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All articles in category Biblical/theological

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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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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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August 2018
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The lost art of biblical meditation

When you mention the word ‘meditation’, people react in different ways. This is because, sadly, the term has become rather plastic, capable of meaning different things. For most it speaks of Eastern religion, relaxation techniques and New Ageism. For Christians there is a puzzling divide between a christianised form of Eastern meditation and true,…

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August 2018
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The wonder of you

One of Elvis Presley’s many number 1 hit records has the lyrics: ‘When no-one else can understand me, When everything I do is wrong, You give me hope and consolation, You give me strength to carry on. And you’re always there to lend a hand, In everything I do. That’s the wonder, the wonder…

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August 2018
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The election of grace

‘Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace’ (Romans 11:5). Although many preachers are allergic to the matter of ‘election’, it was obviously deemed important by the prophets and apostles. The word ‘election’ appears five times in the New Testament, not to mention all the…

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August 2018
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The men who would not bow, budge or burn (1)

‘To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble’ (A. W. Tozer). Nebuchadnezzar was a mighty monarch, a successful general who never lost a battle, who reigned in Babylon for 40 years. God had spoken to him in the past, and he had even appointed God’s people to high positions in…

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August 2018
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Three true things said by Jesus’ enemies

Throughout his ministry the Lord Jesus Christ was subjected to intense scrutiny and criticism from his enemies. They made all sorts of false accusations against him. Yet some of these accusations were gloriously true, in spite of their wicked intention. In this article we look at three occasions when Jesus’ enemies said, in hostility,…

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June 2018
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Should we celebrate the sabbath on Saturday or Sunday?

Recently hearing a disturbing sermon from an elderly brother, I was constrained to respond to the things he was saying. This is how this article came to be written. He was a dear brother, a good-hearted man, who seems to have been shaken not by old Adventist arguments but by a new group, who…

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June 2018
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God is no man’s debtor

In the 1960s I was engaged to a young lady whose father was a self-employed mechanic. He purchased a plot of land and obtained permission from the local planning authority to construct a garage complete with car showroom, vehicle repair workshop, MOT testing facility and petrol sales forecourt. He entered into a financial agreement…

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May 2018
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Jesus’ Prayer Life

If we are to be Jesus’ disciples, then by definition, we are to learn of him. How then are we to learn from one we have never met? We cannot hear the words that come out of his mouth as those described in the Gospels did; but we can read those words, and hear…

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