Tag Archives: theology

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Calvinism vs Arminianism and the need for context

It's been a number of years since I got into heated (read: nasty) debates about Calvinism vs Arminianism, and indeed, I'm not proud of some of things I typed in those days, and for the prideful, hurtful things that I ...

The cost of forgiveness

Forgiveness is at the heart of the Christian gospel, but we cannot rightly understand it unless we first understand the nature of God's holiness and justice and our own standing before him. Some have declared that the atonement is cosmic child-abuse, and ask, ...

Review: The Next Story by Tim Challies

The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies 2011, Zondervan, Kindle Edition Are you concerned that you are becoming a slave to technology? Do you worry that you check your email / twitter / ...

What does it mean that Jesus defeated death? And why did he have to die?

Like many of my posts, this one was the result of a twitter comment*: What is death? Is death, as Nathan (@madmanwoo) puts it, 'no[t] existing' ? It appears that this defintion actually goes beyond the standard definition of death: Death is defined as ...

Bad Sound Bites: God helps those…

I'm starting a new series of oft-heard statements - soundbites - which are treated as truisms and axioms, but which are off the mark. We start with one heard not only by those who might have excuse for not being ...

Through the looking glass: Derek Webb on “Christian Art”

A partial cross post from my other blog. I don't really like the term 'Christian Art' as it is almost always far too narrow and generally ghetto-inducing. This is a great quote from Derek Webb on the whole issue, where he articulates ...

LORD and Lord and the divinity of Jesus.

I had to excise this from my sermon last Sunday, as it was too much of a tangent, but it's interesting, so here's the same idea modified to blog format. Have a look at  Romans chapter 10, where Paul writes: [9] because, ...

Are we really to believe..

Canon Jeremy Davies, Precentor at Salisbury Cathedral writes in The Church Times about his favourite hymns. One of those hymns is the very popular Getty / Townend song In Christ Alone (download the sheet music lead sheet free here!). This ...

Resting

Timmy’s body is now resting until the day that Jesus returns and makes all things new. On that day, Jesus will wipe away the tears from Timmy’s eyes, and Jesus will wipe away the tears from his parents’ eyes. On ...

Singing and human experience

The Bible recognizes the reality of the human experience and, in its songs, it allows God’s people to express their doubts, frustrations and sufferings with, of course, the word of comfort the gospel brings.The Briefing Library: The slow death of ...