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