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On Recovering the Reality of Sin

Jan 9, 2017

There was a time when everyone pretty much knew they were dirty rotten scoundrels. Of course back then most people had at least a vague belief in God as well. Today in the West we tend not to believe in

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Are You Rejoicing Yet?

Dec 18, 2016

This is a follow-up article to a piece I wrote yesterday: “Are You trembling Yet?” It is a supplement to that article, not a corrective. In that essay I spoke about the God with whom we have to do, and

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“Just As I Am”

Sep 13, 2016

I had various opportunities to hear an American lay preacher and student of revival, Harry Conn last century. He often bemoaned modern evangelicalism and the watered down gospel it offered. He would discuss how our contemporary evangelistic meetings were often

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Christ Our Redeemer

May 11, 2016

While salvation comes as a free gift (Ephesians 2:8-9) it was incredibly costly to achieve. It cost Christ his life, so that he might redeem or ransom sinners and restore them to God. A great price was paid so that

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Christ Our Mediator

May 10, 2016

Conflicts, disputes, arguments and division are a part of life, as is the need to resolve such ruptures and heal such splits. People are always getting into conflict, and there is always a need for conflict resolution. This is what

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Notable Christians: Leon Morris

Apr 1, 2016

I do not have too many Australians in this series – indeed, this will be the first one. But Leon Morris, who was born and bred in Australia and served his Lord in distinguished fashion, is a worthy inclusion in

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Proclaiming Both Sides of the Gospel

Mar 30, 2016

While the English word “gospel” comes from the older English word “god-spell” which means “good news” or “glad tidings” (which in turn comes from the Greek word euangelion (which means “good message”), the biblical gospel in fact is a combination

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No it is Not Works!

Jan 25, 2016

My thesis is simple: To urge people to love Jesus more, to obey him more fully, and seek for increasing holiness and godliness is NOT about working your way to heaven. It is NOT ‘works righteousness’. It is NOT legalism.

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On Repentance

Jan 21, 2016

I think it may be a truism to say that the more unpopular a particular biblical teaching is, the more important and necessary it is. That certainly would be the case with the vital biblical doctrine of repentance which is

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Truth and Our Eternal Destiny

Dec 24, 2015

Truth is crucially important and adhering to what is true is far more vital than what we imagine. But trying to make this case becomes a hard sell however in an age which no longer believes in truth. To even

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Propitiation

Sep 24, 2015

Although this term is likely not known by most folks – even most Christians – it lies at the heart of the biblical understanding of the work of Christ on the cross. It is such a rich term and such

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Five Absolutely Vital Questions

Apr 1, 2015

Socrates long ago said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Yet tragically most people simply glide through life without any serious self-examination or intense introspection. Too many people keep themselves occupied with entertainment and trivial pursuits instead.

Not

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Sanctification: Cooperating with God

Mar 22, 2015

Let me set things straight at the outset: in terms of our initial regeneration, this is a work purely done by God. We do not contribute to it. There is no synergism here. It is by grace through faith alone.

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Antinomianism and the Hyper Grace Error

Feb 16, 2015

“There is nothing new under the sun” we are told in Ecclesiastes 1:9. And as Santayana once remarked, those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. The same goes for church history, which

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True Biblical Conversion

Feb 24, 2014

There are some vital biblical truths which are so utterly essential and important, that there is no problem in repeating them over and over again. Even though I have written on this topic often, and shared these passages often, I

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On Drinking the Cup

Aug 6, 2013

OK, another obscure title – but not too obscure for the biblically literate. I here wish to deal with an ongoing controversy about Christ, the cross, and the wrath of God. As I have written just recently elsewhere, there are

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Are You Really a Christian?

Jul 24, 2013

Auto-diagnostics, or self-testing, is done all the time by sensible people. They take regular stock, for example, of their health, and make sure everything is going OK. Thus women will wisely check for lumps in their breasts, to detect possible

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Basic Christian Conversion and Repentance

Jun 2, 2013

Fifty-five years ago the very important volume Basic Christianity by John Stott was published. Since appearing in 1958 it has gone through countless reprints and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. And well it should – it is a classic

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