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Bound for Glory – The Image of God and the Future of Human Being

When Bob Met Woody On the road to becoming Bob Dylan, Robert Allen Zimmerman had many heroes, but only one idol: Depression-era balladeer, Woody Guthrie (1912-1967). He wanted to sound like Woody, look like Woody, and write like Woody. During his lifetime Guthrie penned 1,000 songs, and in 1943 published the first 20th-century road-trip-odyssey: Bound for Glory. Hitchhiking and hopping freight trains across the United States he carried a guitar inscribed with the words, ‘This machine kills Fascists.’ More than any thing else he saw in the world around him, Woody was fascinated by ‘human-being.’ It wasn’t the ‘freight-train’ that...

The Apostles’ Creed (11): I believe in the Holy Spirit.

Neil Chambers continues our Apostles’ Creed series … Two years ago, while preaching through Deuteronomy and the instruction given there for Israel’s calendar, I was convicted of the usefulness of having times in our church year, where we remember God’s great saving acts and rejoice before him—celebrating his kindness to us in Christ. It would give a pattern to our year and make prominent what was core in our confession of Christ, and would help us remember, and not forget, that we are the Lord’s people, saved by His grace to live for Him. ‘I believe in the Holy Spirit,’ is...

Who’s Afraid of the Bible?

Answer: Christians. Somewhere along the line I had absorbed the assumption that unchurched people would find the Bible boring One of the many surprises of my life was the discovery that I didn’t need to protect unchurched high school students from the Bible. Somewhere along the line I had absorbed the assumption that unchurched people would find the Bible boring, and impenetrably hard to understand. Upon reflection, that may have been a reaction to a nominal Christian culture that had developed an immunity to the gospel in my generation. The Immunised Generation I am a Baby Boomer—a member of a...

Good Bloke Joseph

A common understanding of Joseph’s dilemma when he discovers Mary is pregnant is that it puts him in two minds about whether or not to go ahead with marrying her. We usually read Matthew 1:19 through modern lenses and suppose Joseph here is wondering whether to call off the engagement. For example, the New Living Translation renders the verse as follows: Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. (Matthew 1:19) While most other English translations preserve the original text’s idea that Joseph...

Christmas Joy and Human Sympathy

I was overwhelmed when I recently read these words from Hebrews. As Christmas approaches, here are some great reasons to rejoice in the incarnation of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Let me remind you of the human sympathy of the Lord Jesus. I was overwhelmed when I recently read these words from Hebrews about the significance of Jesus’ humanity. Please read the following slowly, and out loud. Jesus’ humanity: Enabled him to die [2:9]: he understands death, for he died a human death. Meant that he suffered in order to be made perfect [i.e., achieve atonement. 2:10]: he understands...

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