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All articles in category Biblical/theological

April 2015
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Unusual events at Calvary

When the apostle Paul came to Corinth, he 'decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified' (1 Corinthians 2:2). The cross of Christ lies at the heart of the Christian faith.

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Deeply humiliated
April 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Deeply humiliated

We hate to be humiliated in any way. But our sin forfeits our right to honour and praise. Consider who we are: in ourselves, fully leprous in our souls and deserving of shame. But we crave praise, honour, and glory. Consider who Christ is: in himself, fully righteous, and deserving of praise, honour, and worship. But he received shame and ridicule in every way.

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March 2015
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The God who knows our name

In Psalm 147:4 we read that almighty God ‘determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names’. Then, in John 10:3, it is said of the Lord Jesus, the Good Shepherd, that ‘the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out’. It is surely a great comfort to know that God knows his children by name. Interestingly, there are four significant occasions in the Bible when God is shown to address a person by their name, not once, but twice. Divine covenant                    ...

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March 2015
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Seeing things as they really are

'Once upon a time', a young girl was sitting by herself in a city centre play park. She was wearing a worn dress and was barefoot and dirty. All the other children playing in the park ignored her and even the adults passed her by, never pausing to see if she was alright.

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March 2015
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Revisiting the New Calvinism

This article is a somewhat reluctant and brief follow-up to my short book, The New Calvinism considered: a personal and pastoral assessment (EP Books). The request to write it arose out of the departure of Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill in Seattle, and how Reformed evangelicals might or should respond to this event.

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March 2015
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Repentance

We live in a world of many voices. Politicians, sociologists, scientists and educationalists are all clamouring for our attention. But who do we listen to? Who is reliable? Who can give us what they say they can?

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February 2015
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Pursuing holiness

I recently studied The pursuit of holiness by Jerry Bridges for two reasons. First, sanctification was the topic of a British Reformed Fellowship conference in Scotland and, second, because the book has an accompanying study guide which our men’s group will consider using for the next year or so. Jerry Bridges, now aged 84, was an executive administrative staff member of the Navigators for many years, having first encountered them while in the US Navy. I first met Navigators in my student days at Edinburgh University and they were very influential in my early Christian life. God’s holiness Bridges sets out his thesis in the...

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February 2015
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The opening verse of the book of books

The first sentence of any book is always crucial, as it sets the tone for all that is to follow. Perhaps this is why many writers say the opening sentence is the most difficult to write. The book, the Bible, opens with the well known words of Genesis 1:1, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’. This verse is one of masterly conciseness and directs our attention at the outset to God himself. It rules out atheism, for it states what we all secretly know — that ‘God is’. It also rules out polytheism, for it directs us to the only one,...

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