The Ascension Day

May 13, 2021 by

By Ashley Null, Gafcon: For the followers of Jesus, his Ascension, which we celebrate today, was a turning point. From then on, they would live in the in-between time, between Jesus leaving this earth and his promised return. For Christians, that means we are part of this world, but not of it.  We are born here, live here, work here, love and are loved here. We even eventually die here.  But here is not our home. Here is not the source of our power.  Here is not the focus of our hope.  What...

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The centrality of the Ascension in the New Testament

May 13, 2021 by

By Ian Paul, Psephizo: What would you identify as the climax and completion of Jesus’ life and ministry? Surprisingly, this is not a trivial question. One of the key differences between John and the synoptic gospels is that, where the synoptics portray the crucifixion as a necessary but incomplete act on the way to the resurrection, John portrays it as the climax and completion of Jesus’ ministry in itself. In place of Jesus’ cry of despair (Matthew 27.46, Mark 15.34), John records a cry of...

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The questionable innocence of Pontius Pilate

Apr 17, 2021 by

by Steve Morris, The Critic: David Lloyd Dusenbury is a research fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He didn’t expect to be writing this book. Instead he had decided to write a review of another book, Giorgio Agmben’s Pilate and Jesus in 2015. He never got round to writing that review, because the book set him to ask questions. Agmben’s thesis is that Pilate was innocent of blame. Dusenbury decided to find out if he agreed. T Sometimes issues of great secular significance can be...

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A better theology of work

Mar 20, 2021 by

by Stephen Kneale, Building Jerusalem: Some of us could do with a better theology of work, couldn’t we? If you want that to sound less poncey than reading it back sounds, we need to have a better view of secular work. All too often, the message comes through that work is fine, but it is is a necessity mainly for the purpose of looking after your family and give to the church. Otherwise, it’s a bit of a nuisance really, taking you away from gospel work; that is to say, real work. We are...

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Living in Love and Faith? The Church of England’s discernment process on marriage and sexuality owes too much to the spirit of this post-modern age

Feb 23, 2021 by

By Tom Parsons, for Anglican Mainstream: The Church of England has just embarked on a denomination-wide process ‘to learn together about how the Christian understanding of God relates to questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.’ The Living In Love And Faith process (LLF) was announced in 2017 after clergy in the General Synod voted down a House of Bishops report that affirmed the biblical and traditional view that a marriage can only exist between a man and woman....

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The Gnostic heresy’s political successors

Feb 16, 2021 by

by Edward Feser: The Western world is the creation of the Church, and the crisis of the West is always at bottom the crisis of the Church.  This is especially so where the Church has receded into the background of the Western mind – where men’s plans are hatched in the name of progress, science, social justice, equity, or some other purportedly secular value, and make little or no reference to religion.  For liberalism, socialism, communism, scientism, progressivism, identity politics,...

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