Rethinking Sin and Heretics? Neil Williams Says “Yes”

Read before you judge….. Over at GospelFutures, Williams suggests thinking of sin as “relational failure.” Sure, this is not exactly how Christians have thought of sin in the past, but, “Sin has a varied history. The way people have understood sin has changed over time. Views on sin have morphed according to the culture and [Read More…]

Does Jesus Have Anything to Say about How We Relate to Others (and is anybody going to listen?)

Over at GospelFutures, Neil Williams (D.Th., University of South Africa and author of The Maleness of Jesus: Is It Good News for Women?) has begun a new book project Chasing the Wind: The Quest for Relational Transformation. The issue, in a nutshell, is how the life and message of Jesus can be truly transformative in our relationships. No this [Read More…]

Thinking too Hard Will Change What You Believe (And That’s a Good Thing).

“The scholar never fully knows in advance where his line of thought will lead him. For the Christian to undertake scholarship is to undertake a course of action that may lead him into the painful process of revising his actual Christian commitments, sorting through his beliefs, and discarding some from a position where they can [Read More…]

Why Privilege the Christian Story Among all Other Stories?

At GospelFutures, Neil Williams’s next post is up on the power of story for providing coherence for the human drama. He addressed “Why Story” in his previous post. Today he looks at the Christian story specifically. As far back as we have written records, humans have used stories to figure out their world and to [Read More…]

The BIble ≠ The Gospel (and why that’s important).

On our GospelFutures website, my friend an co-laborer theologian Neil Williams is adding to his series on relational transformation with a couple more posts. This next post is titled Why story? and addresses reasons why we need to make a distinction between the biblical text and the gospel story. He argues that the text is [Read More…]