Different ways to do theology and deal with challenges

One further thought on why you get differences and arguments between theologians that leave lots of on-lookers thinking things like Continue reading

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What is the point of a theological argument? (Updated)

A week or so ago, I mentioned some of the challenges relating to theological debate, discussion and disagreement. One challenge I mentioned was this:

“We want to be careful to give matters their proper importance

There are two things to watch out for here. First of all, we need to carefully identify which issues are essential to Christian faith and which are not.  There are some matters that if we get them wrong, we undermine the Gospel. There are other areas that are still a matter of discussion and debate between Christians. Continue reading

6 more ways you can help and encourage urban mission

I’ve recently shared two articles about how churches and individuals can partner with and support urban mission in the UK.

The latest article talks about how we have been trying to encourage urban mission and church planting in our area and the previous puts forward two suggestions, one for churches and one for individuals.  The idea for “individuals” is something anyone could start doing now. The idea for churches is something that many of us might find a little beyond us at the moment.  So here are some further small step ideas. Continue reading

Are you on the same field of play?

Mike Ovey used to draw a triangle on the whiteboard, he would label each side as follows:  No denial of unity, no denial of distinction, no denial of unity. Stray over any of the lines and you are outside of the “field of play” when you come to the Trinitarian orthodoxy.

David Peterson used to do something similar when it came to  the question of male amd female leadership roles to take account of those passages that talk in terms of male elders and women not exercising teaching authority over men (1 Tim 2-3) and those that clearly show women speaking and being involved in leadership (1 Cor 11, Romans 16).  He explained that within the boundaries is the field of play, space for discussion and learning from one another.  Continue reading

Paul’s “Women Problem” and #churchtoo (part 4)

So now we are ready to look at 1 Timothy 2:15 itself. We should be familiar with the text by now:

15 But women will be saved through childbearing, assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.

What does the verse mean?  The meaning of the verse depends upon how we understand three key words, “saved,” “through” and “childbearing.” Continue reading

Paul’s “Women Problem” and #Churchtoo (Part 3)

We are continuing to look at 1 Timothy 2:15

“15 But women will be saved through childbearing,[c] assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.”

We have seen that we need to think about the text in its wider context and first of all, we have done this by looking at Paul’s theology. Now we can look at the verse in the context of the Bible passage it is part of.

What is happening here?

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Paul’s “Women Problem” and #churchtoo (Part 2)

The question we started to answer was this: “What do we do with 1 Timothy 2:15? How does it fit with Paul’s theology?”

1 Timothy 2:15 says:

15 But women will be saved through childbearing,  assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty

To answer the question, we really need to answer 3 questions.

  1. What is Paul’s overall Theology?
  2. What exactly is Paul saying in 1 Timothy 2? How does verse 15 fit into the context?
  3. What exactly does 1 Timothy 2:15 mean?

In this article we are going to look at Paul’s theology. Continue reading