Paul and Judaism – the New Perspective

I have now started the MA course in Kingdom Theology, and this was my first essay which, as predicted dropped by 10% – it seems that a 10% reduction in mark is about normal going from a post grad to an MA! In the church I think we struggle to understand Paul (now there’s an […]

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The Leadership of Jesus … an introduction

Raising of Lazarus by Giotto

Over the years, both in and out of the church, I have been subjected to a lot of “Leadership studies”. Much of it was interesting, especially the psychological material, but some of it seemed to be rather separate from the real world of trying to engage busy colleagues with a variety of “Opinions” in change […]

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What is a human?

What, according to Genesis 1, is the nature of human identity and purpose in God’s original design for creation?   I want to start my essay with a reference to a novel by C S Lewis. The character Ransom, sent from Earth to the Edenic Venus, finally meets the Adamic character referred to as “the […]

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What did Jesus think would happen after he died?

In Mark 13 one of the disciples, on seeing the temple, seems to have an excited moment and says to Jesus something like “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” Jesus replies by giving a prediction of the destruction of the temple, but then seems to muddy the waters by talking about earthquakes  famines, wars […]

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Penal Substitution

Beccafumi Crucifixion and trinity Trinity (detail) 1513 – is this how you see the crucifixion? I am doing a part time theology post-grad course which, naturally enough, has led to having to write essays. I haven’t always found that this comes naturally to a scientist who now does what I loosely call “Programming”…

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