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Latest Poll Results

During the last semester, Midlands Bible College and Divinity School ran the following poll on its website.

Other than the core Christian beliefs, which is the most important issue facing today’s Church?

Ecumenism  22.7%  (184 responses)
Human Sexuality  18.8%  (153)
Sanctification  15%  (122)
Israel  14.5%  (118)
The End Times  9.5%  (77)
Gifts of the Spirit  7.6%  (62)
Calvinism and Arminianism  4.2%  (34)
Environmental Issues  3.9%  (32)
Church Government  3.7%  (30)

Total votes cast: 812

For details of the college’s latest poll, which explores Bible translations, go to www.midbible.ac.uk and cast your vote.

Dr. Stephen M. Vantassel is tutor at King’s Evangelical Divinity School

Giver-Gift-Love?? Trinity Revisited

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A. branch) thought it should revisit the language used in referring to the Trinity. In a 40 page draft report http://www.pcusa.org/theologyandworship/issues/trinityfull.pdf, they discuss their motivation and ideas for deepening the church’s understanding of the eternal mystery of the Trinity. Certainly this activity is commendable. PCUSA is quite right that the Trinity is an essential doctrine of the church and one that is extraordinarily practical for the life of a believer.
But a comment on p. 8 which notes that the traditional language for the Trinity, Father-Son-Holy Spirit, has been used to oppress people, particularly women (p.8) could suggest that the motivation behind this work rests more on feminism than being faithful to Scripture.
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