Don’t ask why vol 2.1. Just cos. Any way the more important element is that I have posted 10 new ‘blogs’ as part of an ongoing e-magazine project with a focus on the gates. Definitely worth reading and responding to… and maybe provoking you to write on an aspect concerning the gates.
(I will not focus on blogging in the next week or two – maybe a Revelation video, but the articles in the magazine will be the main focus.)
In this magazine we have:
- Dyfed reviewing Roger Mitchell’s thesis Church, Gospel & Empire.
- Chris Bourne takes up a challenge concerning the possibility of a ‘religion’ gate. I have previously said that we definitely do not want such a gate. The problem is again one of terminology. So see what you make of this article.
- Money and discussions are touched on directly in a few articles: Deb Chapman, Joanna Storie, Nigel Dutson have written articles. I also have one there on creational wealth.
- There is an article on art continuing to shape society in spite of money and power moving from the Western world.
- And finally I have two articles. One on another angle about the loss of ‘Christian’ values in a nation. Here I suggest that it is a fallacy to try to defend the ‘Christian nation’ stance, and that followers of Christ are to shape society, they are to define norms, but not primarily at the legislative end of things. And one article on Values. I entitled this ‘Values: Unelectability’ because with values of honesty, openness and honouring an opposition that this would undercut self-promotion. So often advancement is based on self-promotion and advertising. To take a Jesus-path perhaps it renders us ‘unelectable’… or maybe not. The thought of the ‘maybe not’ is something that I am fascinated by.
So I hope you enjoy and interact with these articles.
Also book reviews are really welcome. The subject area of the gates is a broad term. Anything that will help us grapple with the complexities of the Bible, theology and praxis.
Just a few ‘house’ rules. There is not a party line, these are perspectives, but nothing that absolutely writes everyone off who takes a different viewpoint is the spirit I am looking for. There is not one ‘Christian / biblical’ approach. An article that says ‘Christian schools are the only way’ is no better than ‘Christian schools are of the devil’. We are living in a fallen world so looking for a redemptive way through – a pathway that will be incomplete and imperfect. So come on the writers!!!
The articles can also be downloaded in e-book format.