Category Archives: theology

The Meaning of Christmas: Clandestine Celebration

Christmas day is a celebration, which Herod must not hear of. Christmas is a whispered celebration. I am not sure that we understand Christmas yet, we western Christians. May I try and unpack this season theologically? I begin with the seasons – please … Continue reading

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Preaching Deuteronomy missionally: An eight week series.

Are you interested in going deeper in missional preaching? At the  ‘A Missional Reading of Scripture Conference’, Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, Nov. 2013, I presented a workshop, ‘Church for the Thriving of the World: Preaching Deuteronomy Missionally.’ This included outlining … Continue reading

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Confession renews the church for the mission of Christ

Confession of sin in corporate worship renews the church for the mission of Christ. It hardly needs stating that confession of sin in corporate worship is out of fashion in most church traditions. Yet Christ commands that we confess our … Continue reading

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Australian Refugee Policy for Dummies #5: A positive policy solution

Critiquing Government policies is easy; finding positive solutions is more difficult. Yet positive solutions to Australian asylum seeker issues have been recommended by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for years, centring on regional collaboration. The Bali Process, … Continue reading

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A new book on poverty ethics in Paul

I have a new top pick for poverty ethics in Paul: Bruce Longenecker’s, ‘Remember the Poor, Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World’ (Eerdmans, 2010). In discussions of poverty in scripture, Paul’s letters are often viewed as the weak link. Longenecker … Continue reading

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Can a Christian fall away from Christ?

A friend of mine has a buddy who seems to have fallen away from Christ. This sad event has raised the question for her: can someone fall away from Christ? I will quote my friend: My question is, if someone … Continue reading

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Why liberation theologians want us to redefine ‘sin’ and why we need to listen

Liberation theologians have persistently held before us the communal and structural dimensions of sin. Meanwhile Euro-American expressions of sin and salvation continue to emphasise individual sin and individual guilt, seemingly unimpressed by Liberation thought. Reading Miguel De La Torre’s Latina/o … Continue reading

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God’s judgement: an exclusivist outrage or the end of oppression?

God’s judgement is a stench to many westerners. Yet Christians from other cultures who know the harsh reality of conflict and oppression cry out for the judgement of God. In scripture judgement means the end of oppression and violence. Belief … Continue reading

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