Isaac and Ishmael in Galatians 4

Following on from a fascinating facebook discussion, I thought it useful to revisit this interesting little subject. What exactly is going on here? Galatians 4:21-31 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by […]

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Getting Jesus Right - Letter in the smh

There's been an ongoing debate in the smh about Jesus and homosexual behaviour, generated by the story of a Christian school and a self-identifying gay student. As always, good points are made but the usual cliché, “Jesus said nothing about homosexuality”, was aired a few times. Here's my published response,   Interpreting the Gospel truth There […]

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“I have never read the Bible in that way”

I think possibly the most frustrating thing about current discussions within the church on various theological matters is the utter chutzpah that revisionists have when talking about how they “read” the Bible. Now, maybe I belong to an arcane era of education but when I was growing up reading was about comprehension – ie understanding […]

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entirely forgiveable out-of-context proof-texting

This from Quaerentia   Today, I’m going to steal a post from the incomparable Futility Closet (an ever-present source of amusement, irrelevance and, yes, futility). As he was visiting his parishioners one Saturday afternoon, a new pastor stopped at one house and found that no one answered the door. It was clear that someone was […]

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The Angel of the LORD - the pre-incarnate Christ

Sunday's sermon at Neutral Bay Anglican on Jude 1-13 raised, once again, the issue of the presence of the Second Person of the Trinity in the Old Testament. In particular Jude makes the striking claim that… Jude 1:5 … the Lord [Jesus] delivered his people out of Egypt… A quite remarkable statement, but one which […]

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