Category: theology

A (sort of) Book Review: “Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul?”

I just recently picked up J.R. Daniel Kirk’s Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?” A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011). Given my usual reading habits, I usually require a long time to get through a book, as… Continue Reading “A (sort of) Book Review: “Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul?””

Scot McKnight on Atonement

This video is worth a watch. It’s a tad lengthy, but hang in there, it’s a very good run down of the tensions in penal substitution. This comes from What did Jesus do?: the Atonement Symposium. See more videos from that symposium here.

Scot McKnight, “Did Jesus Preach the Gospel?”

If you enjoy this, or just want to get more insight, Scot McKnight’s book The King Jesus Gospel expounds this discussion further.

N.T. Wright defines “the Gospel”

Gregory of Nyssa on Baptism

For as the child new-born is free from accusations and from penalties, so too the child of regeneration has nothing for which to answer, being released by royal bounty from accountability. And this gift it is not the water that bestows (for in that… Continue Reading “Gregory of Nyssa on Baptism”

Lamb of God?

For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed… 1 Corinthians 5:7 This Friday I’m bringing the Good Friday sermon in a joint service of Sparta, New Sarum & Centre Street Baptist Churches (10:30 @ New Sarum Baptist). I’m battling with it though. I chose… Continue Reading “Lamb of God?”

Normative Baptism in the Early Church

I came across this inscription quoted in a blog post suggesting infant baptism was normative in the early church: To the sacred dead. Florentius made this monument to his worthy son Appronianus, who lived one year, nine months, and five days. Since he was… Continue Reading “Normative Baptism in the Early Church”

THE WORD BECAME FLESH: A Sermon by St John of Kronstadt on the Nativity of Christ

The Word became flesh; that is, the Son of God, co-eternal with God the Father and with the Holy Spirit, became human – having become incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. O, wondrous, awesome and salvific mystery! The One Who had… Continue Reading “THE WORD BECAME FLESH: A Sermon by St John of Kronstadt on the Nativity of Christ”

Is Christmas your Salvation?

I was preaching this past Sunday- Joy on the advent preaching schedule. I chose to look at the annunciation to the Shepherds- specifically focusing on the angelic proclamation ” I bring you good news of great joy” (Luke 2:10). The Greek “εὐαγγελίζομαι ὑμῖν χαρὰν μεγάλην”… Continue Reading “Is Christmas your Salvation?”

John of Damascus, a Credobaptist?

“The baptism then into Christ means that believers are baptized into Him. We could not believe in Christ if we were not taught confession in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… And He laid on us the command to be born again of water and of the… Continue Reading “John of Damascus, a Credobaptist?”