Sunday, November 30, 2014

The ordinary Christian as an anti-King Ozeymandus

"If individuals live only seventy years, then a state, or a nation, or a civilization, which may last for a thousand years, is more important than an individual. But if Christianity is true, then the invidual is not only more important but incomparably more important, for he is everlasting and the life of a state or a civilzation, comared with his, is only a moment." (CS Lewis, Mere Christianity, 73)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Horsham Presbyterian Church in 2015

If all goes according to plan as I finish my final Reception of Ministers (ROMC) requirements, I'll be appointed as minister of Horsham Presbyterian Church at the beginning of 2015. I began the ROMC process 3 years ago after crossing over from the Anglican Church. Amy and I are excited by the prospect of ministry in this context, and being back in Victoria, and we hope we'll glorify God and be a part of growing His Kingdom in this little country town.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Parable of the wicked tenants (aka the murder mystery)

I'm preaching on the parable of the wicked tenants this morning and presenting it as a murder mystery because of its connections to Adam's "grasping" (Philippians 2:6) in the Garden, "to be like God" (Genesis 3:5). This is a story that climaxes with the tenants desire to to kill the "beloved Son of God" and take "his inheritance." (Mark 12:7)

Anyway, the preparation reminded me of a chapter from Engaging with Keller, which John Dekker briefly reviewed here, but is still on my to read list. Apparently one of the criticisms of Keller is that his theological ideas rest too heavily on parables. Like any methodology, this approach has its dangers, but it seems to me like a useful & powerful pedagogical tool.

[Walled vineyard]