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The Kingdom of God in the teaching of Jesus (ii)

This is a rather unusual post, in that I am offering here a final year undergraduate essay I wrote in 1991. There are several reasons for this:

1. It still offers quite a good overview of the range of themes that are present in Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom.

2. It is missing more recent literature, but I wonder if this might be a strength. It avoids some of the more recent debates about theological agenda in interpretation and instead focuses on what the text says. If discussion about this has been going on a long time, will that have been solved in the last couple of years?

3. I just used sections of it at a church weekend as the basis for some teaching on the nature of the kingdom of God—which suggests that things people do in residential training are more useful than is often thought.

Do we talk enough about the kingdom of God in either biblical studies or the local church these days?

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The Kingdom of God in the teaching of Jesus (i)

This is a rather unusual post, in that I am offering here a final year undergraduate essay I wrote in 1991. There are several reasons for this:

1. It still offers quite a good overview of the range of themes that are present in Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom.

2. It is missing more recent literature, but I wonder if this might be a strength. It avoids some of the more recent debates about theological agenda in interpretation and instead focuses on what the text says. If discussion about this has been going on a long time, will that have been solved in the last couple of years?

3. I just used sections of it at a church weekend as the basis for some teaching on the nature of the kingdom of God—which suggests that things people do in residential training are more useful than is often thought.

Do we talk enough about the kingdom of God in either biblical studies or the local church these days?

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Is the C of E a sinking ship?

Last week I spoke with Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, on whether the C of E was drinking at last chance saloon on a sinking ship. You can read a good write-up of it by Madeleine Davies at the Church Times. Since I don’t really drink, and have never been to a saloon, I focused […]

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My top ten books on theology and ministry (2)

Guest post by Eddie Arthur of Wycliffe Bible Translators and Global Connections A few weeks back, Ian asked which were the ten books that had shaped your life and ministry. Over the years, I’ve posted various lists of the best books on mission and missiology on my own blog, but I’ve never really pondered which ones […]

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Sex and the Church

Last Friday I very reluctantly tuned in to watch Oxford church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch talk about Sex and the Church. I was reluctant for several reasons. First, don’t we talk about this enough already—aren’t there more important things to focus on at the moment? (Tonight’s ‘Kill the Christians’, for example, highlighting how the US/UK invasion of […]

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Do numbers matter?

There is a great game you can play as an Anglican clergyman—I call it ‘numbers bingo’. You can play it whenever you are in a meeting with other Anglican clergyman, though it might work for other denominations too. You need to join in the conversation, and time how long it takes for someone to mention […]

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Covenant and Calling: a review (part ii)

In the first part of his book, Song has explored some of the dynamics of marriage and sex in scripture and theology, and along the way has dismissed the most popular arguments for accepting same-sex unions as on a par with marriage. He then turns to the question of ‘covenant partnership’, and appears to hit another […]

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Covenant and Calling: a review (part i)

Robert Song’s Covenant and Calling: towards a theology of same-sex relationships is a book I have wanted to be persuaded by more than anything else I have recently read, for two main reasons. First, I was privileged to be in a small discussion group with Robert at a recent CEEC consultation on the issue of same-sex […]

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Resurrection as surprise

Think back to the last time that someone surprised you. What does surprise do to you? Some people love surprises; others like surprises as long as they know exactly what the surprise will be! Our common experience is that surprise is highly disorienting; we don’t know where to turn or what to do next. Even […]

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Ministry and Media: an interview

Kate Bottley is Vicar of the churches of Blyth, Scrooby and Ranskill and Chaplain to North Notts College. She trained at St John’s, Nottingham and served her curacy in Skegby, in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. She hit the headlines in 2013 when she led a ‘flashmob’ dance at a wedding that she had conducted went […]

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Evidence for the Resurrection

When considering the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, we need to separate two issues. First, what are the historical facts that require an explanation? And, second, what is the best, most plausible, explanation for those facts? What are the facts to consider in relation to the resurrection? First, Jesus died on the cross, a victim of […]

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