Category Archives: Personal identity

personal observations and thoughts about identity.

Bonhoeffer: Wisdom

The Best Wisdom is recognising the cross of Jesus Christ as the insurable love of God for all people, for us as well as our enemies.   Testament of Freedom 285 Bonhoeffer wrote this in Germany during world war 2. While He saw Hitler … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Doubt and Lament

Peter Enns has written a great article about the power of doubt. In this article he talks about the dark night of the soul in how God strips from us our false knowledge of him and the idea that Christianity … Continue reading

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Gender equality

It is no secret that in the Western World there is much talk about equality between the sex’s. And indeed we should push for gender equality and accept it. However I am continually shocked that in the newspapers of today … Continue reading

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So what if my faith is a crutch….perhaps you need one too?

I have often heard others deride Christianity by saying its only a crutch to get by on. I laugh at Christians who get flustered and try and explain why its not a crutch. Well; I want to say it is … Continue reading

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Understanding the destructiveness of humankind

There is an interesting story in the Bible; that starts in the beginning. It’s a story of how an ancient race of people came to understand the world they lived in. Some take the story to be literally true and … Continue reading

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Is our modern concept of church leadership rooted in “Idolatry “

Brian Thorp is reviewing The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God. In his reading of this book Brian draws out some of the authors points in thinking through  2nd Corinthians and makes the point that it is … Continue reading

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It’s God’s kingdom….not ours.

I get increasingly frustrated at the level of work and rewards theology that is increasing within the western world. In Australia one such theology is much propagated about how God is blessing our nation because of what the Light Horsemen did in … Continue reading

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The pain of radical grace

There is a difference between knowing about the God of the Bible and having encountered the God of the Bible. There is a difference between knowing about the Jesus in the Bible and meeting the Jesus of the Bible. And … Continue reading

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Do I dare tell my church I don’t have faith and ask them to have faith for me?

One of the deep areas of concern I have for the modern church is its deep emphasis on personal faith. Whilst I admit faith is an important subject, it is also important that we don’t bypass faith within the collective community. … Continue reading

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The Trinity is reflected within the community and not specifically within the marriage.

Sarah made a great comment on my  A real victory for who….if we do or don’t allow gay marriage article. The gender complimentarity of marriage, metaphors relating to the trinity and Christ’s love for us I urge you to follow the … Continue reading

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