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Where is Jesus in the Old Testament?

Marc Taylor In terms of point #9, “one like a son of Man” also applies to the Lord Jesus in Revelation 1:13. It is He that will come with the clouds of heaven (Mark 14:62; cf. Daniel 7:13). I think Genesis 48:... (11 March, 2020 - 14:30)

The ancient narrative in which we are surprised to find ourselves

Andrew replied to Shuggy Have a look at the link that Phil shared. I feel the point is not so much whether I hold the same beliefs but how the beliefs are oriented or organised. I think that the “beliefs” need to be plotted... (10 March, 2020 - 22:22)
Phil L. replied to Shuggy Hey Shuggy, I don’t know if this helps or not, but there’s an older post where Andrew took a shot at writing a narrative-historical version of a creed: https://www.postost.net/2011/10/... (10 March, 2020 - 17:57)
Shuggy Andrew, can you state your core christian beliefs or your own “creed”? Clearly you diverge on the meaning of the parousia, but what about other traditional statements of the mainstream churches? Do... (10 March, 2020 - 16:39)
James Mercer replied to Andrew Thank you Andrew for your generous critique. ‘Authentically human’ was possibly an overworking of John 10.10 and ‘life in all its fullness’. In retrospect it does read as being somewhat arrogant. To... (6 March, 2020 - 18:44)
Andrew James, I think this is marvellous. It hangs together well as a comprehensive storyline, and it’s very nicely written. I love the Purbeck backdrop—must get down there and do the coastal walk this... (6 March, 2020 - 16:54)
Phil L. You know what, James? I love this. Probably everyone on this site could chime in with, “I would have said something about this” or “I don’t think that was necessary” or “This line isn’t... (6 March, 2020 - 11:33)
James Mercer replied to Phil L. Thank you Phil for your generous encouragement. (6 March, 2020 - 11:33)

How, why and when to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling

Sarah I have often wondered about that scripture. This is really helpful. thank you (8 March, 2020 - 11:55)
Andrew replied to Daniel Pritchard The verb is used for a number of practical activities: constructing the place of God’s dwelling (Exod. 15:17; 35:33; 39:1; 1 Kgs. 6:36; Jos. Ant. 4:200; Philo, Plant. 47, 50, 53), the production of... (5 March, 2020 - 21:11)
Daniel Pritchard Hi Andrew, thanks for this post… do you have any thoughts about the use of katergazesthe in reference to cultivation of land? I have heard that it has been used in relation to mining, as in ‘... (5 March, 2020 - 18:34)
Phil L. replied to Alex I have wondered that same thing about the “submit to the government” sentiments. (5 March, 2020 - 14:59)
Alex Standing firm, being of one mind, counting others better than themselves, resolving disagreements, being blameless and innocent, and so on—these ethical actions are not the practical outworking of an... (5 March, 2020 - 02:05)

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so?

Andrew replied to Alex It appears that Christendom is alive and kicking in Russia, at least. (3 March, 2020 - 17:34)
Phil L. replied to James J Mercer I only remembered it because I ask that very same question a lot! :) Not trying to shut down discussion, though. I think it’s a vital question that not everyone will answer the same way. (2 March, 2020 - 23:22)
Andrew replied to Alex I think perhaps ISIS saw its mission, almost in apocalyptic terms, as an invasion to conquer Rome and assimilate Christendom into the Caliphate. But I would have thought that the high tide of Islam’s... (2 March, 2020 - 23:04)
James J Mercer replied to Phil L. Thanks Phil. I’d forgotten that link. James (2 March, 2020 - 17:05)
Phil L. replied to James Mercer Have you read the 3 part series, starting: https://www.postost.net/2012/06/narrative-historical-reading-new-testament-whats-it-me-part-1 (2 March, 2020 - 14:45)
James Mercer Thank you for this Andrew. With some trepidation, as of next week I am offering a three session Lent course, in two Dorset villages, attempting a narrative gallop through the bible. When I explored... (2 March, 2020 - 07:58)
Alex Andrew, I realize this is a sensistive topic but your writing often gets me thinking about the similarities between the ascendancy of Christianity in the pagan Roman world long ago and the potential... (29 February, 2020 - 19:59)
Andrew replied to Samuel Conner It is indeed an important question to ask. I don’t think that the writers of the New Testament thought that they were presenting “a paradigm of what a renewed… humanity” would look like in any... (28 February, 2020 - 22:43)
Samuel Conner This is challenging, thought-provoking, and (perhaps a bit grudgingly) helpful. Can one validly argue that in the NT narrative of “Jesus and the historical churches”, we do see evidence of a paradigm... (28 February, 2020 - 17:55)

Talking Jesus: problems with the modern evangelistic paradigm

Marc Taylor In addition to Revelation 1:5 thee are a number of passages that speak of the love of the Lord Jesus to the Christian community (John 14:21; Romans 8:35; 2 Corinthians 5:14; Ephesians 3:19; 5:25 and... (25 February, 2020 - 20:55)
Caleb There’s at least one reference to the love of Jesus that you seemed to have missed: “…the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). (25 February, 2020 - 18:01)

Why Romans 8 should not make you a Calvinist

peter wilkinson replied to Andrew Yes, I agree that verses 28-30 are a series of statements about what God does. The question of whether they are declaring a guarantee of the believers’ final perseverance depends on the kind of logic... (20 February, 2020 - 19:37)
Phil L. replied to Andrew Ok, that makes sense. Thanks. I guess I was thinking of an early believer’s faith that God would produce the political outcome of the kingdom. Jesus preached the arrival of this kingdom and... (20 February, 2020 - 19:03)
Andrew replied to Phil L. That seems to be putting the cart before the horse. The faith of the early believers was in the fact that Jesus had been raised from the dead and seated at the right hand of God, with all the... (20 February, 2020 - 18:46)
Andrew replied to peter wilkinson I don’t think that Paul is addressing the question of the perseverance of the persecuted saints. The emphasis is on God: God has chosen, God justifies, the Spirit intercedes, Christ intercedes with... (20 February, 2020 - 18:31)
Phil L. replied to Andrew Do you think there may be a sense that the resurrection of Jesus provides a certain amount of present vindication of the faith of the early believers? In other words, the fact that Jesus was raised... (20 February, 2020 - 18:15)
Andrew replied to Samuel Conner The controlling idea in chapter 4 is that justification or vindication comes not through works of the Law but through faith or belief in a promised future. Abraham believed that God would give him... (20 February, 2020 - 17:55)