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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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Recent Readings in Theology

Apr 9, 2011

Important new books in the areas of theology, biblical studies, apologetics, ethics and related fields continue to emerge, and I try to keep up with some of these volumes, at least those I consider to be some of the better

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In Defence of Theology

Sep 26, 2006

We live in an age that is hesitant about, or indifferent to, the use of reason, study, mental discipline and religious education. Truth is under attack, religion is despised, and logical thinking is often ignored. Needless to say, in such

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America, Apathy and Apostasy

Aug 3, 2016

One thing about politics and elections: it always brings out the best and worst in people – and that is true of Christians as well. On the one hand we will have millions of people – believers and non-believers –

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Co-belligerency, Again

Dec 12, 2015

Every now and then I need to revisit a topic because it keeps popping up and I need to keep restating some basic truths. In this case, it is on the issue of co-belligerency. Co- what? I am glad you

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God and Gender

Oct 29, 2015

Is God male or female? This question is often asked in recent times, and it is especially raised by feminists – both religious and secular. However the question had actually been discussed early on in Christian history. But it

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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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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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Whither Biblical Discernment?

Jun 2, 2013

I believe it is not amiss to suggest that biblical discernment may be at an all-time low in the contemporary church. Our ability to think biblically about what is taking place in our world and in our culture seems to

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Yet More Recommended Reading

May 3, 2013

Here is another in an irregular series on new books which I am happy to recommend. This time it features a mix of titles by both Christian and non-Christian authors. Topics covered include theology, politics, ethics, Islam and history.


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Three Cheers For Dogmatism

Apr 3, 2012

Have you ever been accused of being dogmatic? If so, go your way rejoicing, and wear it as a badge of honour. Being dogmatic is a good thing. Of course with so many things nowadays, the term has taken on

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On Loving God’s Law

Feb 1, 2012

As I near the end of reading through the Psalms – as part of my read-the-Bible-in-a-year regime – a few things are worth highlighting. One is how differently the psalmists seem to regard God’s law than we do. While the

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On Sin

Aug 5, 2011

If there is any one word to describe why Jesus came and what he did, it is Saviour. Of course the Greek word Jesus has this very meaning, as is spelled out in Matthew 1:21: “She [Mary] will give birth

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On Desiderata

Jan 22, 2011

A commentator recently said he found the “poem Desiderata to be very beautiful. Its advice is not incompatible with the teachings of Christ, in my opinion.” Instead of posting a quick reply to that comment, I thought it worthwhile to

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