Church

Stereotyping: A Preacher, The Gospel, and That Wedding.

Disclaimer: I didn’t actu­al­ly watch the wed­ding, and this post isn’t on the wed­ding per-se. But I have seen the pletho­ra of respons­es to the ser­mon from the wed­ding, and this post is in rela­tion to those. It is also psych heavy—although much is Cog.Psych 101—so if you were here for…

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One of the prac­tices I keep is to always have a long term read­ing project on the go, that is less direct­ly relat­ed to my active research. I find this keeps me read­ing broad­ly and more agile in the way that I process and link con­cepts togeth­er. Over the win­ter…

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UPDATE: See end of blog post. At times find­ing quotes and ref­er­ences in stu­dent essays, and even in aca­d­e­m­ic works, can be a bit like the old gameshow Catchphrase. Although on the whole quo­ta­tions should be clear­ly ref­er­enced, and there­fore rel­a­tive­ly eas­i­ly found, there are occa­sion­al­ly those which send you…

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Book Review: ‘Jonathan Edwards and the Church’ by Rhys Bezzant

Jonathan Edwards and the Church Rhys S. Bezzant; 2014. | OUP USA | 328 pages 978–0–19–989030–9   Although Jonathan Edwards wrote and preached on an exceed­ing­ly wide vari­ety of the­o­log­i­cal sub­jects, many schol­ars declare that he did not have any inde­pen­dent eccle­si­ol­o­gy. Rather that his eccle­si­o­log­i­cal impuls­es were dri­ven by…

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Book Review: Esther and Her Elusive God

One of the many joys of hav­ing chil­dren is get­ting to expe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent aspects of your child­hood all over again, albeit in a dif­fer­ent form. I have allud­ed to some of these via the var­i­ous rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of children’s sto­ries and nurs­ery rhymes on this blog. However, giv­en my cur­rent train­ing…

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Perfection and Excellence — What do we strive for?

Perfect’ it seems has become a dirty word today, and even amongst Christian cir­cles, which I find exceed­ing­ly curi­ous. On Sunday I preached at my church (St Matt’s Prahran) on the line in the Lord’s Prayer ‘your will be done, on earth as in heav­en’, as part of our series on…

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