The Quest for Personal Transformation

I have been meditating on transformation and change beyond conversion. Many new religious movements speak of the quest for personal transformation. What does the Jesus movement have to say? Here are a few ancient sayings I am sitting with: And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, youContinue reading “The Quest for Personal Transformation”

Calvinist Romance

I came across this via TulipGirl and had to laugh. For the uninitiated, the TULIP in TulipGirl has nothing to do with flowers but everything to do with the five points of Calvinism: Total Depravity. Sin has affected all parts of man. The heart, emotions, will, mind, and body are all affected by sin. We are completelyContinue reading “Calvinist Romance”

Christian transformation has multiple dimensions

When we talk about life transformation or salvation, what do we mean? What does it encompass? Here are a few thoughts from Bryan Myers via Wilderness Wonderings: A lost soul needs to be transformed into a saved soul. A dying body needs to be transformed into a nourished body. A sick body needs to be transformedContinue reading “Christian transformation has multiple dimensions”

The Gospel begins with the Resurrection

With all the recent conversation I’ve been having with different people about Reformed theology, missional theology, emergent theology and just what do each of us mean by loaded terms like “the gospel”, I thought it was worth spending some more time talking about what I understand as “the gospel”. Well, first and foremost, it’s theContinue reading “The Gospel begins with the Resurrection”

Faith and Theology

I thought I’d quote myself from elsewhere: We are not saved by theology We are saved by Theos. Note: Theos (Θεός) is the Greek word for “God” used in the New Testament. Logos (λόγος) is the Greek word for “rational discourse”, “knowledge” and “study” amongst other things, and in English is the root word forContinue reading “Faith and Theology”

Palingenesis: to be reborn

A movie I was watching the other day mentioned palingenesis in reference to alchemy. Essentially it means born again. It has got me thinking on how this may be used in conversations with contemporary alchemists in explaining the resurrection and its life implications. Now I recognise my Christian readers may be under the impression thatContinue reading “Palingenesis: to be reborn”