This is the third post in a series. For part one click here, and part two click here. The Two Wills… In this post, I’ll explain a bit more about how Maximus saw the two wills functioning in the one person of Christ. Some of the problems with this idea could be: Did it mean that […]
What has this passion to do with the two wills of Christ?
This probably still sounds so like an abstract philosophical debate, and to be honest, it’s going to sound worse before it sounds better…
This is the second in a two-part interview with Matthew Bates on his recent book The Birth of the Trinity (find the first part HERE) Matt Bates [MB]: Matt, since you’ve read it, I’ll return the question to you? What surprised you most? Anything seem particularly significant to you in addition to what I’ve already […]
In this post, I interview Matthew W. Bates about his recent book, The Birth of the Trinity: Jesus, God, and Spirit in New Testament and Early Christian Interpretation of the Old Testament (Oxford University Press, 2015). Matt received his Ph.D. from Notre Dame, and has served for the past four years as Assistant Professor of […]
Schizophrenic Jesus? Imagine you were facing an inquisition and, on pain of torture, mutilation, and exile, they asked you to answer the following question correctly: ‘How many ‘wills’ does Jesus have – one or two?’ Apart from thinking you’d stumbled into a Monty Python sketch, what else might go through your mind? Is that even […]
How can a just God keep extending mercy? At first blush, this may seem like an ideal problem to have. We all want more of God’s mercy, right?
But what about Jesus’ command not to take an ‘eye for an eye’? Isn’t Jesus trashing Old Testament style vengeance?
At church last Sunday the person leading the service began with the idea that God is the God who ‘sees’ us, and so I’ve been thinking about what it means that God sees us.
The most prominent verses cited as evidence are Jesus’ ‘you have heard it said … but I tell you’ statements, especially His statements about enemies.
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