Sunday, December 30, 2007

Seven Days

1. Fellowship with Grace Church Bristol. Happy times upon happy times as we visited the in-laws.
2. Reading The Divine Spiration of Scripture. Still not quite sure what I make of McGowan's argument against using language of inerrancy. But, I definitely love what he says about locating the doctrine of scripture firmly in our thinking about the Holy Spirit, and his material on Calvin's preaching. More to follow I suspect.
3. Musings in Galatians (again). I keep coming back to this gem of a letter as I think about the nature of discipleship.
4. Heroes. Best boxset of Christmas.
5. John Owen's Communion with the Triune God. Good books at Christmas. The experiential nature of reformed doctrine.
6. Pudding and games with new friends.
7. Christmas lunch on the beach.


  1. My Dad was concerned about McGowan's anti-inerrancy thing, says he takes a James Orr view, so I'd be interested to hear your thoughts at staff conf, as I don't envisage getting to read it in the near future!

  2. I'll blog some reflections but would be good to talk about it. One interesting observation he makes is that inerrancy doesn't really make sense for most of the Bible - what after all is an inerrant poem?

    Of course the UCCF db doesn't use the word either - preferring infallible. I think McGowan is very good on putting some backbone into inspired so that it's not some wispy thing but divine-spiration instead and a part of our doctrine of the Spirit which seems appropriate for Trinitarian Systematics.

    He seems to mostly argue that we have what God wanted us to have. Scripture is authentic, it is what The Author planned.