Monthly Archives: July 2010

Suicide as sinful?

The concept of suicide being a sin has been with the church for millenia.  But where did it come from?  (Note: this is not a theological study, but a historical brief.)  In reading City of God, Augustine lays out the … Continue reading

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Impossible Box

I ran across this image and loved it. It reminds me of MC Escher’s work. Our sin situation leaves us in a position much like on trying to build this box.  But thanks be to God, what is impossible for man … Continue reading

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The Replay of Galatians 6:6-10

Like a great football game, the replay’s come all through the action. I do not presume to be as entertaining as a football match but Christ’s message is certainly worth revisiting. It is midweek and here are my thoughts for … Continue reading

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Where’s Jesus – The Covenant with Noah (Genesis 9:1-17)

There are so many connections in Genesis 9:1-17 with Jesus and our salvation.  This passage could easily be turned into a small book tracing these allusions and foreshadowings.  Following the flood and Noah’s release from the ark, God gives Noah … Continue reading

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Reading the Old Testament with an eye for Christ

In a previous post, I wrote about the 3 camps people fall into when reading the Old Testament.  Either they believe the OT to be non-Christian, pre-Christian or they see it as a fully Christian document chronicling sin and salvation, … Continue reading

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Mocking God- acting like apes

I recently read a piece in the Wall Street Journal weekend edition by Jane Goodall and her work among chimpanzees.  At one point she reflects on an early experience she had of communicating with one particular chimpanzee named David Greybeard. … Continue reading

Posted in culture, Galatians, Science

How do you view the Old Testament?

Our view of the Old Testament affects our understanding of its message.  Throughout history there have been 3 main ways people have viewed the Old Testament work.  To some it is seen as non-Christian text, to others it is a … Continue reading

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Heidelberg Catechism Q36

Q.36. How does the holy conception and birth of Christ benefit you? A. He is our mediator, and with his innocence and perfect holiness he removes from God’s sight my sin – mine since I was conceived. Monday Since our … Continue reading

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Kingdoms without justice are like criminal gangs

Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies?  For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms?  The band itself is made up of men; it is ruled by the authority of a prince, it is knit together … Continue reading

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Augustine on Secularism

Augustine understood what happens when men serve pleasure and not God, read about secular hedonism in his words, But the worshippers and admirers of these gods delight in imitating their scandalous iniquities, and are nowise concerned that the republic be … Continue reading

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