Time for another smile. Everyone’s heard of ‘Murphy’s Law’. Not everyone realises that there’s a whole family of them. Here are a few members of the family:-…
It might seem strange to describe the doctrine of the love of God as ‘difficult’. But it is, and D.A. Carson explains why.
1. Because if people today believe in God at all, then they are almost certain to believe that he is a God of love, and yet the very concept of love is likely to be shaped by the surrounding culture rather than by Scripture. For example, in Jodie Foster’s Contact the unexplained intelligence is ‘suffused with love, wisely provident, gently awesome’.…
Here’s a summary of J.C. Ryle’s teaching on this great subject, based on Eph 3:8 – ‘Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.’
1. What Paul says about himself
Here is a man of great gifts and achievements, yet he calls himself, ‘less than the least of all God’s people.’ See Phil 3:12; 1 Cor 15:9; 1 Tim 1:15; Rom 7:24. …
In many cultures, children are not really recognised as persons in their own right. In Western society, it took authors such as Lewis Carroll to begin portray children as creative and playful.
In New Testament times, children were seen as relatively insignificant and unimportant. This is hinted at in the Gospels, where Jesus as a child is rarely mentioned by name (Matthew refers to his as ‘the child’ eight times, and Luke does the same for both John and Jesus – see Lk 1:76; 2:48).…
I read somewhere of a man who was working in the garden of his new home, when his lawnmower had broken down. He tried fruitlessly for two hours trying to get it going again. Suddenly, one of his neighbours appeared with a handful of tools. “Can I help?” he asked. In twenty minutes he had the mower working beautifully. “Thanks a lot,” the newcomer said. “And may I ask you, what do you make with such a fine set of tools?” “Friends, mainly.”
George Eliot wrote: ‘Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort, of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.’
On the other hand, it is easy to treat people as means to a selfish end. …
‘Honesty’ covers a family of virtues of truthfulness. These include:-…
Following are my sermon notes on the doctrine of election. This was preached at Holy Trinity Church, Norwich, in April 2006. The text was Eph 1:3-14.
We have been considering a number of aspects of the doctrine of salvation:
Creation – God made us to glorify him and enjoy him for ever.
The Fall – through our own disobedience we have become alienated from our Maker.
Inability – we are powerless to save ourselves.
Redemption – the price has been paid.
‘To justify’ is a legal term meaning ‘to acquit’, ‘to declare righteous.’ It is the opposite of ‘to condemn’.
According to the Puritan Thomas Watson, ‘justification is the very hinge and pillar of Christianity. An error about justification is dangerous, like a defect in a foundation. Justification by Christ is a spring of the water of life. To have the poison of corrupt doctrine cast into this spring is damnable.’
J.I. Packer writes that ‘in Scripture, God is ‘the Judge of all the earth’, (Ge 18:25) and his dealings with men are constantly described in forensic terms.…