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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…

Everybody Hides

August 13th 2014 by Posted in Blog 0 Comments

Psalm 46 is always a highly valued text in times of war.  Which is probably why, for a while now, we haven’t heard too much about it.  Maybe we should? In the past the news of an impending threat would come in the form of a breathless messenger coming from the next town.  Today we | Read More…

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…

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