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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…

Fear of Freedom

May 30th 2014 by Posted in Blog 1 Comment

One of the prevailing responses to the message of free-grace or the freedom found in Christ is fear. This fear has as its basic assumption that free-grace in Christ won’t actually lead to good works, but leads to inactivity at best or licentiousness at worst. Instead, one must see the Law as God’s means to | Read More…

Righteous?

May 21st 2014 by Posted in Blog 0 Comments

Righteousness—and how to achieve it—is at the heart of Christian faith. But what, according to the Bible, makes us righteous? Another word, justification – “to be made righteous”, refers to the same issue: how do we come into a proper standing with God? In Christianity at least three ways of determining righteousness have been promoted: | Read More…

Amazing Grace

May 12th 2014 by Posted in Blog 2 Comments

A few weeks ago I had a very encouraging conversation with a thrilled believer. She had read a book about God’s grace and it was a delight to see her so stirred by what she saw there. She described how amazing it is that even though she was so guilty, the judge has paid the | Read More…

Looking Forward to Death

May 6th 2014 by Posted in Blog 0 Comments

The last few days I’ve been reminded that death could happen for any one of us at any moment. Even a random, unthinkable event could take life in a blink of an eye. For those of us who live in the industrialized world, a near death experience or even a loss of a loved one | Read More…

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