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Philippians 1:25-26 Devotional

Philippians 1:25-26. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that...

A Broad Critique of Christus Victor

My previous post introduced this series, which will reflect specifically Gustav Aulén’s Christus Victor and more generally on that view of the atonement. In the first post we considered the...

Philippians 1:21-24 Devotional

Philippians 1:21-24. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour...

Fridays with Fred: Existentialism and Entertainment

“One hears a lot of talk about men, but none at all about man.” So wrote Friedrich Nietzsche in his Aphorisms on Love and Hate. To the skim reader, you...

Retrieving Christus Victor

Despite the criticisms levelled against Mel Gibson’s The Passion, especially from Protestant quarters, his portrayal of Gethsemane is profoundly theological. After pleading with the Father to be spared the cross,...

Philippians 1:18-21 Devotional

Philippians 1:18-21. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to...

The Mortification of Aimee Byrd

It’s possible that you’ve never heard of Aimee Byrd and - even if you have - you may be unaware of the controversy surrounding her recent book, prompting a response...

Philippians 1:15-18 Devotional

Philippians 1:15-18. It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I...

Fatherhood: A Personal Reflection

In 1 Thessalonians 2 Paul likens his ministry to motherhood and fatherhood. It would be a mistake to consider either description normative. But it would also be unfortunate to miss...