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Showing posts from February, 2012

Majoring on the majors

At our local church the pastor has been preaching his way thematically through the Gospel of Matthew and just recently touched on some verses that sparked an idea for a post. While he didn't spend a lot of time on the Transfiguration, somehow, as he was speaking about this and directing our thoughts forward to the Great Commission, this idea came to mind. I'd like to believe it was prompted by the Holy Spirit.
For me, one of the most significant things about the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8) as Jesus is standing, talking together with Moses and Elijah is God's voice from the shining cloud, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" Peter had just expressed how great it would be to enshrine these three most notable biblical characters on the mountain and it was at that moment that God spoke those immortal words. We are left with the thought of, listen to Jesus! It's always possible to build religious systems on our feeble, eart…

More Recent Developments

One of the most troubling developments of recent times is the fact that younger people who have grown up in a secular egalitarian culture have not, it would appear, examined the theological ramifications of the egalitarian position. This often means that when they are confronted with the passionate, persuasive and seemingly more godly arguments against egalitarianism, usually by hardline complementarians, they more readily embrace hierarchy and consequently male headship.
If the argument is emphatic that egalitarianism is purely secular, or a result of feminist influences within the church that will unhealthily 'feminise' christianity then it seems a good thing for them to oppose it. Add to this the thought that to question apparent biblically defined male/female roles within the church will lead to open acceptance of homosexuality. These are very emotive claims and it can seem that to resist such 'feminisation' and 'worldly influences' is a more godly way to …