Bats with baby faces in the violet light

So, I changed the randomly generated avatars for people with no uploaded pictures from geometric patterns to cartoon faces. Apparently, they generate from your email address, so that you always get the same one. I hope no-one is offended by the way they came out…

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Truly ‘incarnational’ ministry

Embarrassing half-retraction time… At Spring Harvest, I heard a sermon from Juliet Kilpin. I’ve known Juliet and Jim for fifteen years or so now. She described their ministry as ‘incarnational’ which made me wince. Not because of what I said in the previous post, but because she was right, and I immediately wanted to retract, or at least edit, the post. They have lived a life of faithfulness and refusal to compromise in the hardest places. Gloriously – miraculously perhaps – some people who talk of living incarnationally do live it out, the way it should be lived. It was a privilege and a challenge to reconnect with the two of...

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What does it mean to be ‘Reformed’?

I have always been fairly comfortable describing myself as ‘Reformed’. The sort of theology I have found most energising and informative for my own ministry, prayer, and thinking has been recognisably within a Reformed tradition; the denominational tradition which has formed me finds most, at least, of its roots in the recognisably Reformed tradition of the English separatists and Puritans; and so on. The tag, like any other, carries the potential of misinterpretation: for a while British Evangelicals were apparently¬† supposed to decide whether they were ‘charismatic Evangelicals’ or ‘Reformed Evangelicals’. I have always wanted to tick both boxes (for those who have seen Rob Bell’s Everything is Spiritual, this is the...

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What branches grow out of this stony rubbish?

A chance conversation this morning worried me. It seems that someone had read something on this blog and, knowing something of the contexts I live and work in here in St Andrews, had assumed it was intended as a veiled criticism of a particular person. It wasn’t. In all honesty, it surprised me to discover that folk in the ‘town’ rather than ‘gown’ side of St Andrews might find anything of interest here. This blog is intentionally an academic exploration of ideas – if that’s not obvious enough, check out the regular quotations in Greek and Latin… The ideas that I explore here are suggested by all sorts of contexts and triggers. Almost always, it is the coincidence of three or four conversations or things I’ve...

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St Andrews Conferences

Two excellent conferences to look forward to here over the summer. Genesis and Christian Theology will bring Kathryn Tanner, Gary Anderson, David Fergusson, John Milbank, Rusty Reno, Ellen Charry, and some of the home team into conversation, continuing the series of Scripture and Theology conferences. The Art of the Psalms brings a more diverse collection of poets, composers, and theologians together. Bookings and short paper calls open for...

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