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Review: Fundamentalism and the Word of God by J.I. Packer

ARCANE AND GERMANE BOOK REVIEWS #9 ““After reading a new book, never allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”“All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.”(C.S. Lewis) On Intellectual Swear Words ‘Swear words’ have the opposite goal to words of love. They aren’t designed to foster mutual understanding, but to offend, insult, condemn and exclude. Swear words aim at shutting down debate, rather than inviting questions or challenges. They may come in the form of expletives hurled from the car window of a frustrated driver, or over the fence by an...

Why You Should Ditch Your Digital Bible

When I started working in university ministry, I thought I knew the issues facing Christian students: money, church attendance, dating unbelievers, overseas holidays, grades. What I didn’t expect was a run-in with the digital Bible. With the advent of the smart phone the way we access our Bibles drastically changed. The YouVersion Bible app was launched back in 2008 and has been downloaded over 420 million times. Where once we had to lug our dog-eared NIV84 to church, we now casually saunter in with over 60 English translations at our fingertips.  Our digital Bibles are costing us more than we...

Dear Worthless Cockroach

Dear Worthless Cockroach I hope you don’t mind me following up our conversation with an open letter like this, but I’m sure you’re not the only one who feels like you do. Let me see if I’m capturing your question. I think what you’re saying is this: I know I’m a sinner through and through; that’s true because the Bible says so, but also in my experience; I also know that God has loved me and saved me, not because of anything I have done, or because I am worthy of his love, but purely by his sovereign, wonderful grace;...

‘Repent or You will Perish’– COVID-19 and God’s Gracious Judgments

Every death, every disappointment, every illness, any suffering, any frustration, any loss, any regret, any pain that we experience is a gracious judgment of God. And every one of God’s gracious judgments is a message from God, a wake-up call from God. For every one of them: reminds us that we live in a fallen world with all its frustrations (Rom 8:18-23); reminds us of the sinfulness of humanity and our own sinfulness, and calls us to repent (Luke 13:1-5); reminds us not to put our hopes in this world, but to desire to depart and be with Christ (Phil...

Thanking God for Governments

We see so much of them these COVID-19 days. They pop up in every news bulletin, and on many social media feeds, telling us what we can’t do and urging us to ‘flatten the curve.’ Our Prime Minister and our Chief Medical Officer; our Premier and local Health Ministers are working very hard, it seems. I have become much more aware of the intrusions of government into my life than ever before. And at their word I have stayed inside almost all of almost every day for 5 weeks. I no longer go to work, I stay to work. I...

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