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The Apostles’ Creed (9): He Ascended to Heaven and is Seated at the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty.

Part 9 of TGCA’s series on The Apostle’s Creed As I have been writing this, I have also been reading the last Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). That’s right, it is 2020 and I am only now reading Harry Potter (maybe after I finish I will get to the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings neither of which I have read). Spoiler alert: In the previous book in the series … still time to turn away if you haven’t read it… Harry Potter dies! I was reading it to my 11 year-old son and we...

The Lion, the Wardrobe, and the Emperor’s Hangman

Continuing our short series commemorating the seventieth anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s classic C.S. Lewis is often depicted, at least in reformed circles, as a great Christian writer with an inadequate view of the atonement. He doesn’t believe in substitutionary atonement; Aslan dies as a ransom paid to the White Witch; he teaches that it’s Christ’s penitential attitude that saves us. There is some justification for these complaints. In Mere Christianity, the best he can say for penal substitution (the idea that Jesus suffers the penalty for our sins) is that it “does not seem quite so immoral and silly as...

Bitter Hearts and Sweet Water

The local church I love and serve has been meeting online for 30 weeks. 30 Sundays preaching to a camera. 30 weeks of uncertain concern over the spiritual health of church members. 30 weeks of unfolding grief over many plans and hopes we carried into this year. 30 weeks in, and I find a new (for me) sinful attitude grasping for a foothold in my heart. Bitterness threatens to eclipse thankfulness, cloud my hopes for the future and shorten my temper. But thanks be to God! Because of his gospel I can deny bitterness any foothold, running instead to the...

The Apostles’ Creed (2): Creator of Heaven and Earth

Part 2 of TGCA’s series on The Apostle’s Creed The Christian understanding of creation is revolutionary. If we do not get it right, we will lose the gospel. In the history of missions whenever Christians evangelised people groups untouched by the gospel, one of the first doctrines to be hammered out has been creation. A missionary friend of mine, who worked amongst indigenous Australians, told me that one indigenous pastor in every sermon would always quote Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. Why? Because for him and his people the Christian understanding of creation...

The Apostles’ Creed (1): I Believe in God the Father

The Apostles’ Creed is one of the most earliest and most foundational documents of the Christian church. Emerging from the mists of the second century and an earlier Roman Creed, the Apostles’ Creed represents a core confession for Catholics and Protestants alike. When we read and recite the Creed we join with brothers and sisters from across the globe and the millennia—and discover that we still believe in the same gospel. This week TGCA begins a new series on the Creed from a range of different contributors. I believe… What do you believe in? What do you believe are the...

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