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Von Balthazar  

The essay raises such issues as; the separation of theology and spirituality, the centrality of the Trinity, how real is evil, structures will alway be unjust, Christ becomes sin, ecclesiology is shaped by Mary, the aesthetics of beauty contradict our Western understanding of beauty.

 

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A Fishy Story  

Modern readers of the story of Jonah focus so much on the big fish that they fail to be amazed at the big God who is the prime-mover in the story. Here is are four Bible study sessions plus introduction on this Old Testament story. In it God challenges to us think big and not be confined by our cultural and theological constaints. Here is some exciting material for your Bible study.

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The Babylonian Captivity of the Church  

The Church in Britain has unconciously absorbed the values of Babylon into its structures and strategies. This is particularly true of the Methodist Church. We have lost the power not merely to evangelize but to become renewed. Unless we address this theological issue we have no future.

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The Methodist Quadrilateral  

The American scholar Albert Outler reflecting on Wesley’s theological method produced what has been termed the ‘Wesleyan Quadrilateral’. Wesley’s successors are encouraged to do theology within a dynamic framework of four components; scripture, reason, tradition and experience.

This article will be printed in a book to be published by John Vincent later this year. 
I was asked to write this because of my critique of a previous article on the quadralateral writen by Gill Dascombe.

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Gods violent world  

Where does violence come from? Is religion the root of violence? What is the relationship between religion and violence? Does God carry responsibility for the violence which exists in our world? These are questions discussed in two different meeting held during June in the Southampton District. Although this lecture was greeted with incredulity by some, it certainly generated enthusiastic discussion. I need to do more work here!

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The best of all possile worlds  

Colin Morris in a Methodist Recorder article (April 8th 2016) posed this question. In my reply I stated that I did not think that God had created the best of all possible worlds and therefore has to take some responsibility for the mess we are in. Such a statement would once have been labeled as 'heretical'. In this article I set out my understanding.  eflection of the above words from the hymn 'In Christ Alone' was first published in the ICTHUS magazine for Methodist preachers and worship leaders in the Autumn of 2011. It provoked many confused and angry responses

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The Wrath of God Satisfied  

This reflection of the above words from the hymn 'In Christ Alone' was first published in the ICTHUS magazine for Methodist preachers and worship leaders in the Autumn of 2011. It provoked many confused and angry responses

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Killing in the name of God  

Is religion dangerous? Evil can cloak itself under the guise of religion, politics, idiology, athism and power. Human nature can be far more destructive than we, who live in our cosy comfort zone, want to admit.  Human beings are essentially idolatrous. Because God is beyond our understanding we reduced God to something/someone we can understand. The crimes of humanity have one thing in common they involve making God in our own image rather than allowing God to make us in his.

The refusal to respond to violence with violence springs from a belief in 'the wrath of God'.  We do not extract vengence because that is God's business. Christ is the great 'scape-goat' who in GOd's atoning work transforms destuction violence into creative energy.

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The Future of Methodism  

This is the lecture gave at Emmanuel United Church in Reddish in November.  It arose as a response to the three articles below

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What is the Spirit saying to Methodism  

(Three articles appearing in the Methodist Recorder September 2014)

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The Rainbow Covenant  

God in his love has lent us this planet', yet humankind seems hell-bent on destroying itself. The physical earth and even our own bodies have become ‘objects’ rather than sacramental vehicles of divine spirit and life. According to the Bible all existence is relational. It provides a radical critique of economic globalization. How then are we to proceed?

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The Great Commission 

My time in India and Sri Lanka in 1987 forced me to re-evaluate what William Carey had named 'The Great Commission'. This paper reflecting on Matthew 28.18-20 was presented to the Overseas Committee of the Methodist Church.

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Covenant and Reconcilliation
 

The promised land has always been a place of violence. There has always been a tension in the Old Testament between the universal covenant made with Noah and the particular covenant made with Abraham. Can there ever be reconciliation betweent the two?

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The Durham Lecture
 

A Lecture given within the University. A Church in which ministers are caught up in the pragmatic demands of the present has no future because it has lost the wisdom of the past.

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The God who Inspires    (Presidential Address 2005)

Ezekiel 37 is God’s prophetic message for the Methodist People. The Holy Spirit is rattling our bones and calling Methodism to a new future. Restructuring and other organisational initiatives will not energise the church. Only a new dependence on the Spirit and a deeper engagement in theology will do this.

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Our World 

Lecture given to Hinde Street Methodist Church in October 2012.  The Church in Britain must cross a luminal threshold if it is to grow. The factors within the local church which prevent this are listed. We must leave our comfort zones.

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The Time is Short           (Presidential Address 2006)

‘Traditional Church’, ‘Fresh Expressions of Church’ and ‘Emerged Church’ are the three principal models of a ‘mixed economy’ church scene in Britain. This demands radical changes in the way in which we select, train and locate an ordained ministry.

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Driven from Paradise

A theological paper given in 2006 at a conference of climate change. It examines human responsibility in the context of God’s hopeful future for the planet.

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Mission and Tradition

An address given in June 2005 to gathering of missionaries from different parts of the world. MIssion is contextual and philosphical. Today we live with the three philosophical frameworks of pre-modernity, modernity and post-modernity. These no longer exist as separate frameworks. In many contexts they are mixed up or superimposed on each other. This makes the crafting of our models of mission difficult.