John Chrysostom on The Incarnation

Geoff ChapmanBiblical Theology, Great Quotes, Theology0 Comments

11133532935_48dea7712b_o

Think not, therefore, it is of small things you are hearing, when you hear of this birth, but rouse up your mind, and straightway tremble, being told that God has come upon earth. For so marvellous was this, and beyond expectation, that because of these things the very angels formed a choir, and in behalf of the world offered up … Read More

Spurgeon On Loving Sinners

Geoff ChapmanGreat Quotes0 Comments

O ye that are now in the flock, think of the love of Christ to you when you were outside the fold; when you had no wish to return; when seeing him pursuing you, you only ran faster to escape his almighty love!  Notwithstanding all my rebellion, and all my wilful transgression, he still loved me with his heart, and … Read More

Cultural Humility and Same-Sex Marriage

Geoff ChapmanGreat Quotes0 Comments

Gavin Ortlund writes: 99.8%+ of human cultures have considered gender diversity to be of the essence of marriage, and even in our culture almost everyone understood marriage this way, until the last 5-10 years, including President Obama. As Chief Justice John Roberts put it, this view of marriage has “formed the basis of human society for millennia, for the Kalahari … Read More

Thick Communities and The Future of The Church

Geoff ChapmanGreat Quotes1 Comment

“Most of us do not live in thick communities.  My contention is that if we do not develop these communities, then our faith, over a generation or two, will be lost. Modernity is that corrosive of the faith’s foundations.”  Rod Dreher More here: (a useful summary of Dreher’s ideas and response to critique: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/noah-the-benedict-option/)

The Next Culture War – Rod Dreher

Geoff ChapmanFound, Linked0 Comments

City-on-A-Hill-Worship-Image

by ROD DREHER: David Brooks points out that orthodox Christians have lost the culture war decisively, and ponders three futures for our tribe. Excerpt: The Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision landed like some sort of culminating body blow onto this beleaguered climate. Rod Dreher, author of the truly outstanding book “How Dante Can Save Your Life,” wrote an essay in Time … Read More

The Church In Exile

Geoff ChapmanFound, Linked0 Comments

Arch_of_Titus_Menorah

Carl Trueman writes: The Christian church on earth is always, in a sense, in exile. Whatever the incidental identities of her members may be—whether of nationality, race, class, or gender—their ultimate identity is that they are in Christ and belong to him. Compared to the ephemeral categories that human cultures have created for distinguishing one from another, this foundation in … Read More

Something Greater Than Marriage

Geoff ChapmanFound, Linked0 Comments

red-greater-than

Rosaria Butterfield & Christopher Yuan write: The Supreme Court of the United States of America has made gay marriage legal in all 50 states, and much of our country celebrates. The world with its rainbow flags waving proudly and plentifully was our world. We locked arms with our LGBT loved ones and friends and believed they were truly and honestly our family … Read More

The Feast of Dedication and a Possible Resurrection Motif in John 10:22-39

Geoff ChapmanBiblical Theology, Potential Papers0 Comments

The discussion regarding Jesus’ relationship with the Father in John 10:22ff happens, according to the Johannine author (v.22), against the backdrop of the Feast of Dedication (or Hannukah).  This editorial note by John is quite possibly a deliberate parallel reference to the resurrection of Jesus.  If this is the case then it sheds further light on the authorial purpose of … Read More

Christ’s Descent Into Hell – Holy Saturday

Geoff ChapmanGreat Quotes0 Comments

The-Descent-Into-Hell

Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh … Read More