Monthly Archives: April 2016

Faith and works: Paul v James (round 2)

Round 1 Paul and James use the same vocabulary: they both talk about faith, works, righteousness and justification, and about the relationship between these things. Yet Paul is adamant that justification is by faith alone, and not by works (e.g. … Continue reading

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Love hurts: Facing up to the truth

Hosea 10:9-15 The town of Gibeah was infamous for its association with corruption and destructive immorality: it was Israel’s very own Sodom and Gomorrah (Judges 20:1-11). Sadly, the shocking events at Gibeah were no isolated incident; Hosea’s contemporaries were no … Continue reading

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Faith and works: Paul v James (round 1)

Few things can be more fundamental to Christianity than the correct way of salvation. Surely, then, we should expect the New Testament authors to be unanimous and unequivocal on this subject. Yet when it comes to the issue of our … Continue reading

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Thine be the glory!

Psalm 21 This is a victory psalm, giving glory to God for what He has done and rejoicing at how He has answered the prayers of His people. The crisis is over – and He has brought them safely through. … Continue reading

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Festival time: Daily devotion

A marriage can’t be sustained just by celebrating anniversaries. Similarly, our relationship with God must find expression in the humdrum routine of our daily lives as well as on special occasions. There were two mundane but essential duties that the … Continue reading

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Love hurts: How hard it is for the rich…

Hosea 10:1-8 God had blessed Israel and made her prosperous. But as she became wealthier, she cared less and less for the God to whom she owed everything. And God had known that this would happen (Deuteronomy 32:15,16). The people … Continue reading

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Festival Time: Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles marked the very end of the harvest season, and was a seven-day extravaganza of sacrifices and other celebrations. It was the end of the agricultural year; all the crops were gathered in, and the people had … Continue reading

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