Category Archives: in depth

Let’s talk about sin (part 1)

I John 3:4-6 What is sin? The answer may surprise you: “sin is lawlessness” (I John 3:4) In other words, at its most fundamental level sin is an attitude of defiance – the attitude that says, ‘God can’t tell me … Continue reading

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A tale of two banquets

In the sixth chapter of his gospel, Mark relates how John the Baptist came to lose his life – a rather gruesome story of corruption and sleaze in high places. This is immediately followed by the story of Jesus feeding … Continue reading

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The unforgivable sin

Mark 3:28,29 “Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” The scope of God’s … Continue reading

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The Mediator

I Timothy 2:5,6 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all people.” One God (Isaiah 45:22) If our God is not one god among … Continue reading

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Reason to be cheerful

Mark 2:19 “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?” Religion is a serious matter, and religious people are generally caricatured as being dour and miserable. Interesting, then, that Jesus’ disciples attracted criticism for being … Continue reading

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The normal Christian life (part 2)

Mark 8:27-9:29 (read part 1 here) So should the normal Christian life be a never-ending victory parade? It looks as though it ought to be, but I’ve found three reasons in this section of Mark’s gospel why it isn’t. Mark … Continue reading

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The normal Christian life (part 1)

Mark 8:27-9:29 It’s good to read Christian books… but some of them don’t half make you feel inadequate. ‘The normal Christian life’ is the title of a classic book by Watchman Nee – which I’ve never actually read, but from … Continue reading

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