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Tag = ‘sin’


Apr 2020
20

Sovereignty / Free will

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..

Apr 2009
30

Communities of Grace

Over the years I have frequently thought about the relationship between the uncompromising ethical stance of much of the New Testament (not least the Sermon on the Mount), and salvation as the free g..

Jan 2008
18

Paul’s gnosticism

I am currently reading through Romans with a friend at college, and we are up to Romans 7.   One of the things we mentioned was how easy it is to mis-read Paul and interpret what he says as gnostic. ..

Dec 2007
18

The wrath of God was satisfied

I have been reading some of the minor prophets recently, and it hit me quite how angry God is with his people, and with the nations surrounding them. Of Ninevah God says, ‘Behold, I am against you, d..

Dec 2007
9

Barth on Human Wickedness

This was originally published as a comment on another blog (edit: which has since been closed down) by Hueston Finlay on 13 May 2006. The author asked: ‘And what is the difference between the wickedn..

Oct 2007
19

Five-point Calvinism

I once got into an argument with a leader of a Christian organisation about various things, one of which was five-point Calvinism. The five points helpfully make up the word TULIP: Total depravity..

Mar 2007
1

The Spirit and Discipline

I had a fascinating discussion today with three other guys. We were talking about how to preach about holiness and drunkenness, without being judgemental. We talked about two dangerous opposites t..