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On God’s Immanence and Transcendence

Aug 5, 2013

There is no more important, profound and majestic theme than God, and to talk of his attributes is a sublime and never-ending discussion. Oceans of ink can never even begin to exhaust who God is and what he is like.

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The Real Love of God

Jul 30, 2013

Simply put, what most people talk about today when discussing God’s love has little if anything to do with the real love of God. That is, it is often a sentimental, humanistic understanding, which bears little or no likeness to

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The Divine Last Laugh

Jul 28, 2013

When believers think about God’s attitude toward sinners, they will automatically and correctly think along these lines: God loves sinners and wants them to forsake their sin and come back into a love relationship with him. Yes God indeed does

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Itching Ears and Hardened Hearts

Jul 27, 2013

A basic rule of thumb when New Testament Christians approach Old Testament texts is to discover its primary interpretation, while allowing for secondary applications. That is, the OT text must be allowed to speak on its own terms, and be

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Kingship, Disloyalty, and Amazing Grace

Mar 10, 2013

From my regular daily readings, some scriptures have stood out which have gelled together nicely for a devotional reflection. They centre on the nation of Israel but have plenty of application for Christians today. They remind us once again of

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Difficult Bible Passages: Luke 4:18-19

Mar 7, 2013

This passage as such is not so problematic – it only becomes so when one realises what Jesus is quoting from. He seems to cite half an Old Testament passage, omitting a crucial bit. And this crucial bit may appear

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Objects of Wrath

Mar 6, 2013

If you were to ask any hundred people on the street today about their condition, and what God thinks about them, the great majority would say something like, “Well, I’m not such a bad person, and I think God is

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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

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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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