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James, Paul, Faith and Works

Dec 6, 2020

Do Paul and James differ on the matter of faith and works?

It has long been suggested that Paul and James are at odds when it comes to matters of faith and works. Some suggest that while Paul teaches salvation

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Preach the Law, Then Preach Grace

Dec 1, 2020

To appreciate the good news we must first hear the bad news:

It is always amazing just how biblically illiterate some folks are. Worse yet, there are plenty of Christians who think they know everything about the Bible, when it

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The Scandal of the Cross

Oct 14, 2020

Just what is the scandal of the cross, and why is it so offensive?

The cross of Christ is scandalous. The Apostle Paul made that clear in 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 where we read: “For Jews demand signs and Greeks

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Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?

Jun 1, 2020

Thoughts on ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’:

There are plenty of maxims, sayings, and clichés that routinely flow from the lips of believers. Some are more or less faithful to biblical truth while some are much less so. The

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Cooperating With God

Feb 28, 2020

Christians cooperate with God in their growth:

Let me preface my remarks with a few qualifying words. First, this will be a rather brief piece. I am on the road again doing some speaking and things are rather busy. So

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On Religious Sectarianism, Once Again

Jan 28, 2020

I need to keep saying why I believe what I believe:

While there are different forms of sectarianism out there, I am here focusing on that found in the Christian camp. One definition of sectarianism is this: “excessive attachment to

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Do You Ever Feel Like Giving Up?

Sep 12, 2019

When you are tempted to give up, think on these things:

I don’t know about you, but being a bit of a melancholic, I can often get discouraged and even be tempted to give up. Not to give up on

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Did Jesus Take the Father’s Wrath? Part 1

Sep 10, 2019

Was Jesus punished by the Father, receiving his wrath at Calvary?

Some Christians find it problematic, questionable, or even false, to suggest that the Father poured out his wrath on his Son at Calvary, and that the Son accepted –

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The Raising of the Cross

Sep 8, 2019

Here we find combined great art and great theology.

Those who are somewhat switched on not just to basic Christianity but to the world of great art will know that I have a double meaning in my title. I refer

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Sin, Adam, Christ, and a Little Latin

Jul 22, 2019

An odd title, but some might find theology to be a little odd. But theological investigations can be of real use in helping us better understand Scripture. And sometimes knowing a bit of Latin can be rather useful as well.

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On Original Sin – Part One

Jul 18, 2019

Let me begin with a few prefatory remarks. This is just an overview of one Christian issue which Christians can well differ on. I happen to have a point of view on this, but I realise that there is some

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On Original Sin – Part Two

Jul 18, 2019

The first half of this article introduced the concept of original sin and looked at a number of biblical passages that can be used to support the idea. Here I need to offer some remarks about how this has played

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Christian Assurance

Jul 12, 2019

Most Christians can struggle at times with doubts about their walk with God. They might question if they really are Christians or not. Such internal struggles may be a good sign indeed – those who are not believers would not

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The God of Israel

Jul 1, 2019

“I the Lord do not change.” We find that statement in the Old Testament – in Malachi 3:6. The New Testament affirms the same truth. For example James 1:17 says this: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Ephesians 2

Oct 27, 2018

I have often written about the incredibly gifted and anointed Welsh preacher and teacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Many times I have spoken about his tremendous 14-volume set of expository sermons on the book of Romans. No Christian library should be without

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