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All articles in category Biblical/theological

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July 2020
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Is a Christian woman forbidden to wear jewellery?

‘Should a Christian woman wear jewellery?’ I was asked that question by a member of the church I pastor. We’ll call her Rita. Rita had been reading an article which said that no Christian woman should wear jewellery, even a wedding-ring. So she wanted to know, did I agree? I wasn’t ready to give…

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June 2020
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Pictures of Jesus?

I’ve been searching the internet. I wanted to buy a present for some Christian friends. They live in an Eastern European country, have been married five years, and have two small children. I was looking for a book they could use to introduce their children to the Bible: a children’s Bible, or at least…

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June 2020
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At the potter’s house

Have you ever visited a pottery? I was in the trade for thirty years and they are interesting, educational places — something the prophet Jeremiah learned. He was told by the Lord to ‘Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear my words’ (Jeremiah 18:2). What words did…

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January 2020
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Divided we fall

A new year! 2019 is over. When you read this, 2020 will have begun. What will I remember about the year that’s gone? I will look back on many things with joy and gratitude. But other things have cast heavy shadows. And among those things, some of the darkest shadows have been the divisions…

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January 2020
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The pastor’s wife

Nowadays when submitting research articles for publication in scientific journals it is standard that we complete a disclosure statement to declare any conflicts of interest (COI) which might have influenced what we have written. Thus, I realise that for this article I need to declare my COI: Conflict Of Interest Statement: The author declares…

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January 2020
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Loved with everlasting love

We often think we truly know a scriptural passage, only to dig a little deeper and be pleasantly surprised. For me, Revelation 3:20 fell into this category. It is often misunderstood. It has been applied evangelistically, used to urge unbelievers to ‘open the door’ of their heart to Jesus as he stands outside knocking.…

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October 2019
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Archaeology backs up the Bible

Remember the time when ‘scholars’ claimed that the Bible is not reliable history? It was confidently asserted that biblical personalities and incidents were ‘mythological,’ created to set forth religious views of the ancient Hebrew people.  Well, folks, a new day has dawned.  We know now that the Bible is historically and scientifically accurate. There…

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August 2019
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The death that ends death

Notes of an address given at the burial of Iain H. Murray’s son, Stephen R. Murray (1956-2019) at the Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh, March 7, 2019 God is revealed to us in Scripture as ‘the God of all comfort’ (2 Corinthians 1:3). The Bible is a book of comfort for believers and, for our comfort…

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August 2019
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November 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological > Scientific (including creation)

Paul’s use of Genesis 1-3 in Romans 1

What the apostle Paul teaches in Romans 1:18-32 is central to an apologetic argument for the existence of God; and central to understanding why people reject God’s existence, and the consequences that flow from that rejection. We can see Paul working out Genesis 1-3 in Romans 1 in three specific areas — creation, spirituality…

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November 2018
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Bible superlatives

One of the late Muhammad Ali’s catchphrases was ‘I am the greatest’. In his prime, of course, Ali was an outstanding boxer and, as a man, transcended the sport, becoming one of the most well-known men on the planet. Yet the best of men are men at best. Ali was only human, with all…

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September 2018
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Praise and prayer: reflections on Psalm 134

Psalm 134, which has only three verses, is the last of the fifteen psalms with the heading ‘A Song of Ascents’ (ESV).  In the Jewish Scriptures the headings were part of the Psalms. The pilgrims sang these psalms when they travelled to Jerusalem for worship. As they ascended up to Jerusalem they lifted up…

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