Reading notes: ‘Holiness’ by J C Ryle – chapters 9 and 10

I’m going to cut to the meat of this – I found this book at times hard, and at times challenging. Sometimes, it felt like the author was just pounding away at my heart. And at others, he was banging at my head. But, if I were to speak about the chapters which tugged at … More Reading notes: ‘Holiness’ by J C Ryle – chapters 9 and 10

Orlando 7-ways

Travelogues are a dime in a dozen nowadays, so here’s our take on our recent short trip to Orlando, Florida. I have been to Orlando 5 times for studies at RTS but hadn’t even begun to scratch the surface of the sights and sounds available for exploration in this part of the US. So in … More Orlando 7-ways

Theological confection 1.2: God speaks and by speaking creates

‘God speaks and by speaking creates.’  Dietrich Bonhoeffer I am reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theological exposition of Genesis 1-3, entitled ‘Creation and Fall’ and I am captivated by the economic expression of God and His work of creation. In reflecting on God’s creative act in speaking words in Genesis 1:3, (‘And God said: Let there be … More Theological confection 1.2: God speaks and by speaking creates

Reading Notes: The Apostolic Church: Which is it? by Thomas Witherow

This is an accessible apology for the Presbyterian version of church polity. As a member of a non-denominational church, one which Witherow might have labelled ‘Independent’, this short book was deftly argued, but seemed to me to bring home the argument in a rather strong-armed manner towards the end. It is, as it were, preaching … More Reading Notes: The Apostolic Church: Which is it? by Thomas Witherow

Theological Confection 1.1 – Jesus Christ: humble before God, humiliated by humanity.

In reading Andrew Murray’s ‘Humility: The beauty of holiness‘ I came across a peculiar thought which I am still testing in my heart and mind. In acknowledging and accepting our creatureliness before the Creator, humanity humbles itself before the Almighty. There is no shame in this humility – there is a proper relationship between Creator … More Theological Confection 1.1 – Jesus Christ: humble before God, humiliated by humanity.

Reading Notes: Divided by Faith, by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith

This book was quite a technical read, but it helped explain some of the ways in which I view ethnicities and races in society. Focusing on the American white evangelical population, the authors introduced to me the concept of ‘racialised society’ – ‘a society wherein race matters profoundly for differences in life experiences, life opportunities, … More Reading Notes: Divided by Faith, by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith

Reading Notes: How Jesus Runs the Church, chapter 4-5

These last two chapters I have put together, because frankly I’m running out of time and running out of steam, reading coursebooks for three subjects. Dr Waters deals with the Offices of the Church and the Courts of the Church in these two chapters. Both are certainly worth more time and space but I will only put … More Reading Notes: How Jesus Runs the Church, chapter 4-5