sort yourself first

Some expressions of Christian faith need a corrective from a narrow individualistic focus on ‘me and my salvation’ towards a broader vision in which individual salvation is in the context of God’s cosmic work of redemption and new creation. Having said that… The opposite of an individualistic focus also needs correcting. Without a healthy personal… Continue reading sort yourself first

world + flesh + devil

The world, the flesh and the devil. These three entities have been said to be the three sources of sin and temptation for Christians.  That is to say that when we get it wrong, we can point to the influential lure of culture (the world), the weakness of natural desire (the flesh), and the overarching… Continue reading world + flesh + devil

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

sex & identity

The ‘proper’ basis for the personal identity of any given human is a hard thing to derive… if you’re limited to the tools of, say, science.  Science wonderfully (and tragically in the case of murder, hate, discrimination, etc.) describes what humans ‘do’ (human doings), but not what/who humans ‘are’ (human beings). I’d want to affirm… Continue reading sex & identity