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All articles in category Biblical/theological

July 2016
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Mass migration

In ET, July 2004, I wrote an article entitled, ‘The stranger within our gates’. Our Stockton congregation, like others, was experiencing an influx of asylum seekers. Some of the challenges included providing food, helping with accommodation and attending appeals against deportation. The situation impacted upon our worship and we ended up providing sermon notes in Turkish, and in French for DRC Congolese. Recently we have helped a european economic migrant. He had minimal English, and much time was spent overcoming the language barrier to complete forms for financial benefits so that his landlord could be paid. It is evident that, without border controls, such scenarios...

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The priesthood of all believers
June 2016
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The priesthood of all believers

Does Protestantism have a priesthood? If so, what is its form and purpose? One cannot read the Word of God without recognising that humanity needs a priest to mediate between a holy God and sinners. Old Testament worship was regulated by this rule throughout its Levitical priesthood, and this system was powerfully reflected in its religious institutions. Christ’s sacrifice In the New Testament era, however, Jesus Christ is the High Priest of the people of God (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 8:1-6). On the cross he offered himself as a spotless sacrifice to God, to atone for sins not his own (Ephesians 5:2). Risen and ascended, he...

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May 2016
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‘Beautiful in his time’ (2)

Jonathan Edwards, in A history of the work of redemption, demonstrates that a soteriological (saving) significance is traceable in nearly all of God’s works. He gives numerous scriptural examples to show how God, in different ways, is always preparing the field for the salvation of sinners. The Lord’s groundwork is even traceable in his acts of judgment. Soteriological fulfilment On using this Edwardsean hermeneutical principle for ourselves in the study of Scripture, we discover that the Lord displays what we might call a ‘soteriological eagerness’ in redemption (see ET, April 2015, p.29). This eagerness is exemplified in Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son. Here, the...

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May 2016
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Considering the covenants

Have you ever become so familiar with a building that, though you pass it many times, you don’t notice it? Some years ago, I was looking for a particular church in a small town. I went into a shop and asked if they could direct me. ‘No. Sorry, we’ve never heard of it’, was their reply. Walking a few paces away, I suddenly spotted the church on the opposite side of the road, although set well back. It had been there for 150 years or more, but the shop people had never heard of nor noticed it. How often, in the communion service, have we...

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April 2016
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The works of William Perkins

Recently, Christian literary organisation ‘Books At a Glance’ interviewed Stephen Yuille and Joel Beeke about the recent publication of The works of William Perkins. Here is the substance of that interview. Books: The publication of The works of William Perkins is a landmark event in Christian publishing. Long overdue, the republishing of this ‘father of the Puritans’ will give new life to Puritan studies. Edited by J. Stephen Yuille (Review editor for ‘Spirituality and Christian living’ here at Books At a Glance), under the general editorship of Joel Beeke and Derek Thomas, volume 1 is now available. We are pleased to have Drs Yuille and...

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April 2016
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‘Beautiful in his time’ (1)

The New England theologian Jonathan Edwards is famous for his description of the progress of redemption history: ‘It may here be observed, that from the fall of man to our day, the work of redemption in its effect has mainly been carried on by remarkable communications of the Spirit of God.’ ‘Though there be a more constant influence of God’s Spirit always in some degree attending his ordinances, yet the way in which the greatest things have been done towards carrying on this work, always have been by remarkable effusions, at special seasons of mercy’. These words have long provided the church with insight into,...

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April 2016
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‘Who raised Jesus from the dead?’

It is natural to inquire about the details of an event so important to us. But we should first remember that the Bible avoids providing us details about what happened within the tomb when Jesus arose in resurrection life. We know he was killed and buried, that the tomb was sealed and guarded by Roman soldiers. But the next thing we learn is that when the women arrive on the third day with anointing spices, the stone was rolled away, and Jesus was gone. The situation here is similar to that of the cross. God does not provide us intimate details of Jesus’ excruciating suffering....

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April 2016
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Meet Joseph of Arimathea – a major, minor character of the Bible

One of the major, ‘minor’ characters of the Bible is a man by the name of Joseph, who hailed from the Jewish town of Arimathea. Truth be told, we do not know a great deal about this Joseph, nor about his home town. It is as though he walks in and out of the limelight in just a few seconds. But the Holy Spirit, who caused the Bible to be written, has ensured that a brief paragraph is devoted to Joseph of Arimathea in all four Gospel accounts, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Spirit would have us know about and learn from Joseph, a...

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