There is a story that Jesus tells about a farmer who goes and scatters some seed. And for various reasons the majority of seed does not grow into plants which bear fruit. Some land on rocky ground, some are eaten by animals, some get drowned by the weeds. After telling the story Jesus explains that … Continue reading God’s Word – Make Time!
I didn't discover the terms 'calvinism' or 'arminianism' until I came to university. Even now, I don't fully understand them or the nuances behind them. (A large part of me really doesn't want to understand them) I find it unhelpful to pit God's sovereignty against man's freewill. A bit like the age-old debate 'what came … Continue reading Eli’s Passivity vs Repentance
I believe this marks 3 weeks of consistent blogging! I've been aiming for posts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In light of this, and with no hopes to jinx it, I'm going to try and reintroduce Sunday Summaries. So what's been going on? 1) Men's breakfast for two! Now that COVID is beginning to calm … Continue reading Sunday Summary (22nd August 2021) – Won’t be driving for Jack Bauer anytime soon!
How much of God can we actually know? If you are anything close to my age and have been around Churches in the last 10 years, you will likely remember a song by Chris Tomlin called: Indescribable. The song worships God, not just for all His powerful acts and mighty works, but also for His … Continue reading Systematic Theology 10: The Knowability of God
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. - Deuteronomy 29:29 Whilst I was studying systematic theology last year I came across a concept that I still spend some time thinking about … Continue reading Discussion: Does God’s Hidden Will make Him Duplicitous?
I’ve been taking a course online over the last month and a bit, and I hit a bit of a wall. In the course we are taught a little about The Dark Night of the Soul, a season in life where we find very little pleasure in pursuing God’s heart. We may be reading our … Continue reading Why do I pursue God’s heart?
In-house, Christian-matters. I don’t usually agree to post Christian debate issues on my blog, because I don’t think it’s actually helpful or encouraging. In this case I will because 1) my blog’s not popular enough, 2) the debate is happening anyway, 3) I think I’m writing towards a peaceful resolution between the two sides. And … Continue reading Why I will listen to Bethel Music
The Sufficiency of Scripture means that Scripture contained all the words of God He intended His people to have at each stage of redemptive history, and that it now contains all the words of God we need for salvation, for trusting Him perfectly and for obeying Him perfectly. Throughout the Bible we see that the … Continue reading Systematic Theology 8: The Four Characteristics of Scripture (4): Sufficiency
Please find below, my notes for Systematic Theology Chapter 3: The Canon of Scripture. This chapter gives a historical account of the formation of the Bible. It starts with the story of how the Old Testament was constructed, who came up with the idea to write God’s words down. Why it didn’t stop with the … Continue reading Systematic Theology 3: The Canon of Scripture