I wasn’t going to succumb to this meme but in the light of the fact that I have enjoyed reading the confessions of so many others, I felt duty bound to add my own contribution, not least as a way of getting out of a lack-of-blogging rut.
1. I confess that, despite David Bentley Hart, I still love listening to Wagner (Bach as well mind you).
2. I confess that some times I wonder whether I should really be a Roman Catholic, but that in the end I am not sure I could be anything other than a Baptist (despite some fundamental differences with much of what passes for standard Baptist opinion on matters liturgical, doctrinal or ethical).
3. I confess that although I love Manchester and could live here my whole life, there is a place in my heart that is always Oxford.
4. I confess that every attempt I have ever made to introduce some basic spiritual discipline in my life has failed … miserably.
5. I confess that it annoys me when comments in favour of contextual approaches to theology are accompanied by comments disparaging the historical western theological tradition and used as a way of avoiding the necessary in depth engagement with it. The point is that the whole lot, from Paul, through Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin and Barth is contextual theology.
6. I confess that I still think that Greek should be mandatory for anyone studying for the ordained ministry of word and sacrament.
7. I confess that I can be really rather lazy and that I do not write as much as I should.
8. I confess that I fear that I am more of a politician than a prophet – and this bothers me.
9. I confess that I often think that being a Baptist minister is the thing that has kept me Christian and that becoming a NT scholar and teacher is the thing that has kept me in ministry.