The Gospel (Page 7)

The Gospel (Page 7)

Two Reunions – GOD is Good!

This past week, I attended two reunions. The first was my high-school grad class 50th anniversary. The second, was the 100th anniversary of the Baptist church where my wife grew up and where we exchanged our wedding vows – a place filled with fond memories. Now that I’m over the shock of almost no-one recognizing me at either event (I guess time has not been…

BIBLE TRANSLATIONS: Can we trust them?

Recently a member of my church wrote that he was increasingly frustrated in his Bible study group with the use of multiple translations of Scripture. He complained that it wasn’t infrequent for someone to say, “That’s not what my Bible says”, and then to read their paraphrase which had quite a different wording. To quote him, he says that: “there are sufficient…

Systematic preaching and the judgement of God

Many of our churches these days, in an effort to be ‘seeker-sensitive’, in an effort to reach out to people of our culture, do not preach systematically through the Bible. Often our churches preach on topics of interest. With such an approach to preaching, who is going to preach on God’s judgement? Preaching systematically through the Bible will mean that God will set…

Church Membership

We live in a society that has, by and large, rejected church membership. I came across this by [1]John R. Muether; “A child without a family is an orphan to be pitied. A man without a country is a refugee to be welcomed. A Christian without a church is, well, a typical American evangelical.” (I suspect this is even more true of Australian evangelicals.) In…

Church Symbolism

In the boom years of the seeker-sensitive movement,churches were constructed without much of the traditional symbolism of older church buildings. This no doubt fit with the philosophy of the seeker-sensitive movement (which was desperate to move away from the trappings of dead religion) but it also meant that we lost one way to communicate Christ and the gospel to our…

Does God speak today?

Does God speak today? Yes. Loud and clear. First of all, God speaks through the world that he has made. Psalm 19 says that: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their measuring line goes…

Reclaiming Genesis

Sometimes as Christians we can baulk at reading key parts of the Bible because they have become such a contentious battle ground between Christians. This is unfortunate. … there is “a tendency to polarize in terms of “creation” or “evolution”, with the former being described as the biblical world-view and the latter being not only the result of atheism but a sure…