Moderator’s Opening Address: The Sign of the Times

On Monday night 15 July 2019 I was installed as Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in New South Wales. This was my opening address and it contains a quote from Karl Barth's book "Faith of the Church". My address to you tonight is called: The Sign of the Times. Signs are visual messages … Continue reading Moderator’s Opening Address: The Sign of the Times

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Chapter 8 – One Bite at a Time

Julie Andrews sang, "Let's start at the very beginning. It's a very good place to start." In this excerpt from Marty Folsom's forthcoming book "Learning to Read the Church Dogmatics of Karl Barth (one bite at a time)" we begin at the begin with a summary of paragraph 1 of Volume 1, part volume 1, … Continue reading Chapter 8 – One Bite at a Time

Karl Barth on the hymns of his childhood

The children songs of Abel Burckhart gave Karl Barth his first theological education. Later Barth wrote: What made an indelible impression on me was the homely self-assurance with which these unpretentious verses spoke of the vents of Christmas, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, as though they could have taken place that very morning … Continue reading Karl Barth on the hymns of his childhood