November 2010 Archives

Truly on the margins

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A word to all you marathon runners, artists, cake bakers!  You think you're hard done by try having bad grammar and spelling. I'm like a leper in reformed community.... continue

Looks like a job for a taxi driver......

Article by   November 2010
I noticed this article this morning, and was particularly struck by the following quotation from an artist from an open letter apparently addressed to American churches:"An artist's relationship with you [the church] has not been easy; we are often in... continue

How churches lose the plot, Part IV

Article by   November 2010
In this final post in the series, I want to offer some brief, practical guidelines on how to help keep a church on the rails.  Each could be a post in itself, but I have no wish to try your... continue

Black Friday and capitalism

Article by   November 2010
I have been asked several times this week, "Do you celebrate Thanksgiving?" As a Brit living in America, it's not quite on the same level as, "Do you celebrate the 4th of July in Britain?" (Yes, I really have been... continue

How churches lose the plot, Part III

Article by   November 2010
In my last two posts, I have tried to suggest that the reasons for a church's decline into liberalism are not always immediately doctrinal, but can actually arise out of a culture; and, by implication, the underlying story I am... continue

The Free Church and chemistry

Article by   November 2010
With the news that the Free Church have adopted a more open position on worship the usual discussions are beginning to be had. 'Why don't you Presbyterians just get together.'  It's true that the Free Church's decision does open up... continue

Why is British dentistry actually a good thing?

Article by   November 2010
Because the Christian church in Britain will obviously never have to deal with ministries like this. ... continue

How churches lose the plot, Part II

Article by   November 2010
Yesterday, I noted how the big personality can shift the church in the wrong direction. A closely related phenomenon is that of the minister who thumbs his nose at the church's public standards of doctrine and practice, who decides that... continue

Justification Discussion at ETS

Article by   November 2010
Been following the Wright/Schreiner/Thielman exchange over justification at ETS last week in Atlanta?   Among the many good points from Tom Schreiner's criticism is the challenge to Wright's insistence on making justification an ecclesiological issue and not a soteriological one, to... continue

How churches lose the plot, Part I

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Not all historical phenomena that manifest themselves as doctrinal are necessarily immediately doctrinal in cause or origin.'  That statement, made to me by a mentor in my field of historical theology, articulates a crucial principle, a principle that came to... continue
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