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All articles & reviews tagged with sin

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November 2021
Articles

Damaged souls

It is a fundamental article of the Christian faith that each of us is born guilty and sinful. This truth has been confessed by Christians of all types down the ages. We are born guilty because of the sin of Adam, whose guilt was imputed to us even before we had any opportunity to…

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August 2021
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Worldly marriage: two sinners and ‘no God’

‘Marriage doesn’t work (just ask Bill and Melinda [Gates]) – so let me present some alternatives.’ This was the headline of a recent Guardian article by journalist Hadley Freeman which proved very helpful in demonstrating the ugly ‘fruit’ of a society that abandons the living God. Last year my book Biblical Marriage: Two Sinners…

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January 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

In the world but unlike the world

If you had no knowledge of Scripture but simply watched popular evangelicalism, you might reasonably infer that the church is under some order to imitate the world as closely as possible. Every popular fad or movement soon has a ‘Christian’ counterpart. Every product logo will eventually be mimicked with a religious slant, silk-screened onto…

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October 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

Filtering for repentance

A pitfall of contemporary evangelicalism is to mistake quantity for quality. How many attended the meeting? How many hits has the website had? What’s the view count of that uploaded video? These can easily become acid tests for how well ministries are faring. However, surveys and statistics concerning the spread of the gospel do…

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December 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow’

Outside the snow has just fallen. It looks so lovely and white when it first falls to the ground. But I can also see that it is not pure on the street, for it mingles with the dirt and grime and becomes a mushy mess. Many years ago, a young lady saw in her…

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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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