One of the classic sections of the Bible when it comes to the question of God’s sovereignty vs human free will is Exodus 8-10: God vs Pharaoh. Throughout the plagues, the king’s heart swings..
Morality is essential to freedom. That is what John Locke meant when he contrasted liberty, the freedom to do what we ought, with licence, the freedom to do what we want. ... It is not that peop..
The most important thing about you: your mind. Not your brain, but your mind. You are, more than anything else, a mind. That is what makes you precious in a special way. Categorizing people and tr..
I came across this post by John Cooper (lead singer of Skillet ) this morning. It is written in response to a number of high-profile ‘influencer’ (i.e. pop culture famous) Christians announcing..
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried. GK Chesterton, What’s Wrong with the World
The NT does not proclaim grace where the OT proclaimed law, since God’s calling his people into healthy patterns of living was always his gracious gift. No, rather we see the same problem in the O..
Judgement is no longer on the basis of being part of the ethnic Jewish people of God; nor on the basis of whether we change and begin to obey God’s just commandments; but it is now on the basis of..
The account of how Jesus fed a crowd of ‘five thousand men, besides women and children,’ is well known (eg Matthew 14.13-21). Jesus has been teaching the crowd and healing the sick all day, ..
This week I was due to preach on Mark 13, but for various reasons it didn’t happen. Instead, I thought I’d write a blog post using the material I gathered as part of my studying for the sermon. ..
Archbishop William Temple put it like this: To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of..