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A new book on the authority of scripture, by Matthew Barrett, our Tutor of Systematic Theology and Church History, has just been published.
Matthew is the editor of a five volume series with Zondervan called The 5 Solas, released in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation next year. Each book in this series is a biblical, theological and historical treatment of one of the five solas. Books that have already been published include Thomas Schreiner's Faith Alone and David VanDrunen's God's Glory Alone. The next book in the series, by Matthew, has just been released: God's Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture.
So what is this new book about? Here is Zondervan's description: 'Historians and theologians alike have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations (or "solas") that distinguished the movement from other expressions of the Christian faith.
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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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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.