It's a strange thing blog-writing. You perceive your own mind in its strangeness. Thoughts come and go but once blogged, you can reconnect with them and think afresh. Maybe 'postmodern God' was taking things a bit far. I'm answering my own reflections today. The Bible does have meaning and this has been interpreted over time by Christians and theologians under the guidance of the holy spirit. Maybe the holy spirit isn't always of the kind of thinking that I did yesterday - you know - the whole - postmodern - it means one thing for you and another for me.
I've been listening to John Stott on my headphones as I shopped at Sainsbury's, which is, in itself, something of a strange but not unpleasant experience. He has a very delicious way of saying the word 'authority' and the sort of voice which makes me think of afternoon tea with scones and jam and cucumber sandwiches - comforting and very British. I also listened today to Ian Paul at college on Evangelicalim and the centrality of the cross, justification and sanctification, proclamation and conversion. There are some holes, he admits - what about more emphasis on the resurrection, which I flagged up yesterday and waht about social action as mission. Are there giftings from our pre-Christian days which we shouldn't have let die off - these can be redeemed and used to God's glory. Should we define ourselves at all, he wondered. There was a lot of suspicion in the room - and the general consensus is we shouldn't. But he wondered if sometimes it can actually be useful. I am beginning to wonder if I am an evangelical - in - denial. I want to find reasons why not to be an evangelical, flaws in the arguments etc but the more i try to fight it, the more it seems best fit. I can see so many things wrong with tradition and reason but nothing wrong with the Word of God and it is to this that I want to conform my life.