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Mark Baddeley has contributed 8 articles

"Desiring the Kingdom" – A Review: (5) Disagreement

by Mark Baddeley

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Centuries of experience have taught us that practices do not retrain the heart automatically, but more normally immunize it. They act as a vaccine—creating a surface level Christianisation at the expense of harrowing the heart itself. Practices are important, but they aren’t a silver bullet. God’s work does not simply piggyback on ours, such that our working guarantees grace, and our lack of working guarantees the absence of grace.

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"Desiring the Kingdom" – A Review: (4) Different Paths

by Mark Baddeley

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"Desiring the Kingdom" reminds us that many practices, while neither inherently wicked or automatically godly, train us in ways that make it harder or easier to pursue the goods held out to us in the gospel. In evaluating them we can’t just look at their inherent moral value, we also need to ask what kind of person they aim to fashion us into.

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"Desiring the Kingdom" – A Review (1)

by Mark Baddeley

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If there was one book written in the last few years that I would want to put in the hands of pastors and preachers, this would be it. While I am not convinced by the way Smith “cashes out” his insights, he has done us an enormous service. His book functions as an intellectual midwife. It gets inside your head and reprograms your brain.

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The Ordered Godhead: (5) Final Reflections

by Mark Baddeley

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For Athanasius there is a fundamental coherence of person and work, act and being. They are one, and they act as one, both as a consequence of eternal begetting. The unity of the Godhead is thus upheld by grasping the implications of the eternal begetting of the Son, not by conceiving a unity apart from that relationship.

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The Ordered Godhead: (4) Athanasius and Nicea

by Mark Baddeley

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When we read the Nicene Creed in light of Athanasius, we see that the eternal begetting of the Son by the Father is of immeasurable significance. The Son’s equality with the Father, his being of the same essence as the Father, his differentiation with the Father, and the ability of his names to communicate a knowledge of who he actually is.

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The Ordered Godhead: (3) Speaking of God…

by Mark Baddeley

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When people simply dismiss ideas of eternal command or obedience because such notions must involve two wills, or violate divine unity, they’re moving too quickly. The same kind of reasoning would say that there can’t be three persons because that would mean three essences. It would prevent us talking about even the love of the Father for the Son. Christ's actions as man reveal his full equality. We find out who he is through his condescension, not in spite of it

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