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All articles & reviews tagged with sanctification

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August 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Entering the sanctuary

Have you ever wondered about the unpredictability of God’s grace? In other words, have you wondered why so many different men and women, from all social classes, have been brought into the kingdom of God? Perplexity Acts 4:13 reads, ‘Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were…

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August 2019
Articles > Guest column

Why ‘same-sex attraction’ may be a misleading term

Like a swift flowing river, progressive culture seems to surge forward, sweeping all with it. Like dead branches, liberal churches are caught up in the stream. Sometimes evangelicals feel battered by the torrent, barely clinging to the bank. We need renewed confidence in the Spirit’s power. GK Chesterton stated ‘a dead thing can go…

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July 2019
Articles > Guest column

Are unwanted desires sinful?

Last month we contrasted who we are (God’s image bearers) with how we are (scarred by original sin). Rather than defining ourselves and others by the (often sinful) strongest urges we experience, we must embrace the gospel hope of the master restorer. The Spirit of God patiently restores fallen image-bearers to the glorious original:…

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February 2019
Articles > Guest column

Healthy Christianity: Transformed Life and Conduct

In previous articles we have been looking at the importance of balance in the Christian life, following the lead of William Williams, Pantycelyn (1717-91) who wrote a letter at the end of his life in which he said, ‘I have come to see that true religion consists of three parts: first true light respecting…

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November 1999
Articles > Historical

Spirituality: John Owen on the Holy Spirit and the mortification of sin

In the providence of God, the last few decades have witnessed a massive resurgence of interest in the Puritans. Central in this resurgence have been the works of John Owen (1616-1683) who was described by some in his own day as the ‘Calvin of England’. J. I. Packer says that he was ‘England’s foremost…

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November 1999
Articles > Guest column

Influential words from wise men

Over the years certain sayings have helped to clarify my thinking and have had a formative influence in my life. One such saying comes from Daniel Rowland (1711-90) who said that throughout his life he had been seeking to learn four lessons: 'to repent, without despairing; to be angry without sinning'. The fact that…

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November 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

WWJD?

In the United States many young Christians are wearing wristbands bearing the letters ‘WWJD’. The same bands have now become available in Christian bookshops in the United Kingdom. What do the letters WWJD mean, and what is the purpose of these wristbands? WWJD stands for ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ and the wrist-bands remind wearers…

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