The Divine Dance of Glory

Graham Cole has this to say about the glory of God in the Trinity: “In his famous high priestly prayer of John 17 Jesus prays to the Father, ‘I have brought you glory on earth’ (v 4), and, ‘Father, glorify…

Imagination and Conceivability

I came across this fascinating little footnote in Graham Cole’s ‘God the Peacemaker‘ book. He wrote: “In my view, imagination (at least in part) has to do with our ability to form a mental picture. Conceivability, on the other hand,…

Shalom and Sacrifice

In my last post, I briefly referred to Graham Cole’s book ‘God the Peacemaker – How atonement brings shalom‘. This is a marvellous book which is filled with gemstones worth quoting. I plan to share a few over time but…

Pontius Pilate in the Creed

“Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.” As I write, it’s a few days before Palm Sunday. The start of what Christians often term ‘Holy week’. Each year, Pontius Pilate comes to the fore, as we read and…

Easter 25

Today marks 24 years since I began here at St Stephen’s Bellevue Hill in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. I’m very thankful to our God and Heavenly Father for his mercy and grace in upholding me through that time. It…

The Faithfulness of God

“Genesis 15 packs a remarkable punch for us: God himself is willing to suffer the curse of the covenant.” (Davis, ‘Faith of our Father’, p 65) I came across this marvellous line by Dale Davis when I was preaching on…

Bird Reviews

So after posting my short review on Michael Bird’s ‘Evangelical Theology’ 2nd Edition, I had a quick glance at some reviews. Well, suffice to say that Bird would need to have a hippo’s thick skin if he was going to…

Evangelical Theology

One of the biggest frustrations that I had when I studied Theology back in the late 80s and early 1990s, was finding material for preparing essays on Doctrine and Theology. There were a number of books and systematic theologies around…