Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Narrow Way: Only one gospel

Galatians 1:3-10 What is the Gospel, in a nutshell? “The Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.” (Galatians 1:4) The Incarnation was … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Holiness

Numbers 5:1-4 The Israelite camp is where God manifests His presence on earth, and like any ‘sacred space’ must be kept holy. And so the final stage in its re-organisation is to exclude all those individuals who are seriously ‘unclean’, … Continue reading

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The narrow way: Apostolic authority

Some people would dearly love to drive a wedge between Paul’s message and that of Jesus, or between Paul’s teaching and the rest of the New Testament. And this is nothing new… The false teachers in Galatia had been trying … Continue reading

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Holiness

For all of us who take our discipleship seriously, sooner or later comes the frustrating realisation that we are not – and cannot be – as holy as we think we ought to be. The promises of Scripture (and the … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: Galatians

The cross-cultural success of the mission in Antioch and beyond (Acts 14:26,27) triggered conflict within the church as a whole. With the steady trickle of Gentile converts rapidly turning into a flood, the apostles in Jerusalem had to take note … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Organisation

Numbers 1-4 After a year camped at Mount Sinai, the Israelites have built a sanctuary at which to worship, and have received a law to regulate their everyday life. All that remains is for them to be organised into a … Continue reading

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The Mary Diaries (part 7)

I still sometimes have nightmares about it… Our precious firstborn son, the hope of all our people… and for two whole days we lost him. He was twelve years old, growing up so fast… of course he wanted to go … Continue reading

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