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For God’s Own Glory

Sep 4, 2020

Thoughts on the glory of God:

If we had to pick a major theme of biblical theology, it would be the glory of God. While we have all heard the Westminster Shorter Catechism on this so many times, it is

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Arrogant Leaders Will Be Dealt With

Aug 30, 2020

All proud and evil rulers will soon enough have to give an account:

In a recent article I looked at Daniel chapter 4, and the story of the most powerful ruler of the day, Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Because of his

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The Tender Heart of God

Aug 15, 2020

The tender heart of God for his people is wonderful news:

In 1983 an American movie directed by Australian Bruce Beresford was released called Tender Mercies. I am not sure if I have actually seen the whole

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Can God Sin? Round Two

Jul 24, 2020

Could God ever choose to sin?

As has often been said, Christian beliefs are simple enough for a child to understand and believe. But they are also deep enough and complex enough to have exercised the greatest minds in human

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The Goodness of God

Jun 15, 2020

This is another remarkable attribute of our God:

There is nothing greater to think about, study, or meditate upon, than God and his attributes. If I was allowed only to read, think and write about this one thing alone, I

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On How Not To Read Scripture

Jun 9, 2020

Are you an approved workman as you handle God’s word?

Because even Spirit-filled believers are still finite and fallen and fallible, none of us of course will ever get the reading and interpreting of Scripture completely right. Nonetheless, one can

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On the Wrath of God

May 19, 2020

Is the wrath of God a divine attribute?

How should we understand the wrath of God? That the entire Bible teaches that God’s perfect holiness and hatred of sin entails wrath and judgment on unrepentant sinners is perfectly clear. This

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The Throne of God

May 16, 2020

We must not lose sight of the throne of God:

Throughout Scripture we read about God’s throne. It of course speaks to the rule and reign of God. It tells us about God’s sovereignty, his majesty, his dignity, his holiness,

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God Sees, God Knows, God Cares

Jan 18, 2020

God not only knows what we are going through; he also acts on our behalf:

That God knows everything and is aware of everything is a biblical given. He is God after all, and that includes his omniscience. He sees

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‘We Can Do Better Than Jesus’

Aug 22, 2019

Some Christians really seem to think that they can improve on Jesus!

One of the most appalling things you will find in some parts of the Christian church today is the mindset that we can actually do things better than

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Tozer and the Knowledge of God

Aug 19, 2019

The late great A. W. Tozer on knowing God:

There are certain topics that we can never have enough of. And there are certain authors that we can never have enough of as well. In this piece I will run

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Can God Sin?

Jul 24, 2019

It is not just kids who can ask some really tough questions – even really hairy theological questions. Adults of course can also ask plenty of meaty questions about God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. Assuming the ones asking these

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No, Ours Is Not a Star Wars God

May 4, 2019

Today is May the Fourth – and may it be with you! This date has now gone down in history as a commemoration of a film – indeed, a whole series of films. The first of the Star Wars films

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Sproul on God’s Holy Justice

Apr 24, 2019

Any excuse will do to write another piece on the late R. C. Sproul and one of his all-time classic works. The American theologian and pastor (1939–2017) wrote The Holiness of God back in 1985, with a revised version coming

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The Mercy of God

Feb 12, 2019

All of God’s attributes are wonderful, incredible, adorable, phenomenal, and glorious. But so often I have to meditate on the matchless grace of God – certainly when I look at my own life. How patient, gracious and merciful God has

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James Packer and Knowing God

Nov 2, 2018

There is no more important question that any of us can ask than this: Do I have a real knowledge of God? This means not just head knowledge, but personal, heart-felt knowledge based on a relationship with the living God.

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The Trinity for Dummies

Jul 3, 2018

OK, another somewhat misleading title – but an attention grabber perhaps. The truth is, when we are dealing with the most exalted, complex and mind-boggling reality there is – the God who is there – it can never be simple

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On Michael Curry and the Power of Love

May 20, 2018

Michael who? you ask. You know, the Black American preacher who spoke at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding. One thing that did get the attention of many people – for good or ill – was the somewhat lengthy

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