Reflections on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture: A Response from Dr Craig Carter.

A few days ago, St Helen’s Bishopsgate posted a talk by Gwilym Davies entitled ‘Reflections on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture’ which was primarily an engagement with two books, Craig Carter’s Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition: Recovering the Genius of Premodern Exegesis and Keith Stanglin’s The Letter and Spirit of Biblical Interpretation: From the Early…

Why think about the Trinity?

On Sunday I was preaching on John 4:43-54, the healing of the royal official’s son. One notable aspect of the story is Jesus exclamation, ‘Unless you people (meaning the Galileans) see signs and wonders you will never believe’ to the man, just before he heals his son: a healing that John describes as his second…

Is God a United Family?

These last two Sundays before Christmas, I’ve been preaching a two-part series on the theology of Christmas. Next Sunday we’ll look at what it means that the Son of God was born as a man but last Sunday we looked at what Christmas tells us about God, that there is an Eternal Son who has…

A Few Thoughts on Brexit

A Few Thoughts on Brexit. Given the political turmoil gripping the British nation at the moment, I thought I would set down a few thoughts that have been buzzing around my head in the last few weeks. The Perspective of Eternity. Sunday before last, I preached on Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, What I…

Do We Need Church History?

One of the things I was asked to do when I began as Associate Minister at ELT Baptist Church was to teach a monthly church history course to a small group of church members. We’ve had two sessions so far and I’m very excited about our next session which, in a seasonally appropriate manner, will…

The Joy of Classical Theism

In the past month or so there has been a little bit of discussion of the question of ‘classical theism’: the belief that God is simple, eternal, unchanging, impassible and so on. I had never really examined these kind of ideas until about five years ago when I began to read Augustine’s Confessions as part…