Tag Theology

Christian Theologian 101: Beware Ambition

There is a wonderful but oft overlooked verse in 1 Thessalonians. Paul writes, “Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs” (1 Thessalonians 4:11). But our day and...

Christian Theologian 101: Intellectual Lust

Earlier this year I began a series of posts for those engaged in theological studies, particularly students. The first post argued that the goal of any theological pursuit must always...

Fridays With Fred: Studying Theology

Friedrich Nietzsche made no secret of his disdain for the Christian faith. Thus, it’s unsurprising that he also loathed theologians. In his own day, he saw them as a modern...

Christian Theologian 101: Humility

Two weeks back I began what I hope will be a series of short exhortations, addressing those engaged in theological training. Though my target audience for these posts are theological...

On Trinitarian Analogies: How God is Like an Atom

Starting late last year I ran a short series of articles on the doctrine of the Trinity. My aim was to demonstrate the value of deep and rich theology for...

Christian Theologian 101: Pursue Character

Most undergraduate degrees in theology kick-off with a kind of Systematics 101. These are invaluable, serving to introduce budding young theologians and future gospel workers to systematic theology, making them...

The Significance Of Father, Son, And Spirit Sharing The "Same Substance"

Last year I started a series of short posts on the doctrine of the Trinity. These grew out of teaching I did for my local church, on the Westminster Shorter...

Practical Implications Of God's Oneness And Threeness

A few weeks back I started what I hope will be a short series on the Trinity. In writing, there is no shortage of material regarding God as Trinity. But...

What Trinitarian Analogies Teach Us About Ourselves

At Hope City Presbyterian we’re teaching through the Westminster Shorter Catechism (WSC). Earlier this year I taught questions 5-6, on the Trinity. Starting here, I hope to develop my teaching...

3 Marks Of Christian Maturity From Hebrews 5

As a father, I spend a lot of time with a four year old. And I’ve remarked to many that he talks a lot about growing up. He often refers...

"Church at Home": A Conclusion

With this post I intend to round off my writing on “church at home”. My hope is that those who’ve engaged with me and these articles will continue to reflect...

Doodle: Blogs, Theology, and Woolworths

There are hundreds of thousands of Christian blogs out there, reflecting the wonderfully broad spectrum of our faith; you are reading one of those right now. With the advent of...

Some Dangers of Theological Study

I applied myself more than usual, and had an article posted at IX Marks challenging pastors who have a low evaluation of theological study and highlighting the importance of systematic theology...

More from Robert Alter: Theological Observations

I recently posted some gleanings from The Art of Biblical narrative by Robert Alter, highlighting his convincing exhibition of a literary approach to Old Testament narratives and a selection of...

Redeeming Origen: The Godly Heretic

If you know anything about Origen, then chances are that it’s one of two things: he emasculated himself in striving for sexual purity, and his theology undergirds Rob Bell’s universalistic...

Clarity

Graham has recently done some thinking on clarity so I wanted to write to clarify my views, not so much for the reader but for my own sake. My major...

Review: Five Books From 2013

In my last year of high school, for final assessment, I was summoned for external moderation on my English portfolio. Back then we had to list five books we had...

On fear and Christian faithfulness

While helping a friend prepare for one of their exams last week, I found myself getting rather frustrated with the portrayal of views the lecturer clearly disagreed with. Their understanding...

The Trinity: Unity, Community & Equality

One of the most striking truths about the Christian God is that in him there is both unity and community. The formula we use is “one God, three persons, co-equal...

Fools and Firebrands (The Ethics of Deceit in Gameplay)

From lying in a game of Survivor in front of millions of viewers in order to win the million dollars, to a dummy pass in rugby for a clear run...

The Spirit, Marriage and Adoption

To many of us "Spirit" is a colourless and vague word. The Holy Spirit is a faceless enigma beyond the grasp of our understanding. Yet, He - not "it" -...

Theology in History

I wanted to make the title, "God is History" but that doesn't work practically as well as "Theology is History". Of course, "Theology is History" doesn't have quite the same...

Rob Bell and the Doctrines of Grace

... The Doctrines of Grace are not the battleground of recent days though. Rob Bell has brought live heresy into the fray of doctrinal controversy. Never one to avoid such...