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God willing

James 4:13-17 One of the things I most hated about my work towards the end of my career was the annual appraisal. Not because I was performing poorly or had difficulties with any aspect of my job, but because I … Continue reading

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Faith and works: Paul v James (the verdict)

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 The differences between Paul and James are more apparent than real – especially when one takes a step back to look at the bigger picture. Their supposed ‘conflict’ can be sustained only by picking … Continue reading

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Faith and works: Paul v James (round 3)

Round 1 Round 2 Both Paul and James were apostles writing under the inspiration and authority of the Holy Spirit. So we should not assume too quickly that their teachings are incompatible. Is James correcting a misunderstanding? There may well … Continue reading

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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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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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Against the grain

The universe is an immense, potentially frightening place. For our earliest ancestors it must also have been a bewildering one. But then, by observation of the sun, moon and stars, they began to recognise patterns. They were able to predict … Continue reading

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The test of obedience

Deuteronomy 8:2 “Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His … Continue reading

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