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Michael Jensen has contributed 14 articles

Radiohead: OK Computer

by Michael Jensen

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There’s a curse on the yuppie set, ambition driven, the Thatcherite banker (I imagine) who is charmingly ruthless, the ‘Gucci little piggy’, made ugly by ambition. The alienated and lonely soul of the song goes unrecalled and unnoticed by the cliques that dominate the city.

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Theological Stuff You Should Know (2) – Ectypal Theology

by Michael Jensen

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We can be confident that what knowledge we have of God is true knowledge – a knowledge that is saving, and personal, and real. But we also ought to be humble. We should be aware of our own capacity for error. We should be aware that whatever we say about God is not a mastery or a limitation of who he is. We speak of God with confidence, but also with fear and trembling, for we are walking on holy ground.

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Theological Stuff You Should Know (1) – Anhypostasis / Enhypostasis

by Michael Jensen

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If Jesus is not fully God and fully human, then the cross – which is our only hope – is either pointless or unjust. If he’s not fully God, then it is the punishing of an innocent third party for our crimes, which is perverse. If he’s not fully human, then the whole thing is irrelevant to us, since he is not like us in any way. Christ’s human nature is not personal in itself, but is personalised by being united to the eternal person who is the second person of the Trinity.

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Fame, Fame, Fame

by Michael Jensen

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If you display your piety before everyone, then impressing everyone will be what you achieve. But God sees, not just our external aspects, but our heart. We may die completely forgotten, and lie unknown in some unmarked grave, with no-one to remember us. We may not make our mark, or leave a legacy. We may not float on the swell of an audience’s applause. It matters not: God who sees all, and who judges all, will not overlook us.

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The Image of God (1) – A Defining Destiny

by Michael Jensen

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The calling and destiny to which God calls requires certain capacities to speak, reason, choose and relate. But these capacities are secondary to our telos – the reason for which we were made. Ultimately there is no true understanding of what we are meant to be apart from Christ.

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Five Theologians You Should Know (5) – W. H. Griffith Thomas

by Michael Jensen

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William Griffith Thomas, d.1924, was a Welsh-English Anglican evangelical theologian who had a ministry on both sides of the Atlantic. He was what you might call a moderate Calvinist, he did not hold to the doctrine of "Limited Atonement" and refused to assert the traditionally strong view of predestination of many Reformed theologians.​

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Five Theologians You Should Know (3) – William Shedd

by Michael Jensen

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Shedd's treatment of hell may seem unbalanced, but it is rooted in his extensive discussion of the atonement as necessitated by the determination of God to punish sin in humankind. Why should hell be endless for finite creatures who committed momentary crimes? Shedd argues that “the continuous nature of guilt necessitates the endlessness of retribution”.

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Five Theologians You Should Know (1) – Peter Lombard

by Michael Jensen

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We should know about him first, because of his strenuous effort to know the deep things of God in as logical and ordered a way as possible using all the resources at his disposal – and we still have to do that today. Secondly, we should know about him because he is simply one of the most influential, agenda-setting theologians of all time.

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Is Reformed Theology still relevant?

by Michael Jensen

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The theology of the Reformed tradition is a word that twenty-first century Australia needs to hear. It presents a diagnosis of the human condition that is a genuine challenge to the prevailing winds of humanism. It says: without Christ, human beings are without hope. It does not give us a false comfort; it provides us instead with a searing diagnosis of the human soul – one that is confirmed again and again by experience.

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