the church caught conducting a SSM

(a ‘targum’ of John 8:3-11) 3 The representatives of a group of churches brought in one of their churches which was caught in the act of blessing a same sex marriage. They made it stand before Jesus 4 and said to him, “Teacher, this church was caught in the act of blessing a same sex marriage.… Continue reading the church caught conducting a SSM

jesus within the good samaritan parable?

I’m currently doing a research essay on how the parable of the Good Samaritan has been preached in different times and contexts.  Interpretation and preaching have traditionally centred on how the story presents three characters, one of who is the exemplary Samaritan. But in the research, I’ve found that some rightly point out that the… Continue reading jesus within the good samaritan parable?

selected v. elected

It’s a simple distinction. When a panel of judges selects one competitor to be the champion, the others don’t benefit from the selection.  They go home losers.  (Cue Queen music…) But when a nation elects a new leader, the entire nation benefits.  He or she passes legislation that they elected him to pass, etc. The biblical doctrine of… Continue reading selected v. elected

praying with jesus

Kim Fabricus recently offered twelve ripostes for ‘militant atheists’, one of which was about prayer. —Prayer plainly doesn’t work. —Thank God! ((Garth Brooks had a similar insight: “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”)) On a spectrum of immature to mature, understandings of Christian prayer will range from the anthropocentric and mechanistic ((not to… Continue reading praying with jesus

original sin essay

Done. I really enjoyed the research on this one.  My continual struggle is starting early enough on an assignment so that I have time to drown myself in research and actually write the essay.  There are 34 items in the bibliography (dictionaries, commentaries, journal articles and some topical monographs), and I really only dipped into… Continue reading original sin essay

public service: worship and prayer included

Issues of culture, religion, politics and the like are of much interest to me. This Friday, quite an interesting complex of issues will be focused in one event in which I’ll be taking part. As a pastor of one of the churches in the Northcote area, I’ve been asked to take part in the ANZAC… Continue reading public service: worship and prayer included