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Reading Rightly

October 27th 2014 by Posted in Blog 3 Comments

Sound hermeneutics—the principles of interpretation—are crucial to effective Bible study. Good interpretation offers a reliable grasp of the meaning of a given text and a proper sense of how to apply it. This interpretive work comes as part of a Bible college education. Graduates ideally go on to coach church members in sound Bible study. | Read More…

The Legacy of Everyday Moments

October 20th 2014 by Posted in Blog 2 Comments

Jesus is impressive. I know this is obvious to many of us and maybe you’re thinking (with a hint of sarcasm), “Of course he is, Jesus is God!”   I could use the space of this blog to list all the ways he elicits the response “Awesome!” However, there’s one particular aspect of his character that | Read More…

The Greatest Peril for Bible Churches?

October 8th 2014 by Posted in Blog 4 Comments

Mark’s all-action Gospel is interrupted twice by blocks of teaching from Jesus.  The first, in chapter 4, feels so familiar.  A man went out to sow.  (Yes, we know that one.)  One type of seed, four types of soil, most unfruitful, only good soil really gives life, etc.  It is a familiar passage.  It is | Read More…

Conversion as Conversation

September 30th 2014 by Posted in Blog 3 Comments

My life-changing response to God’s love—my conversion—came through a conversation with Christ. I was a young skeptic—ready to dismiss my Sunday-School charade of faith—when a chain of unlikely events caught my attention. Was God at work? Did he actually exist? Or, more to the point, if he did exist was he trying to catch my | Read More…

Never Lose This

September 24th 2014 by Posted in Blog 0 Comments

Yesterday I was in conversation with a Polish church leader who vulnerably admitted something the rest of the group could relate to easily. “In the first years of my ministry I was extremely conscious of my dependence on God and aware of the need for God to work despite my weaknesses. However, as the years | Read More…

A Time When No Mirror Was Needed

September 18th 2014 by Posted in Blog 1 Comment

Have you ever stopped to think about the underlying motivations for looking in the mirror everyday? Maybe you haven’t, it’s just a pragmatic moment in the morning to make sure your hair looks right and you don’t have anything stuck in your teeth so you look appropriate for work or whatever. But even as I | Read More…

Catching the Spirit of Romans

September 9th 2014 by Posted in Blog 2 Comments

Through the centuries the Church’s perception of the Holy Spirit has often been overstated or understated. The Montanists, for instance, stirred a strong reaction by their claims of immediate Spirit-direction. And centuries later Joachim of Fiore mistakenly posited a new Age of the Spirit to displace the presumed passing of the ages of the Father | Read More…

The Incarnation In September?

September 1st 2014 by Posted in Blog 0 Comments

This month sees the UK release of my new book, Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation (Christian Focus).  So over on biblicalpreaching.net – my blog for preachers – I am running a guest series.  Great guest writers from the UK and USA will be offering brief posts on particular aspects of the Incarnation to | Read More…

A Burdenless Holiness

August 27th 2014 by Posted in Blog 0 Comments

When I have the opportunity to talk about holiness I find myself using the language of delight, love, joy, and freedom.  Inevitably this will rub someone the wrong way and they will ask a good question, “How can you say we have freedom to live how we want when we are given clear imperatives that | Read More…

You want what?!

August 18th 2014 by Posted in Blog 0 Comments

Everything. God wants everything we have, and all of who we are. Not more and not less. God’s ambition for us is heart-based: he wants whole hearts. That includes our mind, soul, and strength. Or, in contemporary terms, our time, our employment, our money, our devices, our attitudes, values, marriages, plans, and everything else we | Read More…

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