At the heart of the Christian faith is a conviction that salvation is God’s doing. God takes the initiative in establishing, maintaining and perfecting the relationship with all of creation, and humans in particular. Without God, there would be no salvation. Period. This conviction has tended to be accompanied by an emphasis that downplays the… Continue reading grace and human effort
I recently came across this gem of a quote on Facebook; beautiful in its profundity, and breathtaking in its brevity. “Grace is the essence of theology; gratitude is the essence of ethics.” – G. C. Berkouwer It captures the heart of what any Christian thinker has ever tried to say about the fitting human response… Continue reading love is grateful
More and more, I’m convinced that love of self and neighbour/others are meant to go together. Love of self without love of others is – literally – selfish, and love of others without love of self is not only unsustainable but false. Leaving aside the question of justification for love of self (when we all… Continue reading love of self & others
This photo (found on Facebook) reflects a false, either/or view of Christian spirituality. It assumes that a) respecting, serving, growing and happiness of ‘you’ and b) respecting, serving, growing and happiness of ‘God’ are in direct and total contradiction. To quote Hannah Moore from the film ‘Amazing Grace’, “we humbly suggest you can do both.”… Continue reading both-and, again…
Epistemology is the most foundational of topics in philosophy. How trustworthy is human knowledge? Or worded another way: How much ‘faith’ (Greek ‘pistis’ for ‘trust’) can we put in what we think we know? At one end of the spectrum, you have narrow, ‘verificationist’ epistemologies (such as: logical positivism & naive realism) that only trust knowledge… Continue reading a trinity of ‘knowledge-lights’…
Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind & strength Love your neighbour as you… Love your self. Love of God, neighbour and self are all interwoven. I’ve been thinking lately about confession, which – like love – occurs in relationship. Protestants often are quick to give reasons why they don’t confess to a… Continue reading the (w)hole in our confession
I picked up a copy of Gustavo Gutierrez‘s ‘A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation‘ for a) my growing interest in the biblical theme of ‘Freedom’/’Liberation’, and b) the ‘Themes in a Missional Spirituality’ block-course I’ll be taking this semester at Carey Baptist College – with guest lecturer – and author and theologian –… Continue reading activist theologian
Modesty isn’t (on one hand) wearing body-hiding, beauty-suppressing clothing to prevent even the possibility of someone having any kind of attraction. Nor, of course, is modesty (on the other hand) wearing body-flaunting, beauty-distorting clothing to ensure every possibility of every kind of attraction. Modesty and being attractive are not at all at odds with each… Continue reading modesty and attraction
In chapter 10 of his gospel (or not far into the Jerusalem journey narrative as he would have seen it – he didn’t divide his gospel into ‘chapter and verse’), Luke presents an exchange between an expert in the Law (of Moses – i.e. Torah) and Jesus. The lawyer is first trying to ‘test’ Jesus,… Continue reading who is my neighbour?
The word ‘teleology’ (from Greek τελος ‘telos’ – meaning ‘goal’, ‘end’, ‘purpose’ or ‘that toward which things tend’) is not a street-level term. However, the concept of a purpose, goal, function or ‘end’ to things most certainly is. It’s a common as anything. Teleology is blindingly relevant.