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Redeeming Origen: The Godly Heretic

If you know anything about Origen, then chances are that it’s one of two things: he emasculated himself in striving for sexual purity, and his theology undergirds Rob Bell’s universalistic...

Basic Exegesis Diagram in isiZulu

One of the most exciting elements of my ministry this year is that of training lay preachers. In South Africa many rural churches share a pastor who alternates visiting churches...

The Lord is With You: Idiom Observations

Somehow the inevitable reading of an account that has likely been read or heard every year of my life was nevertheless fresh on Sunday. The reading was from Luke and...

Christmas: The Traditions of Men and Our Forgotten King

Quoting the prophet Isaiah, Jesus distinguished between the traditions of men and the commandments of God (Mark 7:6-8). Though critical of the Pharisees and scribes, Jesus was not merely an...

The Christ Event and True Christmas Spirit

In his classic work, Knowing God, Packer writes that the incarnation is the greatest mystery of the Christian faith. Referring to John 1:14, he says that at the first Christmas the...

The Ethics of Reading

Most people read to relax. It's much easier for me just to soak up the words as the pages turn than to consider the stance into which I am being drawn....

A Hero Died Today

A hero died today. Neither cast in cape, nor endowed with supernatural powers, Except that power of love unwavering. A hero died today. It is right for us, the world...

Doodle: “Isn't Exclusivity Intolerant?”

Few Christian doctrines are more vehemently scorned than exclusivity. Not only does it presuppose that large swathes of people are, and have been, very wrong about who God is, but...

William Golding and Original Sin

As Lord of the Flies draws to an end, William Golding writes, "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart." Though the story concludes with rescue,...