Abraham’s Prayer and Ours

There is not a lot in Gensis that looks like (petitionary) prayer as we know it. God tends to just talk to people directly, and sometimes there are direct conversations. The experience of Christians today is different – we don’t tend to get a chance for a direct conversation. However, the explicitness of the conversations…

Royal commissions, bank balances and providence

A friend made me think about the royal commission and the responses of many Church institutions to threats. She highlighted the knee-jerk reaction of the institutions to defend themselves and their financial resources and asked me if what they were lacking was an understanding of God’s providence. I think the responses have been lacking a…

How should we respond to providence?

In Genesis 12, Abraham finds himself in Egypt with Sarah, worries that someone might kill him to take her, so instead he lets Pharaoh take her as his wife. Was this a good decision? In human terms it was: Abraham found himself in an impossible situation, and he needed to do whatever was necessary to…

Covenant and Ethics

So I’ve been doing a new thing with my WordPress site. Instead of blogging my work as I did on my honours project (which resulted in posts that were haphazard, to say the least) I’m now writing it up in pages with content menus and everything. But that means the blog goes very quiet. So…

A Defense of Christian Pacifism

In a recent Briefing interview, Phillip Jensen said: I was a pacifist for some years, and again that’s a hopeless position, because you can’t really be a Christian pacifist and worship the ‘God of armies’ (which is what ‘Lord of hosts’ means). And you can’t make sense of punishment or of the cross if you’re…

I’m back, with Kony 2012

So, it turns out that working full time is even more work than working and studying. Who’d have thought it? I’ll be returning to just war over time, and will post my paper when I figure out how to upload a large PDF. In the mean-time, I wrote an article for Youthworks abut Kony 2012…

Governments are Not Evil

Contrary to Yoder’s theology of authorities, the governmental role of violent judgment does not make them inherently evil. While it is clear that Christians should not participate in war, it would be wrong to conclude that Christians could therefore not participate or support any part of government that implicitly supports such actions. For example, taxes…

Calling for justice

Apart from praying and proclaiming the Word, is a Christian to remain mute in the face of evil throughout the world? Psalm 139 gives a valuable example. Written in the aftermath of the Exile, there should have been no doubt in the minds of the Judean prisoners that they deserved the judgment that God had…

The Christian Nation

Should a Christian country engage in war? Firstly, there is a great difference between a country that is founded on Christian principles, and a country that is governed by followers of Jesus. In the hypothetical case of a truly Christian country, we can draw strong parallels to God’s protection of Israel. The example that a…