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On Systematic Theology: Recommended Reading

Dec 16, 2012

Systematic theology, as the name implies, is simply a systematised presentation of biblical theology. Theological themes and concepts are scattered throughout the Bible, so the systematic theologian simply seeks to take all this and present it in a more orderly

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Though the Nations Collapse…

Nov 22, 2012

We live in distressing times. But given our historical amnesia, we forget that so have many other people. Indeed, history is full of desperate and difficult times. And history is also the story of God at work. The short book

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A Review of Love Wins. By Rob Bell.

Apr 15, 2011

HarperOne, 2011.

You can always tell when someone is losing the plot biblically speaking. Whenever the mainstream media starts lapping up what you have to say, then you need to worry about whether you can still maintain your Christian credentials.

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On the Attributes of God

Apr 10, 2011

There is no greater topic to write or reflect upon than that of God himself: his nature, his character, and his person. As our creator and eventually as our judge, he is the one whom every one of us has

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The Love of God

Mar 7, 2011

Of all the attributes of God, his love is the one most often held up as fully and compellingly expressing who he is. While all the attributes of God are equally important, and while his holiness might also be a

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The Wrath of God

Mar 6, 2011

Now that I have just upset the apple cart with a recent article on the justice of God, I might as well go the whole hog and tackle another topic which is increasingly becoming taboo – and I mean in

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On God’s Justice

Mar 6, 2011

It is a bit risky to speak about God’s justice today, and here I especially have in mind talking to other believers about it. We have had such wishy washy views of God enter our churches that few want to

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Ryle On Holiness

Feb 18, 2011

I have written about holiness before, and I have written about J.C. Ryle before, but so impressed am I about the man and his writings, that I must revisit these topics again. The English evangelical has left us a great

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On Divine Jealousy

Jan 18, 2011

A sad reality is that many people who call themselves Christians really believe and act little differently than atheists. Both share a common trait. Both don’t want God meddling in their lives. Both live and act as if they are

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The Fear of God

Aug 29, 2010

This is a topic not often heard in today’s churches, and when it is, it is often misunderstood. Many believers think it has no place in contemporary Christianity, and if it is mentioned, it is usually with the disclaimer, “Oh,

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On Divine Love (and Wrath)

May 27, 2010

God is the most important and profound topic there is (of course he is more than just a topic), and his love may be his most noted attribute, so I realise it is extremely risky to attempt to discuss these

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Love and Hate, Biblically Speaking

May 26, 2010

Many believers know the truth of Scripture which tells us, “God is love”. But many people – believer and non-believer alike – seem to think this is all there is to say about God. Moreover, their understanding of divine love

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On Biblical Love

Aug 12, 2008

Without doubt the love of God is one of the great themes of the Bible. It may also be one of the more misunderstood themes as well. This is not the place to enter into a fully-orbed discussion of this

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Whatever Happened to Hell?

Jun 26, 2008

A recent report about religion in America found that while most Americans believed in heaven, a lesser amount believed in hell. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 74 per cent of Americans believed in heaven, but

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