September 2009 Archives

Trinity and Salvation

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In my sermon on John 14:16-17 last week, I introduced the important topic of the Holy Spirit as the "other Paraklete".  I talked at some length about how the Spirit carries forward Christ's work as the Spirit Anointed Messiah in... continue

Will a Loving God Condemn People to Hell?

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It is a question that came my way recently: will God really condemn good people to hell? And the answer is yes. However, we need to approach the answer with some deliberate sensitivity. First, we need to assert three inviolable... continue

Of Dogs and Churches

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Derek's post really got me thinking . . . about dogs. Just kidding.  He got me thinking about loving the church.  My memories are the same as Derek's but have a different starting point.  They go way back past when I was 17. ... continue

New Free Church website

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You may be interested in the re-launched and re-designed website of my own denomination, the Free Church of Scotland. Click here.... continue

Falling in Love with the Church -- again

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“Love me, love my dog,” they say, and my poor dog has been sick all summer and continues to be in bad shape. But it is not dogs I am writing about here; it is the church. Jesus seems to... continue

Not afraid of bad news

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I have been using Spurgeon's Morning and Evening readings more or less for the past thirty years, and they never fail to amaze me with their pastoral insight and their constant relevance. Having been thinking recently of the number of... continue

Two Weeks Behind, But Marketing Like Crazy

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The first week of September (!) I received my first piece of Christmas mail: a holiday subscription offer from Time magazine.  This week I received a similar offer from Christianity Today.  That's evangelical Christianity for you: a couple of weeks... continue

The Human Condition

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One of the many books I enjoyed reading this summer was Original Sin, by Alan Jacobs.  The book included this gem of a quotation from novelist Rebecca West: "If the whole human race lay in one grave, the epitaph on... continue

Check out Glimpses

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Many of you may already know of this, but in case you don't . . . The folks at Christianity Today put out a wonderful bulletin insert called Glimpses of Christian History.  It's a four-page, full color piece they put... continue

Why Churchless Christianity Doesn't Work

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Katie Galli at CT interviews Kevin DeYoung about his recent book (co-authored with Ted Kluck), Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion.... continue
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