Towards a Biblical Theology– Part Five


THE UNITY OF THE NEW TESTAMENTIn my full length study The Problem with Evangelical Theology, one of the main points I tried to stress repeatedly is that the problem with Evangelical Theologies of various sorts is, paradoxically enough, that they are not Biblical enough, and even more to the point they become unbiblical at the precise junctures where they try to say something distinctive from the things orthodox Christians all basically agree on.For example, the theologies of … [Read more...]

Towards a Biblical Theology– Part Four


(We continue to offer here excerpts from near the end of Vol. Two of The Indelible Image).GOING BEYOND THE BIBLE?This in turn brings us to another and rather daunting topic. What about going beyond the Bible? What about the incomplete ideas in the NT canon which point us beyond themselves? This question will always be raised somewhat tentatively by those who have taken seriously the Reformation notion of ‘sola Scriptura’. But even the strongest advocates of that position in the end ag … [Read more...]

Christmas Day Poem—Incognito


INCOGNITOHe came in incognito, A thinly veiled disguise The not so subtle son of man, A human with God’s eyes.The messianic secret, Left many unawares A God had walked upon the earth And shared our human cares.We did not see his glory, At least not at first glimpse, It took an Easter wake up call, Before it all made sense.The truth of Incarnation, Of dwelling within flesh, Shows goodness in creation, And Word of God made fresh.Standing on the boundary Twixt earth … [Read more...]

Christmas Poem of the Day— The Bonding


THE BONDINGA cold and listless season, And full of cheerless cheer, When hopes are raised and dashed again And joy dissolves in tears.The search for endless family The search for one true Friend Leaves questers tired, disconsolate With questions without end.Best find some potent pleasure quick Some superficial thrill Than search for everlasting love When none can fill that bill.So hide yourselves in shopping And eating ‘til you burst, Use endless entertainment As s … [Read more...]

A Christmas Sermon– Logos Logic


LOGOS LOGIC (John 1. 1-18) TRAILING CLOUDS OF GLORY Tallula Bankhead was undoubtedly one of the most flamboyant and colorful women of her era. She talked loud, she dressed loud, she was not known for her subtlety. She was also not much given to attending church. But on one occasion she heard that there was to be some real pageantry and ceremony at the local Catholic Cathedral for a famous bishop was coming to town for a special worship service. She decided she wanted to go … [Read more...]

Sherlock Holmes– Lurking in the Shadows


It was with 'not a little' anticipation that I went, 'quite readily', to see the new Sherlock Holmes film at the cinema this evening. I wanted to know if 'the game's still afoot', or if the game is lame. The previews had been more than a little alluring, the female characters quite fetching (indeed you saw them fetching all sorts of things), and Watson and Holmes were back on a case that involved Moriarty, 'the Napoleon of crime', or in this case the bin Laden of arms dealers. The great … [Read more...]

Remembering Jesus,the McIver Book– Final Part


In an Appendix Robert McIver has assembled some very interesting raw data. In this post we will deal with it first, and then with the conclusions to his study. Some of these conclusions will come as something of shock to some of our readers. For example, McIver assembles the raw data from studies of the relevant period's skeletal remains. Average age at death of women--- about 34 years of age. Average age at death of men--- about 36 years of age. Of course one has to take into account the … [Read more...]

First Major Hobbit Trailer!

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Towards Biblical Theology– Part Two


( A further excerpt from the Indelible Image Vol. Two).NURTURING A SENSE OF PROGRESSIVE REVELATIONBiblical theology, or canonical theology, or Biblical ethics or canonical ethics if they are even going to be attempted should not be done in an a-historical manner, as if the Bible could be treated flatly as a thesaurus of theological and ethical ideas in which ‘salvation’ in Exodus, means exactly the same thing as ‘saved by grace through faith in Christ’ means in Ephesians. If there is n … [Read more...]