Choose Christ or this world [Acts 11]

The pattern among the early church of evangelism was one of obedience. They were told to wait in Jerusalem. They did. They were told to then preach throughout Judea. They did. They were then told to preach to the whole world. But they started with their own people. The early disciples were Jews. They taught … Continue reading Choose Christ or this world [Acts 11]

Soterology matters.

Bruce Charlton has written that metaphysics matter. He is correct. I'd argue that salvation (soteriology) matters as much or more. There are two parts to this. The first part is that we are, by nature, fallen. We are unable to gain salvation by our own efforts. This is total and complete. We cannot come to … Continue reading Soterology matters.

The unfairness of Christ [Luke 10]

I don't watch the news on TV. I tend to look at the paper electronically -- local in the morning and the US/UK in the evening -- and skim the headlines. The two magazines I buy are weekly. For I worry enough. Now worry is not a sin, nor is wanting to serve. Martha is … Continue reading The unfairness of Christ [Luke 10]

The mob is generally against us.

When I discuss the mob, I am talking about those who are in the margins: who do not have that much work such people exist. There are always those between jobs, and in this time, when the progressives have allowed the unions to become guilds and limit their members, the rate of youth unemployment has … Continue reading The mob is generally against us.

Predestination and apostasy.

We have models of theology, or maps. But as the map is not the territory, neither is our model of God complete. As the map is carefully checked and revised to ensure that it is true and accurate (you do not want to go into the NZ forests without a topographic map and a compass … Continue reading Predestination and apostasy.

Contempt & power or love and fruitfulness?

I do not know why I took one of the most difficult parts of the bible, and one of the lectionary readings for this Sunday, as today's text. There are seven passages for today if you look at the daily readings and the lectionary. What is running through my head is how does this fit … Continue reading Contempt & power or love and fruitfulness?