICE: Jesus’ Passion Narrated by George Herbert

Apr 8, 2020 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: For the past three weeks, I have been meditating on the poet George Herbert’s sonnet on prayer (here and here and here). As we now come to the central Christian mystery of Jesus’ “passion,” his atoning death on the Cross, I am reposting  a reading (in text and MP3 recording) of Hebert’s great narrative poem “The Sacrifice.” This year we are following the gallant sacrifices which many are making to stem the coronavirus, an enemy to our physical health. Holy...

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First-class bible teaching stands out in theological college journal

Mar 23, 2020 by

by Julian Mann: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised’ (Job 1v21 – NIV). Eric Ortlund’s piece of Bible teaching in the latest Commentary from Anglican evangelical theological college Oak Hill stands out amidst the cultural analysis and the systematic theology. Of course, analysing culture from a biblical perspective and addressing a doctrinal topic are important. The articles of this kind in...

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The J Curve: the gospel message lived out

Mar 10, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: Christians wanting to remain faithful to the apostolic gospel and the teachings of Scripture in the context of an uncomprehending and sometimes hostile world and increasingly secularised church, need wise guides to help navigate the future. In the face of discouragement and complexity, leaders can capture imaginations by articulating vision with optimism, simplicity and clarity – for example: “our mission is to plant churches, our message is the...

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