• ‘A better story’ – 12

    Our 'better story' for sex and marriage begins as we are welcomed into God's ...

  • ‘If the church were Christian’ – 2

    Philip Gulley puts it like this:- If the church were more Christian, 'affirming ...

  • ‘If the church were Christian’ – 3

    By the time we reach chapter three of Philip Gulley's book If the Church were ...

  • ‘Total depravity’ – an historical note

    In Evangelical Truth (p87) John Stott highlights a report, commissioned in ...

  • “This man receives sinners!”

    Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. ...

  • 2 Corinthians 5:21 – ‘God made Christ to be sin for us’

    2 Corinthians 5:21 'God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, ...

  • A tale of two families – sermon notes

    Romans 5:12-21. I wonder how far back you can trace your family tree?  Not ...

  • Adam and Christ – sermon notes

    Text: Romans 5:12-21. There are many different kinds of people in the world: ...

  • Adam and the Fall

    Donald MacLeod writes:- Do not forget that God pronounced man, the apex of ...

  • Ananias and Sapphira – sermon notes

    Text: Acts 4:32-5:16 It’s a shocking story.  What is our gut reaction? Disbelief? ...

  • Before and after – sermon notes (v2)

    Ephesians 2:1-10 Transformations.  DIY SOS, Restorations, Homes Under The ...

  • Calvin on ‘common grace’

    Calvinist theology is beset by some unfortunate terminology, which turns many ...

  • Can guilt be transferred?

    How can it be possible for guilt to be transferred from one person to another? ...

  • Celebrating the Cross

    Reflection on the death of Christ and its achievement, so far from being a ...

  • Does God hate the wicked?

    You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell. ...

  • Donald Macleod on ‘total depravity’

    Total depravity (a notorious phrase that invariably raises people's hackles) ...

  • Genesis 3 – traditional and revisionist readings

    I must admit that I'm not sure about where to place Genesis 3 on a scale between ...

  • God the Judge

    J.I. Packer writes: Knowing God, ch. 14.

  • Is the self to be affirmed, or repudiated?

    Christians, no less than many of their critics, can get in an awful muddle ...

  • Judgment according to works

    Recent re-thinking about the doctrine of justification throws up a related ...

  • Must God punish sin?

    Few Christians are willing to do any sustained thinking about sin.  Of course, ...

  • Needed: satisfaction for sin

    'With God all things are possible' (Matthew 19:26).  'Nothing is impossible ...

  • Original sin

    Definition 'Original sin', like some other terms ('total depravity', 'unconditional ...

  • Remedies against Satan’s devices

    William Spurstowe (1605-1666), along with other Puritan writers, catalogued ...

  • Repentance and revival

    SENSITIVENESS TO SIN If, as we have seen, a leading feature of revival preaching ...

  • Rom 7:24 – Who is the ‘wretched man’?

    Paul describes, in vv15-24, a high level of emotional turmoil.  But who is ...

  • Ryle on sin

    It was no accident that J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) gave the first chapter of his ...

  • Sin

    'If you have not learned about sin,' writes J.I. [...]

  • Sin and suffering

    Human sin is a general factor in explaining the presence of pain and suffering ...

  • Sin is…

    According to the Bible, sin is a rebellion against the divine law, and the ...

  • Sins of omission

    Brian Cosby writes: While sins of commission are often blatant and deliberate—transgressing ...

  • Steve Chalke on ‘total depravity’

    In chapter 13 of The Lost Message of Paul, Steve Chalke asks: Where does the ...

  • Steve Chalke on the neuropsychology of ‘sin’

    One of the strangest chapters in Steve Chalke's The Lost Message of Paul is ...

  • The medicalisation of sin

    D. A. Carson quotes Richard Topping: "Remember we live in a time when six of ...

  • Unmasking our self-sufficiency

    One of the big differences between God and ourselves is that he is self-sufficient, ...

  • Who hardened Pharaoh’s heart?

    The account of the ten plagues of Egypt frequently refers to the 'hardening' ...