Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The question isn't "continuity/discontinuity"

Have been watching (and participating a little in) a discussion on the continuity and discontinuity between the old and new creation. The discussion started at Sola Panel and continued on Michael Jensen's blog. It has generally been very helpful for me.

It's made me realise that continuity/discontinuity just isn't the issue. What we're all trying to work out is:

(a) how to rightly portray the judgement of God on this world in a way that speaks the affirming "yes" of Christ's resurrection while not losing the horror inducing "no" as God condemns our idolizing of his good creation;

(b) how should our attitude to the present creation be affected by the knowledge of God's eschatological purposes—his work of judgement and re-creation.

I've appreciated being moved in a different direction.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Historical Jesus methodology

Singing in the reign is a blog worth reading. In this post is an excellent discussion of current assumption in much of the historical Jesus research. It raises some great questions about the assumptions being made when we assume not all the words attributed to Jesus in the Gospels are really his.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Identifying weaknesses

Here's good advice for churches, where people are notoriously reluctant to give negative feedback. Look for what people won't tell you.

Conversation tips

Ministers are wise to think carefully about how they speak and act in conversation. Here's a helpful post with links to other pages on body language and other non-verbals.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Michael Ovey on Repentance

Have just started our Moore Annual Lectures. Michael's taking us through Luke-Acts and asking whether the Gospel is, as Calvin would suggest, centrally about repentance and faith. Or whether, as some modern views would suggest, that repentance is a by-product of the declaration of the Lordship of Christ. Last night was very enriching—using literary tools Michael reflected on the contrast of character development of "tax collectors" and "Pharisees" in Luke. He used six feasts mentioned in Luke's narrative to show how this developed. The real twist came when we discovered the early characterisation of greed and sinfulness of the tax collectors is revealed to also be the characteristic of the Pharisees, but that the Pharisees, due to their self-righteousness, do not receive the invitation to the joyous feast of repentant sinners. Looking forward to seeing the understanding of righteousness in Luke unfold.