Jesus didn’t know everything. Obviously he knew a lot, but not everything. I’m talking about way back, of course, when he roamed the earth 2,000 years ago. The Jesus that we see in the Gospels is astonishly wise, insightful, piercing, and perfectly aligned with the truth. He often knows people’s thoughts, and other things that no ordinary human being would know. But at the same time, the Jesus we see in the Gospels is not one who is all-knowing. Continue reading
Since we’re in the season of Advent, now is a great time to be thinking about Jesus – who he is, why he came, and all that good stuff. So for this post I want to think about a term that seems to be the source of a lot of confusion for us as we think about Jesus – “son of God.” Continue reading
This Sunday just past marks the start of the season of Advent. The word ‘Advent’ comes from the Latin adventus, which means a coming, arrival, or approach. And so in the season of advent, the four Sundays before Christmas, we think about the approach of Jesus and anticipate His coming. Continue reading
My church recently finished off our Ephesians series, and in our concluding sermon we came across the exhortation from Paul for us to ‘pray in the Spirit’. But what does that mean? Is it some special kind of prayer? If so, certainly it must be some kind of extra-spiritual prayer… but how do we know if we are praying ‘in the Spirit’ or not? Continue reading
I just recently read an article written in response to the close defeat of a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in New South Wales. I was surprised to find that the article had pretty much nothing to do with same-sex marriage at all, but was instead a vitriolic tirade against Christianity. The author criticised the Bible, the idea of believing in God, and Christians as being intolerant and hypocritical. Continue reading
Fundamentalism and the Word of God , written by J.I. Packer over half a century ago, is keen knife that cuts into the ever-raging debates between conservative and liberal Christians on the nature of Scripture. This book, although written many decades ago, speaks ever clearly and directly into the same dialogues that go on today, and is thus just as valuable for the modern reader as it was back then. Continue reading
Ephesians 6 is a familiar passage, a memorable section of Scripture that encourages us to put on righteousness, truth, faith, and salvation as if they were clothing, so that we will be prepared for the Christian life.
There’s much to be gained from looking at this passage and thinking about how these different things – righteousness, truth, etc. – function so centrally in the Christian life. But it would be a shame if we got so caught up in trying to analyse each piece of armour that we missed the big picture; there’s a reason that Paul here is using the metaphor of battle equipment: Christian, you are at war. Continue reading