Friday, October 27, 2006

Theological Index

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Children's & Youthwork Resources

Show&Tell are offering free resources for Bible centred children's and youth work.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Psalm 1 & Matthew 5-7

God-willing, I’m going to preach Psalm 1 to the good people of Emmanuel, Hastings on Sunday 29th October.

They’ve asked me to choose a NT reading and, although this is forward planning gone mad, I thought I might go for Matthew 7:13-29.

It seemed to me there are some interesting parallels between Matthew 5-7 and Psalm 1:

  • Mt 5v3ff – “Blessed…”
  • 5v17ff – “the Law” – fulfilment in Jesus
  • 7v13ff – 2 ways, righteous and wicked, leading to life or death
  • 7v15ff – trees, fruit and judgement
  • 7v24ff – Wise and foolish builders (righteous and wicked ways again), ruin or safety – depending on hearing Jesus’ words and putting them into practice

Now maybe this is parallelomania. And I’m not sure what the cash value might be.

Preaching group today seemed to think that Mt 7 would make a suitable reading but that it would be best to let it speak for itself and not try to make any links in the sermon. A bit of a shame?

Suggestions for a different NT reading that I could profitably use would be most welcome. Indeed, please email your talks on Psalm 1! I’ve been asked to produce power point slides, of all things, too. I've never before ventured beyond an OHP or a handout, so if you have any power point presentations on your memorey stick…. Though I think my more highly skilled wife is looking forward to the fun of showing me how to make my points waltz across the screen and so on. Sounds like another first dance embarrassment could ensue.

And wouldn’t it be good if we could find a catchy version of Ps 1 to sing that we might easily meditate on it all week?

Monday, October 16, 2006

Paper & ink; bread & wine

Here is Douglas Wilson comparing the fact that the Bible is nothing but paper and ink to the fact that the elements we recieve in the Lord's Supper are nothing but bread and wine, though both Bible and Supper are far more than the physical elements.

What are the conventions for footnoting blog posts, I wonder? The college will probably producing a supplamentary booklet to set out the regulations, I imagine.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Thursday, October 12, 2006

A Suitable Ordinand

Cranmer Hall apparently recommended that Nick Howard should not be ordained because of his supposed “unwillingness to listen” to other points of view. Though if these press reports are to be believed, the real offence was caused by Nick’s standing by the Bible’s teaching that homosexual sex is a sin and that Jesus is the only way to God.

The Mail on Sunday:

Michael Howard's son tells how liberal Anglicans have thwarted his ambition

By Elizabeth Day

Last updated at 22:00pm on 30th September 2006

Or likewise,

This is London – Evening Standard

Michael Howard's son tells how liberal Anglicans have thwarted his ambition | News | This is London

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From the little I know of Nick Howard, it seems to me he would be an eminently able minister and a faithful servant of the gospel. He seems to me a gentle and sensible sort. A great shame. Isn’t there some bishop somewhere who’d like to ordain him despite this report from Cranmer?

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Top Bible Command

What's the most frequently repeated commandment in the Bible?

"Do not be afraid!"

(Tom Wright, Matthew For Everyone, p118)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

A theological put down


as in "Karl Barth's exegesis is".

Oak Hill Blogs

Welcome to Daniel Roe -

And have you seen?

Dave Williams -

Helen Morrow -

Rachel Warwick, a former member of staff at Oak Hill, has a blog entitled Not "where next?" but "where now?" at:

Here’s a list of all the vaguely Oak Hill related more or less used blogs I’ve spotted:

Revd Dr David Field -

Ros Clark – I have a question -

Revd Matthew Mason – Mother Kirk -

Revd James Oakley

Celal Baker

Mandy Curley – Safety Girl -

Chris Thomson -

Tim Gough -

Paul Kerry – Freedom is Coming -

Pete Matthew – Big Pete -

Andrew Towner - Towner's Thoughts -

Dawn Evans -

Pete Jackson -

Dan Green -

Nick Cornell -

Ruth Field -

Revd Chris Green -

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Psalms & Covenant Festivity

My jottings on a Psalms lecture handout alledge that Artur Weiser argued that the Psalms were used in the Autumn / New Year covenant festival of the LORD.

I wonder if this might fit happily with the view that we should use the Psalms rather more in the Lord's Day service of covenantal renewal?