Theology Thursday: Dialoguing to death?
Posted by John Percival, 24 Jul 2014
Facilitated conversations growing out of an ongoing Indaba. Unless you’re keeping up to speed with Anglican politics, that first sentence will be mostly gobbledygook. But with all these new-fangled attempts at “good disagreement” are we in danger of dialoguing to death?
It should not be a surprise that these new methods are just re-branded attempts at theological dialogue that have been taking place for centuries. More than 25 years ago, Tony Baker wrote about evangelical approaches to theological dialogue. And his article still has great relevance today, on the eve of the ‘facilitated conversations’ on the Pilling Report.
As well as highlighting a number of dangers we face in these situations, Baker helpfully lays down six principles for engagement:
Word on a Wednesday: Hebrews
Posted 23 Jul 2014
Rob Brewis has been listening to Daf Meirion-Jones, minister of All Saints Preston, giving an introduction to the Book of Hebrews.
In this excellent talk on Hebrews 1:1-4, Daf opens up the book of Hebrews, the greatness of the Lord Jesus and the call to keep listening.
Hear the talk here
Topical Tuesday: Flourishing after the consecration of women bishops
Posted by Lee Gatiss, 22 Jul 2014
Many of us in the Church of England today see the consecration of women as bishops to be a departure from God's revealed plan for the flourishing of his church. As Christians, our basic confession is 'Jesus is Lord', and so we believe he must decide how the church is governed.
Through his word, the Bible, he has made it clear that the elders/bishops of a church should be godly men who live and teach the truth and can refute error (see e.g. 1 Timothy chapters 2-3 and Titus chapter 1). This in no way contradicts the God-given equality, dignity or ministry of women, all of which are also affirmed by Scripture. As our Church’s legal constitution states, we are not at liberty to interpret one part of Scripture as ‘repugnant’ or contradictory to another (Article 20), and so we cannot set aside God’s good designs for the leadership of his church in a desire to affirm this right equality.
While we may regret the General Synod’s recent decision to go ahead with this novel and divisive development, we are thankful that some provision has been made in the legislation for those who in good conscience cannot see it as a positive move. We are grateful to be assured that the Church still wishes us to flourish, and will provide mechanisms to ensure this.