Thursday, September 07, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
“Well if there is no hell then I am just going out tomorrow and partying and chasing all the women I can,” he said. “If there is no hell I am not going to deny myself things that I want.” “Do you realize the full extent of what you just said?” I asked.
...Is your God a terrorist your relationship with whom is built solely on threats of torture? Or is your relationship with Him based on love?
Friday, August 18, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Some time within the next two weeks I am planning to review "Gregory MacDonald's" new book, The Evangelical Universalist. I will also be interviewing Gregory and he has given me his assurance that I can make my questions as tough as possible. (Feel free to suggest questions for me to put to him.) Thinking about the interview (which I'm really looking forward to) got me thinking about other books on Universalism that I've read and how I would rate them. For anyone who's interested, they would include:Read more...
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Heresy is a powerful word. It has often been used to make severe condemnations of those who lead others astray – possibly to their eternal destruction. So is it not startling to find a group of Christians who ‘embrace the responsibility of taking the heretical imperative’? Maybe. But if we look back through history we find that the accusation of heresy was made against many Christian leaders – most notably against Jesus himself, who made it clear that to speak out God’s truth you must sometimes refute what is taught by those who regard themselves as guardians of orthodoxy. ...Simplistically summarised, the heretical imperative is: To choose to seek God in Christ and to discover His Truth in a pluralistic, secular and materialistic world, being unafraid to listen or to ask awkward questions, of others and ourselves, as part of the quest.'Being unafraid to listen or to ask awkward questions, of others and ourselves.' Damn right! Mark quotes Steve Hollinghurst as saying:
'...it has been said that Mission is always connected to the 'heretical imperative' not I think meaning some abandonment of all that has been 'Christian' but rather a realization that mission always calls us to the new, not in opposition to the old, but out of it, out of it's trajectory if you like, but forward into the 'heretical' because it has not been orthodox before.'Amen. Rather than fear or oppose this, I can't see how we should be doing anything but embracing it. Read the whole post... Hi. My name is Graham Old. I am a heretic.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
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Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Before I carry on with David Augsburger's Dissident Discipleship (yes, I am still plodding/blogging through the excellent book on Anabaptist spirituality), I thought I'd see what you all think of Kevin Beck's proposal for what he is calling "Agapetheism". (For you heresy-hunters out there, I'm not - at this point - interested in discussing any other aspects of Kevin's theology.) Here's the gist:Read more...
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Computer games don't affect kids. I mean if Pacman affected our generation, we'd all run around in a dark room munching pills and listening to repetitive music.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Saturday, July 08, 2006
What else should I be All apologies What else should I say Everyone is gay What else should I write I dont have the right What else should I be All apologies
All Apologies, Nirvana
Friday, July 07, 2006
'It deserves mentioning that the practice of female priests began only thirty years ago as a result of the women’s liberation movement.'Hmmm... I really must be reading all the wrong books!
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
"To me, the absolute center of Christianity is embodied love. In my reading of the Bible and in my experience, that's it...hook, line, and sinker. In Genesis it is God's love embodied in Creation, with every part dependent on every other part for perfect function. When human beings couldn't seem to keep their part of the harmony going, God embodied love more specifically in human form, in the person of Jesus. Jesus thus becomes both the embodiment and the revelation of God's love. Christians consider themselves to be the Body of Christ...those who try to continue to embody God's love in and for the world. If it is not done in love, it is a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. It matters even more than faith, Paul says. When Jesus is asked in Luke 10 what must be done to inherit eternal life, the answer is to love. Love is at the center of Creation, because God is love. Embodied love is at the heart of Christianity because that's who Jesus is." (Anne Robertson)Ooh, I like that!
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Since Shaun resurrected my piece on Revolutionary Generosity, it has received a bit of renewed attention by different bloggers. Unfortunately, it's still being treated as an argument against tithing (or, worse, giving in general), rather than a celebration of Jubilee. Nevertheless, I'm sure it's helpful for us all to think through the issues involved. It's certainly been helpful for me to follow the predominantly negative comments left by different readers.
