Church

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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Enclave Theology and Social Identity

Mike Bird has a brief piece over here on the prevalence of Enclave Theology: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/euangelion/2014/10/enclave-theology/ which relates back to the previous post on how labels are used in scholarship. He quotes from George Hunsinger By ‘enclave’ theology, I mean a theology based narrowly in a single tradition that seeks not…

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