Tag Scripture

Philippians 2:14-16 Devotional

Philippians 2:14-16. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you...

Words of Eternal Life

After a particularly challenging sermon during Jesus’ earthly ministry we are told, “many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him” (John 6:66). Some of Jesus’ followers...

Bray on Scripture: Experiencing God's Love

The denomination I belong to has been labelled many less than positive things. In fact, I was recently asked about a written statement I made in 2016, where I called...

Bonhoeffer on Scripture: God's True and Sufficient Word for Christians

A few weeks ago I started what I hope will be a series of posts developing a robust theology of Scripture. The first two articles looked at the writing of...

4 God Given Uses for the Bible

I recently taught 2 Timothy 3:10-17, on two separate occasions, and found myself stirred by this familiar passage. While studying at college it was a favourite to cite among both...

John Calvin on Scripture: “The Letter Killeth”

Oft quoted, and always from the KJV for effect, is 2 Corinthians 3:6, "the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." It is then claimed that 'Bible heavy sermons' or...

John Calvin on Scripture: Inventing God

I am going to assume that you have noticed the power of social media to provide a voice and platform for opinions, however outlandish; perhaps you are reading this or...

Authenticity in Strange Places

I recently moved office and in the process uncovered my copy A. N. Wilson’s Paul: The Mind of the Apostle. In this imaginative biography, replete with dogmatic scepticism, Wilson plies...

The Silence of God

Introductory Note: This is longer than I intend blog posts to be. The purpose of this article is to respond to a question from one of my Bible Education students...

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...

Let's be Sensible: Original Insights [Titus 2]

Most people arrive at Bible College dreading the prospect of  Greek and Hebrew - nerdy as I am, I relished it. Not because I expected to have original insights on...

Coming and Going: Idiom Observations

Some time ago I preached from Mark 6 and thought verse 31b a little weird, “For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat”. Of...

Clarity

Graham has recently done some thinking on clarity so I wanted to write to clarify my views, not so much for the reader but for my own sake. My major...

Scripture’s Doctrine And Theology’s Bible: A Bilateral Hermeneutic

I recently wrote a post on what I labeled, The Dangerous Evangelical Assumption. In it I asked if we are in danger of limiting the work of the Holy Spirit...

The Lost Art Of 'Quiet Times'

Life gets busier. That is the experience few of us evade. But what do we give up when the inescapable fact of busyness presses? Though they are the hardest things...

Doodle: The Dangerous Evangelical Assumption

It was as a teenager that I first encountered exegetical preaching. And it is significant, though not paramount, that I was converted under that model of preaching, as the Holy...

Ignoratio Elenchi (Latin title: probably irrelevant article)

For a few months I have been considering writing something brief on a remarkably popular line of reasoning that is often employed and yet, utterly fallacious. I began thinking about...

Lying Jews (and the art of biblical narrative)

Hebrew authors, it seems, have a propensity towards the prodigious use of direct speech but rarely reported speech and it seems clear that they were willing to summarise conversations into...

Looking back and looking forward from 2011

This year marks the four hundredth aniversary of one of the biggest game changers in Christendom's history. Perhaps you're looking forward to the new NIV of 2011 which harvested the...