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Propitiation

The ESV translation of 1 John 4:10 uses the word ‘propitiation’, a big scary theological term which has dropped out of common use in English as some Bible translators decided that we are too stupid or lazy to work out what it means. The word ‘propitious’ means to have a favourable disposition towards someone. In […]

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Gold from Bunyan

Reading some authors makes me feel like Hartley & Reilly panning for gold in the Clutha river – it’s just sitting there waiting to be picked up! I have a little book by John Bunyan by the simple title of Prayer, on the first page of the body of the book he writes: Prayer is […]

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By the sweat of your brow

In Genesis 3:17-19 God consigns Adam to a lifelong battle with weeds. Churches are not exempt from this relentless toil. On this past Saturday afternoon half our church turned up for a ‘summer clean’ of the buildings and grounds. We certainly toiled, the women ‘glowed’ and the guys dripped with the sweat of their brows. […]

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Dad is missing you

This afternoon I go to pick up my two daughters (aged 4 and 8) who have been staying with my parents for a week. While they have been enjoying an action-packed week with Grandma, I have spent days and evenings sanding, painting and varnishing a new bedroom for them. It has been a labour of […]

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St Paul addresses the bloggers

“Now all the bloggers would spend their time in nothing but telling or hearing something new” (a paraphrase of Acts 17:21) It is the nature of blogs to prioritise newness, the very design of a blog feeds the newest information to the reader. So also does the TV news, newspapers, magazines and even scholarly journals. […]

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Plodding is OK

Whenever a mature Christian comments on how they could have better use their time, it is worth paying attention. Especially if that Christian is still known as a faithful servant of Jesus 200 years after he died. So take note of what John Newton wrote about his own reading habits: Alas, how much time have […]

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Should we have a turn being poor?

My 8-year-old daughter was watching news footage of the catastrophe in Haiti with me this evening. Afterwards, while eating dinner she commented that it’s not fair that people have to always be poor, in her words, “they should get to be rich and we should have a turn being poor.” I was very proud of […]

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Rebuked on my crooked way

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 This morning I was reading Isaiah 50:10-11, in which the Messiah sustains the weary with the words of his mouth. Those who listen and […]