Sunday, October 18, 2009

Two fine posts to distract you while I go on holidays

Firstly, it's always worth reading things by Mike Aubrey, and this little post on translation is a sample of the goodness to be found on his site.

Secondly, my wife has written a very fine piece (and more balanced than I am inclined to be) about why Christians might be vegetarians.

It's semi-official that I have no job next year.

I'm thinking of writing some posts on 1 Peter while I'm away. We'll see.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

FAQs for theological topics

Something I've been milling over, is that there are some topics I know my answers to, and I know that I have reasons for those conclusions, but my head is particularly porous when it comes to trying to hold onto those reasons, let alone have some bible passages in mind to exegete from.

Hence, I've decided to write some fact-sheet style answers, 1-2 pages, that clearly and succinctly deal with such topics. Then I'll be able to say, "I know I think this, and I have something that might help". Here is my working short-list of topics that come up every now and again:

Millenialism
Predestination
Evolution
1 Tim 2:8-15
Complementarianism and ministry
Trinity (I have a terrible time holding passages in my head to walk someone through this)
1 Peter 3:8-22

(Feel free to comment on your own such topics, perhaps they are ones that I should have on my list but have forgotten to add)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A recent sermon and other news

I recently preached at Wahroonga Presbyterian on A Kingdom of Priests (1 Peter 2). I've done a few other sermons here and there, but they haven't made their way to mp3 yet.

The week just gone I have been on an HSC Study Camp. The HSC is our state's set of final secondary school exams, and Anglican Youthworks runs camps for final year students to help them study. And then each day they have some activities including a talk from the Bible (that's my main bit) and discussion groups. It's a pretty good idea, and I had a really good week.

I'm currently looking for some work for next year. Something for those who pray to pray for.

2 weeks holiday is coming up in another week, so I will be even more absent than lately. Look forward to resuming some blogging on Chrysostom, the series on violence, and other miscellaneous topics on my return.