What does the Bible say about the role of women in the church? There is a lot of pressure to match up to contemporary secular standards, and Christians themselves tend to fall into two camps: the egalitarians and the complementarians.
This study sets a case for positive complementarianism. Given their minority and vulnerable position in the current debate, it is easy for complementarians to come across as negative and defensive. They are not helped in this by the fact that some of the key biblical texts (from 1 Corinthians 14 and 1 Timothy 2) are expressed in negative terms: what a women is ‘not permitted’ to do. The claim here, however, is that the complementarity between male and female portrayed as ideal in the Bible is a thoroughly beautiful arrangement: something to be admired and to aspire to.
Often caricatured, so-called ‘limited atonement’ is the doctrine that Jesus came definitely to save those particular people given to him by his Father. In a clear and comprehensive overview, Lee Gatiss examines the biblical and doctrinal case for this controversial teaching,explores key moments in its historical development, and expounds its implications for ministry today.
‘a masterful, mini-treatise... I heartily commend this clear-headed, warmhearted treatment.’ - J.I.Packer
Against the background of the current financial crisis and astonishing levels of personal debt, it would be impossible to argue that the practice of lending and borrowing money at interest is always morally acceptable.
Is the biblical answer simply to say "No" to the practice of lending and borrowing money at interest? It would be fair to say that for the major part of church history the mainstream view has been strongly against it. However, something has clearly changed. Christians today happily take out mortgages and keep their money in banks which then lend at interest to others. Christians may even personally profit from the lending of money at interest.
The ‘Dark Ages’ (i.e. approximately the fourth to tenth centuries AD) are popularly considered a period of history about which people know little beyond the presumption that life was short and hard. Christianity, whether in or out of the monasteries, is often presented as a largely impersonal, formal religion – little more than the culture of the time. But is that a true picture? Or did ‘the light of the glorious gospel of Christ’ shine as brightly then as in other ‘dark’ periods of history? In particular, did it shine through the original Celtic version of Christianity in such a way that we may profi tably imitate the Celtic Christians? And to what extent does it shine through the innumerable versions of the current revival of ‘Celtic spirituality’?
'We live in an age when much doubt has been cast concerning the meaning of texts. This has direct application to our confidence in and practice of handling the Scriptures. Ben Sargent's paper provides an excellent corrective. It is carefully argued, clearly written and immensely useful'
Revd William Taylor
About the book:
If you are reading this, it is because you expect it to have meaning. You will be making assumptions about its author based on the content and context; you will be interpreting what you read in the light of your own prejudices and experience and the conditioning of your cultural surroundings. Does it matter what the author intended? Does an unintentional message have validity? Is there a single meaning of the text, or one on which we should all agree?
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