Archive for the ‘Biblical Theology’ Category


What is the Song of Songs doing in the Bible?

The Song of Songs, embarrassing to many of us and neglected by most of us, is either an allegory of spiritual things, or an in-your-face sex-manual, or so various parties insist. This paper (and a shorter article) by Barry Wilkins takes a different view entirely, arguing from consideration of context and the Reformation slogan ‘Christ […]

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“Flee Self-Righteousness” – a look at the Parable of the Unrighteous Manager in Luke 16

The parable of the unrighteous manager has discomfited preachers, Bible-teachers and commentators for ages – it looks as if Jesus commended dishonesty! Besides which, the standard interpretation that the point of the parable is to encourage shrewdness seems so ad-hoc and out of context. This paper discusses this difficult issue and suggests an alternative interpretation. […]

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Field’s Sermon on Jude 3

For those interested in the works of this early Jacobean theologian (Richard Field, 1561-1616), here is a transcript of the hard-to-obtain seminal sermon he preached before the king (James I) in March 1604, just after the Hampton Court Conference. Field’s Sermon on Jude 3 (270kB pdf)

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A Bridge over Troubled Waters

A number of readers have asked if this old paper is ever going to make its way on to the site, so here it is. It was written somewhat tongue in cheek, and so must be read likewise. No green-ink letters from ‘Tetchy of Tonbridge’, please! Bridge over Troubled Waters (436kB pdf)

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Creation and Evolution, Theories in Crisis

A Seminar held in Sydney Australia on 13th May 2011. Barry and Vernon Wilkins gave this presentation at the request of a local Anglican church in Baulkham Hills North. The Flash movies (.swf), or alternatively the PowerPoint (.ppsx) shows, for the main talks, complete with embedded soundtracks, are all on the Downloads page.

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Barry’s Noah Sermon

The Sermon at Baulkham Hills North Anglican Church on Sunday 3rd April, 2011, was the fifth in a series on the early chapters of Genesis. Under the title ‘Noah – a Man of Our Time in a World of His Time’, the sermon covers the text from Genesis 5:28 – 8:22, and explores one particular […]

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Preaching to the Spirits in Prison

The notion of Christ ‘preaching’ to the ‘spirits in prison’ in 1 Peter 3, has fascinated commentators for ages. This now revised and extended paper proposes an outside-the-box take on this much discussed passage. It offers a much more natural and entirely useful understanding of words which have usually been taken in a rather obscure […]

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Yahweh our Saviour

Yahweh is the covenant name of God, used nearly 6,000 times in the OT. But what does the name mean? This paper suggests an answer. Yahweh our Saviour (567kB pdf)

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The Persuasiveness of the Various Origins Views

The Origins Debate is surely one of the most vexed within the twin arenas of science and Christianity. Huge confusion and uncertainty surrounds the issue – except of course in the well made-up minds of the determined proponents of the various viewpoints. After a lifetime’s interest and wide reading on the matter, I find myself […]

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The Science and the Bible Origins Debate

The Science and the Bible Origins Debate is certainly one of the most vexed of all discussions in the evangelical Christian arena. In 2008 Christ Church Bromley, UK, hosted a debate on the subject. The .mp3 audio files, the PowerPoint demonstrations used by the two speakers, and an open response from two of us who […]

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