Choices

This morning we read a beautiful prayer from Arthur Bennett’s Valley of Vision, simply titled: Choices. The full prayer is here, but here’s some excerpts: Help me to place myself always under thy guiding and guardian care, to take firmer hold of the sure covenant that binds me to thee, to feel more of the purifying, […]

Love exemplified and love defined

https://vimeo.com/38033654 Love exemplified No human marriage captures love perfectly, but I think this wonderful story of Ian and Larissa (on Stuff.co.nz and the UK’s Daily Mail) comes close.   The judge that allowed the marriage remarked: “You two exemplify what love is all about. I believe that marriage will not only benefit you both but our […]

Do you skip the genealogies in your Bible?

Let’s be honest. If you’ve ever paced through a Bible reading plan, I’m sure you’ve been tempted to skip the genealogies. The listing of name after name, struggles with pronunciation, pondering whether having it in family tree diagram form would make a difference, and then getting to the end of the passage and feeling like it […]

Why we don’t believe sin provokes the wrath of God

In Chapter 4 of The Cross of Christ, The Problem of Forgiveness, John Stott identifies five vivid metaphors used in Scripture to illustrate that sin cannot approach God, and God cannot tolerate sin: height (Psalm 7:17), distance (Josh 3:4), light (1 John 1:5), fire (Heb 12:29), and vomiting (Rev 3:16). He continues, “[these] all say […]

Worshipping a crucified man?

Christians are often openly mocked for ascribing honour and worth to Jesus Christ. To skeptics and enemies of Christianity, it seems an absurd idea to worship a Jewish carpenter whose greatest accomplishment (humanly speaking) was to incite a riot and get himself executed. Yet John Stott points out that this derision is not new: “…Whether […]

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