The Fall and relationships

I have not really considered how the fall affected marriage. So according to Genesis 3 the woman now is desperate for the love of a man. The man wants to dominate over the woman rather than protect and love her. Also the man now has to work harder to survive and the...

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Genesis and Enuma Elish

If you have time watch this! Genesis and 1 and 2 obviously are not the only early accounts of the creation of the world and of mankind. All people have wondered at where they came from. In this post I look at Enuma Elish – another early creation account and then...

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Welcome to the Old Testament

I have recently had more time on my hands and am going to get into theology more seriously. I have just received my new module: Introduction to The Old Testament from London School of Theology. So here we go… First thing to think about – Jesus read and...

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The Quakers and Lack of Structure

Is it a good idea to start a movement that has very little structure or written conventions? This is fine if the leaders are good, chosen wisely and hand over to other good leaders. However these leaders often have more depth and complexity to their devotional lives...

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Denominations

My thoughts on current English denominations and their key aspects of Spirituality. Pentecostal - like to feel God, hear from God (prophecy), speak in tongues (want to see stuff)! Prophecy and the hope of revival very important. Looking for perfection. Faith based....

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Luther

Luther had some positive and negative influences on Christian Spirituality. His positive influences included his promotion of meditation on God's word. For example his work A Simple Way to Pray, 1535. This was popular and gave a four fold framework to meditation. This...

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Silence

The Desert Fathers went to great lengths to find silence. How can modern Christians incorporate more silence into their lives? First I would like to say that often when people talk about practices that are acknowledged to be very good, yet poorly practised it is...

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The Desert Fathers

Of great importance to the idea of The Desert is the wanderings of Israel in the wilderness. Here we get the two images of “journey” and “desert” together. The Desert Fathers sought solitude so that they may experience a fuller vision of God undistracted from business...

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Christian Poverty

I don’t think modern Christians are particularly against poverty, but I think that the idea is strange to many of them. Jesus did say, “if you want to be perfect…” sell all your possessions. For many in the middle ages, poverty was thought of as...

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