My two burger posts make me feel like a person fishing for trout and catching a shark - I seem to have dragged up from the depths an ancient theological beastie far bigger than I was expecting (though I knew the shark was down there). What exactly is the relationship between Israel and the Church in the past and the present,? between Old Covenant and New Covenant? between Law and gospel?
Oh no! The rule is that in these discussions whatever you say you die! The only question is who will kill me. (What fun! I'll see if I can arrange things so that everyone wants to kill me.)
The problem is that so many controversial texts and issues intersect on these matters that one has to master so much material to speak with any confidence on them. I have not and I cannot (so read any confidence as bluster on my part to deter difficult questioning). So in the series of posts that will follow please appreciate that I am throwing out ideas for discussion. They are thoughts in progress and nothing much stronger than that right now.
Another issue concerns method. Do I start with the specific texts? Should I, for instance, do a post on Romans 14, another on Galatians 2, another on 1 Cor 9, another on Rom 9-11 and so on? I am not going to do that or we'd be at this game forever (not least because I have simply not studied any of them properly).
I have decided to do a N.T. Wright (my hero! swoon). I am going to (briefly) retell the biblical story from start to finish in such a way as to propose a way of answering the questions that have been raised. But I am going to tell it somewhat differently from N.T. Wright. That framework obviously will depend on the exegesis of particular texts but I wish to throw out the big idea to start with. Within that framework it is much easier to start addressing particular texts.
These posts may take a while as I am effectively trying to do a whole biblical theology off the top of my head (and I am not being falsely modest when I say that in truth my brain is not that clever). It is a given that I am going to make some mistakes along the way so please be patient (i.e., pause, smile, pause again, then kill me).
One final thing. The framework only really makes sense when all the parts are in place so there might not be a whole load to say in response to the first few posts (who knows?).
The wise thing to do would be to first work out what I think and then blog it but I thought I'd do some theology on the run and see what comes out. Who knows whether it will be chololate fudge cake or poo? That's the excitement of the journey (I am such a theological adrenelin junkie!)
(Dear Lord, please keep me true to your word along the way! Help me not to be misled not to mislead.)
- Robin Parry
- Robin Parry is the husband of but one wife (Carol) and the father of the two most beautiful girls in the universe (Hannah and Jessica). He also has a lovely cat called Monty (who has only three legs). Living in the city of Worcester, UK, he works as an Editor for Wipf and Stock — a US-based theological publisher. Robin was a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years and has worked in publishing since 2001 (2001–2010 for Paternoster and 2010– for W&S).