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A History of Assumptions

August 8th 2014 by Posted in Blog 0 Comments

In the last week or so I’ve been revisiting the primary sources of the often so-called New England Antinomian Controversy of 1636-1638. I’m repeatedly struck by the differences that were discovered among a group of people that assumed they were all on the same theological page. Yes, they knew that differing opinions were held with | Read More…

Justified

July 30th 2014 by Posted in Blog 0 Comments

Where do we stand with God? Is he pleased with us? Are we confident about the future—sure about eternal life? Hopefully, yes, but let’s pause to think about it. And let’s ask the question in light of God as the Father, Son, and Spirit God. Justification—our engaging God’s righteousness—is a biblical linchpin for Christians. The | Read More…

Sowing to the Spirit?

July 23rd 2014 by Posted in Blog 0 Comments

In Galatians, Paul makes several reference to living by the Spirit, walking in step with the Spirit, being led by the Spirit, and sowing to the Spirit.  What does this look like in every day life? It seems to me that the Spirit tends to suffer on both sides of the church today.  On the | Read More…

Don’t you find Jesus boring?

July 16th 2014 by Posted in Blog 1 Comment

Boredom. It can set in for all different kinds of reasons. I remember as a kid, it was usually because what had previously entertained me became predictable. Overuse (or abuse) of that entertainment meant that playing video games, shooting hoops, watching TV, riding my bike, etc., began to grow stale.   Somehow, in some way, I | Read More…

Heartfelt Knowledge

July 9th 2014 by Posted in Blog 2 Comments

Knowledge can be interesting, useful, and random. This morning I experienced random knowledge on a BBC radio program. The presentation featured an expert on the properties and uses of lithium. He helped connect two worlds for me. On the one hand I knew that lithium is used to treat bipolar disease. On the other hand | Read More…

Ministry Wilderness Temptations

July 2nd 2014 by Posted in Blog 0 Comments

Jesus was tempted in the wilderness at least twice.  I know, there were three temptations, stones to bread, etc.  But I am thinking about the other temptation time described in Mark 1:35-39.  Mark launches his gospel with “a day in the life of Messianic ministry.”  During that Sabbath the first disciples got to see Jesus | Read More…

Poem

June 24th 2014 by Posted in Blog 3 Comments

This poem was written by Charlie Carron, from Bristol. He has just completed the 2014 Cor Deo full-time program and was a real blessing! Let us know what you think. Hear more from him on twitter: @CharlieCarron ——————————————————– I’ve spent too long having my steps directed By those keen to have God’s character dissected: As if ‘grace’ | Read More…

The “I” in My Holiness

June 20th 2014 by Posted in Blog 0 Comments

There’s a subtle and natural hiss in the conversation that surrounds the pursuit of holiness–that is, it becomes inevitably centered on the unholy-trinity of me, myself, and I.  The traditional rendition of the “pursuit for holiness” warrants my personal effort to behave righteously; and sanctification, therefore, has as its central quality a personal introspection and | Read More…

Evangelism

June 10th 2014 by Posted in Blog 0 Comments

My friend is an evangelist, a global Christian activist who offers the gospel whenever and wherever he finds opportunity. After any restaurant meal, for instance, he’ll fold the tip in a gospel tract. His voicemail message offers a gospel invitation to callers. His favorite strategy is to take non-Christian friends golfing in order to engage | Read More…

Satan Hates the Holy Spirit

June 2nd 2014 by Posted in Blog 0 Comments

I think this might just be a blind spot in contemporary theology.  We know that Satan hates God and marriage and evangelism and even church planting.  But I have never heard anyone reference his hatred for the Holy Spirit. As I ponder this idea I see more and more evidence to support the statement used | Read More…

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