June 6, 2011

Some Australian theologians have joined together to present a series of ethical arguments against Same Sex Marriage over at the ABC Religion and Ethics Website. Well worth reading! Read more

June 4, 2011

If you didn’t know, 5 June 2011 is Ascension Day. What does the ascension mean? I’ve heard an atheist speaker refer to it as the “Launching of the Lord”.  The ascension in Luke-Actts functions to end the resurrection appearances of Jesus and to also indicate his future parousia. However, the ascension also signifies much more than that. Let me give seven things to note about the ascension. 1. Jesus ascends to heaven so that he can send the Holy Spirit… Read more

June 4, 2011

I continue my series on writing style with lesson 6 in Williams and Colomb’s book Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (10th Edition). This lesson is the last of part 2 of the book’s five parts. Part 2 is the longest in the book and the subject has been clarity. In the previous lesson, Williams and Colomb’s focused on the importance of writing sentences that begin with the more familiar material, allowing new and more difficult material to be placed… Read more

June 4, 2011

Over at Virtue Online, Ted Schroder has a great piece on the ascension. Andrew Purves in The Crucifixion of Ministry takes issue with the theology of WWJD: “What would Jesus do?” He argues that it turns Jesus into a teacher of fixed moral ideas which must be imitated, i.e. a moralist not a Savior. Even with a little help from the Holy Spirit, it sounds like a religion of obedience to moral laws. This is to define Christian activity as… Read more

June 3, 2011

Do you have a poor man’s vacation story? One of the benefits of having a wife who works for an airline is the blessing of easy air travel. Before the kids we regularly traveled. As the kidos get older we are now beginning to see that we can travel with them. It takes a great deal more preparation to bring two 4-year olds, but it is conceivable. This weekend we pack up the fam for a long weekend away to… Read more

June 3, 2011

G. Walter Hansen The Letter to the Philippians PNTC; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009. Available at Amazon.com. I have a number of favourite Philippians commentaries (Bockmuehl, Fee, O’Brien), but I do have to say that there are some  likable elements to G. Walter Hansen’s Philippians commentary in the Pillar series. Hansen regards Philippians as a letter of friendship and he accepts the integrity of the letter on the grounds that there is no textual evidence for a fragmentary hypothesis and… Read more

June 2, 2011

Why do we pray the Lord’s prayer? Well a good reason is given in the Catechism of the Book of Common Prayer: Question. What desirest thou of God in this Prayer? Answer. I desire my Lord God our heavenly Father, who is the giver of all goodness, to send his grace unto me, and to all people; that we may worship him, serve him, and obey him, as we ought to do. And I pray unto God, that he will… Read more

June 1, 2011

Scot McKnight has a discussion of Tom Wright’s new (by new I mean new edition) on Authority and Scripture. Over at the Gospel Coalition there is a great post by Kevin DeYoung that obedience is possible, prescribed, and precious. See my earlier posts on Anti-nomian wars! Andy Naselli has a great summary on apps for iPad if you’re a pastor/scholar type person. All the relevant since I finally bought an iPad today! James McGrath gives us a cute photo describing… Read more

May 31, 2011

There is no official “evangelical ecclesiology,” nor can there be in the strict sense. You can have an Anglican, Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, or Presbyterian ecclesiology. Such ecclesiologies prescribe the confession, order, structure, discipline, governance, worship, sacraments, and ministries of these respective denominations. But there is no prescriptive evangelical equivalent because being evangelical is a theological ethos not a denominational entity. Belonging to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America does not make you “evangelical” and you can still be an… Read more

May 30, 2011

What do you think is a good name for this statue? It sets in front of the museum in Aphrodisias Turkey. Photo by: Anne Heaps Read more

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