However, I've been surprised how often the story of the Widow's Mite has come up [i]in opposition[/i] to what I wrote. At first I was baffled because I don't think the point of that story is that the Widow tithed! (Clearly, if anything, she is giving more in line with the kind of thing that I was advocating.) However, I then realised that the story was being used to argue against my statement that tithing is unjust because it privileges the rich and asks too much from the poor. In that case, I think the widows mite is a great passage to invoke as the whole story is about the extortion of the poor to privilege the powerful.Read more...
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Jesus is a safe place from the hurricane of God's holy and just wrath . . . (John Piper, quoted favourably by Warnock)Anyway, the point of this post was not to get into that debate but to caution over how the debate is framed. Specifically, I was aghast to see Adrian commenting on Phil Johnson's blog and implying that if you reject the doctrine of penal substitution then you reject the gospel and are thus going to hell.
I found myself too affected by the thought that some of those commentators may be deceiving themselves into thinking they are Christians and all the time drifting to hell on a river called "good intentions". ...For some of my commentators, who knows their eternal destiny might hang in the balance - for what is more important than our understanding of the gospel?:-o Am I missing something? Are we seriously implying that 'our understanding of the gospel' equates to an adherence to one particular doctrine of the atonement? And are we really now suggesting that if you don't buy into a particular doctrine of the atonement then your eternal destiny is in danger? God help us! Read more...
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
The term goes back to Henry Drummond, a 19th century evangelical lecturer, from his Lowell Lectures on the Ascent of Man. He chastises those Christians who point to the things that science can not yet explain – "gaps which they will fill up with God" – and urges them to embrace all nature as God's, as the work of "... an immanent God, which is the God of Evolution, is infinitely grander than the occasional wonder-worker, who is the God of an old theology." [source]Such reasoning seems to be less popular nowadays (as we run out of gaps!), but it still exists. However, what is not so rare is a "devil of the gaps" belief. I've heard Christians claim that both David Blaine and Derren Brown were using Satanic power. Why? Well, how else do they do it?! (It seems to me that there is something inherently arrogant about such claims. What it boils down to is the assumption that if I can't explain it then there cannot be any earthly explanation.) Anyway, that's all a precursor to saying that on Sunday night, I saw a 5-year old boy focus his mind and manage to make himself too heavy for two grown men to lift.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Serenity with tenacity is the heart of anabaptist spiritual devotion. It unites the passive "not my will but yours with the active "Thy will be done on earth." (P. 88.)Chapter 3 of David Augsburger's Dissident Discipleship has to be one of the simplest. Yet, it may have been the chapter more than any other (apart from the intro) that had me umming and arring in agreement all the way through. On re-reads, I found it to be even more profound - especially in its implications - than I had originally thougt. Read more...
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
I can't help it; I have a one-track mind. Everywhere I turn it's the same. It doesn't matter if I'm with Ruth or Mary, or even Paul - it's all I can think about!Read more...
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
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Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
A few years ago, Lynn Paddock sought Christian advice on how to discipline her growing brood of adopted children. Paddock -- a Johnston County mother accused of murdering Sean, her 4-year-old adopted son, and beating two other adopted children -- surfed the Internet, said her attorney, Michael Reece. She found literature by an evangelical minister and his wife who recommended using plumbing supply lines to spank misbehaving children.It sends chills up my spine. Read more...
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
"We might define true community as that place where the person you least want to live with always lives" (Parker Palmer)Community as Loyalty In chapter 2, David Augsburger defines community as 'a web of stubbornly loyal relationships knotted together into a living network of persons.' However, we need to remind ourselves that it is not merely a social network of individuals, but a web 'held firm by a central strand resolutely attached to Jesus' (p. 61). As previously, Augburger contrasts mono, bi and tri-polar spiritualities in their respective approaches. (He always manages to do it graciously though. I must pay closer attention to how he pulls that off!) Monopolar spirituality tends to connect persons on the basis of a shared universiality: the solidarity of humankind. Bipolar spirituality will often connect people in the shared receptivity towards the transcendent. Or, to put it in popular terms, think of that equilateral triangle often used as an example of Christian marriage. The two bottom-corners are the two Christians and as they move closer towards the top they are moving closer towards each other.) In contrast, tri-polar spirituality 'realizes that love of God and love of neighbour become one when united in shared life together'.