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Mike Ovey explores the issues surrounding the trial of Ahmad al-Mahdi, who is accused of destroying religious monuments in the ancient city of Timbuktu.
How do you react to Ahmad al-Mahdi going on trial for destroying cultural heritage in Timbuktu? Just vandalism, on a par with trashing bus shelters in inner-city London? Or is it, as al-Mahdi suggested at the time, protecting the public good by eradicating the remnants of superstition?
Or is it something worse, something that really does deserve an international tribunal, with sentences of 10 years or so on the line, rather than the Timbuktu equivalent of Dagenham magistrates' courts handing out six months with some community service and an ASBO? What makes us react so strongly against what al-Mahdi and his al-Qaida fellow-travellers did?
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Matthew Barrett contributes to the debates over the trinity and the eternal subordination of the Son of God to the Father.
Thus far in the online civil war over the trinity I have been a fly on the wall. Yet curious students at Oak Hill Theological College have been pressing me as to my take on the debates, as well as my own view. So perhaps it is time I added a small voice to the loud party noise, though I admit I am way late to the party (does that make me a party crasher?... not sure).
Since so much has already been said, I donít want to merely regurgitate the debates or just shout out 'I'm Nicene' louder and louder. That's been done. Instead, I would like to come at the debate from a specific angle: the pactum salutis, also referred to as the covenant of redemption. In all the uproar, I have not heard much discussion of the covenant of redemption in eternity (though I am starting to see some). This is embarrassing, frankly. It only proves what I already suspected: the pactum salutis is too often neglected as a trinitarian doctrine.
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Mike Ovey responds to a blog post which claims that those who believe in the eternal subordination of the Son of God are abandoning Nicene Christology.
How interesting when someone claims to know what you think better than you do yourself. Michael Bird (hereafter 'MB') writes: 'The root of the problem is that some Complementarians are willing to ditch Nicene christology for Homoian christology if it will give them a bigger stick to use to keep women out of the pulpit!'
This comes from a piece picking up both on Liam Goligher's 'penetrating' critique of what MB calls homoian complementarians, and on a piece from Carl Trueman which MB describes as speaking 'frankly and wisely' on this.
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Open monring at Oak Hill
Thinking about theological training? Come to an Open Morning: meet staff and students, sample some lectures and look round the campus.
Efrem Buckle talks about his ministry
Mark Smith, church planter in Dublin, talks about how theology resources the work he does now in ministry.
Efrem Buckle talks about his ministry
Efrem Buckle, Pastor at Calvary Chapel in Lewisham, talks about his theological training at Oak Hill.
Phil Chadder talks about his ministry
Phil Chadder, Chaplain at HM Prison, Brixton, talks about his ministry and theological training.