Introduction Having looked at Baptism I am left with a number of impressions. On the one hand we hear everyone who is saved is baptised. On the other hand not everyone who is baptised is saved. What is more is that baptism takes a panoply of forms. It can be in the ark of Noah, … Continue reading On Baptism and it’s timing. Part Four: Conclusion
On Baptism and it’s timing. Part Three: Witness of History
Introduction In the last entry, I covered for opening half millennium of the church regarding its position on the timing of the baptism. My conclusion, having looked at various sources, was that conversion, following catechism, was the normative time for baptism. The ritual and process for both developed considerably over the opening centuries but this … Continue reading On Baptism and it’s timing. Part Three: Witness of History
On Baptism and it’s timing. Part Two: Witness of the Early Church
In the first part of this endeavour, I took a brief top-level view at the passages that had been raised by others, from scripture, during my discussions and reading on the topic on the timing of baptism. What I hope to subsequently address in this next, albeit not final part of my exploration is the … Continue reading On Baptism and it’s timing. Part Two: Witness of the Early Church
On Baptism and it’s timing. Part One: Introduction and Scripture
With the birth of my son, I have been thinking a lot about baptism. This has been intensified by a period of discerning whether or not I could, should, or would begin the process of discerning ordination in the Church of England. What follows is my attempt to come to terms with the beliefs of … Continue reading On Baptism and it’s timing. Part One: Introduction and Scripture
What does Sheffield have to do with Jerusalem?
I recently heard the news that a friend of mine had been accepted for ordination within the Church of England. This would normally be good news but I have not been able to shake the sense of conflict I experienced over the decision. The reason why? To be honest, its because she is a woman. … Continue reading What does Sheffield have to do with Jerusalem?
Disability, faith and the church
Depending on who you talk to as many as 1 in 100 people could be psychopaths. Some of the defining characteristics of a psychopath include a lack of.. Anxiety Remorse Empathy Listening to a talk on the subject I wondered to what degree this impacts someone coming to faith. Even if we get more general … Continue reading Disability, faith and the church
In our faith let us ‘show, don’t tell’
I am all too aware of my shortcomings as a writer here but once upon a time I took a cursory course in creative writing. I did little to nothing with it afterwards but one thing I came away from was with the idea of 'show, don't tell'. In writing this is the view that … Continue reading In our faith let us ‘show, don’t tell’
Men, women and ministry
I was reading this post advocating egalitarianism earlier today and thinking over the implications of it. For myself I was raised loosely egalitarian and in an existential sense do not see any cause for women to not operate in many of the same categories men do. I am happy to work under and submit to … Continue reading Men, women and ministry