Author Archives: John Ievins

Tolkien as a Theologian Videos

One of my old lecturers at Nottingham University, Alison Milbank (an anglo-catholic associate professor of theology and literature), has produced the following short youtube videos on how JRR Tolkien’s theology connects to his literature.  Check them out.  (The first one … Continue reading

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Women Bishops debate and our view of God

When I started this blog, it was deliberately with the idea that I would avoid talking about what side I would take on ordinary “controversial issues” about Christian ethics etc, precisely because I think that talking about them too much … Continue reading

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Who Would Jesus Vote For?

As I write this, it is polling day for the 2012 US election.  Within a few hours, we’ll know whether the most powerful man in the world for the next four years will be Mitt Romney or Barack Obama.  Polling … Continue reading

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Love and Wrath 3 – Forgiveness

This is the third part of a three part series that was interrupted by the extreme craziness of the last two months.  In part one (available here) we saw why a God of love must be angry against sinners. In … Continue reading

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The Cross Alone is our Theology

(This blog has been gone for a little bit while I’ve had rather a lot too much on – moved city and university, broke my ankle, handed in an MA dissertation, and had quite a bit of man-flu.  It should … Continue reading

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Trinity 5: Trinity Schminity

Well, this isn’t actual theology, but I figured it might fit into my Trinity series because I find it amusing.  Here is the family band, “Winterband”, singing their song “Trinity Schminity.”  Chorus “Trinity Schminity, don’t believe the lie.”  I find … Continue reading

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Glory in Love – Reeves on Jonathan Edwards

My life, at the minute, consists largely of sitting in the library reading books on my own trying to get my head around difficult, but exciting, subjects to do with the fundamental nature of God.  I find it thoroughly exciting … Continue reading

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Love and Wrath 2: Love, Anger and the Cross

In part one (which is available here) of this three-part series, we saw why a God of love must be angry against sinners.  But isn’t Christianity supposed to be a religion of forgiveness?  If love requires anger, woudn’t that mean … Continue reading

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Love and Wrath 1: A Love So Intense that it Burns

One of the things that Christianity most fundamentally teaches is that God is loving.  We all find divine love attractive.  So we should – if we regard God’s love as anything other than overwhelmingly beautiful, we misunderstand it. However, we’re … Continue reading

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Love and Glory-Seeking According to Jonathan Edwards

In a recent post, we’ve looked at the problem of glory-seeking and love – why, if God is so infinitely loving and other-centred, does he seek his own glory?  We’ve seen that part of the answer is the love within … Continue reading

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