John Webster, One of the Greatest Contemporary Theologians Went to Glory

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An academic friend greeted the news of John Webster’s death with a blog post beginning “I’ll have to get out of the habit of referring to Webster as one of the greatest living theologians.” Within academic theology, few would question that assessment; beyond the universities and colleges, few have ever heard of him.

In part, this is down to John’s genuine humility. He was made a canon of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford, and served on various Church of England committees when asked, but he never went looking for ecclesial honours. Indeed, he never went looking for academic honours either, although they came regularly.

More, however, John’s vocation was academic. He was committed to hard intellectual work, and he made no apology for it. His writing style was uncompromising, and far from accessible even to some specialists. The last time I heard him give a presentation, a few weeks back, one of my PhD students passed me a note asking if I could explain what the title meant! (It was in Latin, and John did not bother to translate it.)

Why should any reader of Christian Today be interested in his life, then? Continue reading “John Webster, One of the Greatest Contemporary Theologians Went to Glory”

Steve Holmes – The Twitter Bible

I have met Steve Holmes, a British Baptist theologian, when he was an assistant to the late Colin Gunton, at King’s College London, during my doctoral studies (I was not a student at that school, but Colin had kindly granted me the permission to participate in the research seminars he was  leading at King’s). Steve is presently teaching at the University of St Andrews.

He has shared with us today on Facebook his take at the challenge of summarising the core of the Bible message within the Twitter constrains (140 characters). Here it is:

God made. We fell. God called. God saved.
We failed. God came in Jesus. We rejected.
God triumphed. Church began. God will win.

Does any of you have other suggestions?

As for me, as a ‘man of many words’ :-(, I don’t twitter. 🙂

Steve Holmes on ‘local church vs. local churches’

‘The local church is the hope of the world’ – so Bill Hybels, on any number of occasions. Hybels represents (to borrow a phrase from Rob Warner) the ‘entrepreneurial’ wing of the Evangelical movement, and others from a similar perspective could be found claiming the same thing – Rick Warren, perhaps. The point is surprisingly general amongst high-profile American Evangelical leaders, however – whether in the focus on authentic community found in the vision of Rob Bell or Brian McLaren, or the commitment to constructing a Biblical model of the local fellowship and its leadership in John Piper, Mike Horton, or Mark Dever. UK examples are less high-profile, but no more difficult to find. Continue reading “Steve Holmes on ‘local church vs. local churches’”

Shored Fragments – the blog of Rev. Dr. Steve Holmes


Dr. Steve Holmes

Although I have ‘befriended’ Dr. Steve Holmes for a while now on Facebook, I have realised only now that he has a theological blog. Mea culpa.

I have met Dr. Holmes in the late nineties and the first years after 2000, in the research seminar at King’s College London, where the head of the theology school there, the late Colin Gunton, allowed me to attend and even invited me to read a paper once. Steve was a lecturer there at the time.

Steve Holmes is now Senior Lecturer at the School of Divinity, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is also an ordained Baptist minister (you may find HERE more details about him. Continue reading “Shored Fragments – the blog of Rev. Dr. Steve Holmes”