The Christian twechodome is rife with reports of Rob Bell’s finally coming out as a universalist. I’m not sure. Here’s the promo video for his latest book, about which the controversy orbits: It’s a good promo video – raise the controversial question, hold off on the answer, let it hang. It’s the growtivational thing to [...]
Archive for February, 2011
Sometimes only satire can make a point.
Josh Skeat has been running a series of articles on Fresh Expressions. In his latest he engages with Bruce Kaye engaging with a book which critiques Fresh Expressions as encapsulating the worst of the so-called “Homogeneous Unit Principle.” Fresh Expressions are conflated with sodalities that cannot encapsulate the healthy breadth of a modality (such as Parish). [...]
Discovery has just launched for the last time. I’m a space exploration tragic from way back. What is also tragic is that thirty years after it first flew the Space Shuttle is still the most advanced manned space transport the world has got – and it’s just about to finish. They’ll always be pragmatic arguments [...]
A thoughtful piece at the Anglican Communion Institute by Dr. Philip Turner. He reflects my views in that he takes the breakdown of the Anglican Communion as a given. He also reflects my view that it is the revisionists who have done better, rhetorically, to couch their argument in terms of “gospel” (albeit a false [...]
I used to think it was my own little heresy – that the gospel was all about the Lordship of Christ and the fulfillment of his Kingdom here on earth when he returns, more than any possibility of being raptured into an ethereal eternity. My “heresy” has found a harbour. Tom Wright’s Surprised by Hope unpacks an [...]
An interesting snippet in a Guardian article talking about American evangelicals increasingly taking on some Jewish customs and liturgies including, in a wedding, “the joint signing of a document called a ketubah.” Here is another insight into the mind of this philosemitic bride. ‘”We wanted a permanent reminder of the covenant we made with God,” [...]
I was already thinking about this topic when a piece by David Marr in the Sydney Morning Herald (sub-headed “Australia’s religious organisations fight for the right to discriminate”) did the rounds of twitter, as did the news that the new Baillieu government in Victoria is going to reduce some of the anti-discrimination compliance burden on [...]
Michael Jensen argues for “holding back” on the authorisation of Lay Presidency in the Diocese of Sydney. Theologically, he agrees with lay presidency. His call for restraint is based on practicalities, relationship and general good form. I agree with him.