The tenderness and toughness of Jesus

It is not uncommon for people to have a very lopsided view of Jesus (and consequently God). Some see only his tenderness. Others see only his toughness. The written accounts we have though suggest Jesus was both. Tender on the downtrodden. Tough on those doing the treading. Tender on the humble. Tough on the proud.Continue reading “The tenderness and toughness of Jesus”

Jesus and the Old Testament

Below is a graphic representation of the number of times Jesus quotes the Old Testament in the New Testament. There are some interesting patterns here. Firstly, note how the the Gospel of Matthew is the most quote heavy of the four all and that there’s considerable focus on the Torah, the first five books ofContinue reading “Jesus and the Old Testament”

Reflections on Druidic Christology

In his Reflections on Druidic Christology, Rev. Alistair Bate comments that, “As an example of orthodox Christology finding its way into Druidic ceremonial I would like to consider the benediction at the end of the traditional (O.B.O.D.) ritual for Imbolc; ‘May the blessing of the Uncreated One, of the Created Word and of the Spirit thatContinue reading “Reflections on Druidic Christology”

Christocentric Prayer – James A. Fowler

Christocentric Prayer A study of the Biblical bases of prayer. ©1999 by James A. Fowler. All rights reserved. You are free to download this article provided it remains intact without alteration. You are also free to transmit this article and quote this article provided that proper citation of authorship is included. Christian people have longContinue reading “Christocentric Prayer – James A. Fowler”

Incarnational Christology – N T Wright

One God, One Lord, One People: Incarnational Christology for a Church in a Pagan Environment – N.T. Wright I. INTRODUCTION My aim in this paper is to examine a theme and context which is often marginalized but which, arguably, stands as close as any other to the heart of Paul’s theology. I refer to theContinue reading “Incarnational Christology – N T Wright”

Political divisions within the church

I have been giving a lot of consideration lately to the political divisions within the church and it has got me wondering if the Christological heresies of the past haven’t disappeared so much as taken on new guises. Conservatives show some distinct Docetic and Apollinarian tendencies at times. They can be much stronger on theContinue reading “Political divisions within the church”