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I Read the Bible … with Dead People!

I read the Bible with dead people. Of course, that’s not strictly true, for as Jesus our risen Lord and Saviour tells us, “God is not the God of the dead but of the living.” (Matthew 22:32; in context—vv.23-33) I read the Bible with dead people. I think it all started when I was a boy But the fact remains, that I do learn a lot from believers who are now with the Lord. I think it all started when I was a boy. I would scan all the colourful and intriguing spines of my father’s books, and read the...

Miracles and Greatness – Should We Expect Signs and Wonders?

From time to time, readers send us emails questioning some theological point they have discovered in a post or review. Here is a response to one such note concerning  TGCA’s article on the Bethel network. See the second response here Dear M_______, Thank you for your email about our article on the Bethel movement. It is a great help when readers take the time to press us on the things we write—especially when they challenge us using the Bible as you have.  It is a great help when readers take the time to press us on the things we write—especially...

Psalm 11: A Psalm for Our Time

More than any part of the Scriptures, it is the Psalms that have provided the greatest comfort for God’s struggling people through the centuries. Certainly I, as I have read through the Psalms over the last few months during this season of pandemic, have had my vision lifted beyond the wreck of the world and set on the glory of God and his king: David in the first instance, but ultimately the Lord Jesus. As I have read through the Psalms over the last few months during this season of pandemic, have had my vision set on the glory of...

Review: Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund

Recently, I asked a group of believers how they feel when they approach God for forgiveness after they’ve sinned. Some of the answers were positive, like blessed and forgiven. But most, including some of my responses, were harder emotions: ashamed, guilty, numb, frustrated. I shared how I often feel like God resents that I’ve come asking for forgiveness for the same sins as yesterday, and gives mercy only grudgingly. The good news of Jesus’ boundless mercy seems too good to be true, and we struggle to believe it. I suspect our little group isn’t alone in feeling this way. The...

Review: Faithful Theology by Graham Cole

It is sobering for every believer to recall that the very first work of theology recorded in the Bible—that is, the first example of someone talking about God rather than listening and responding to him directly—comes when the Serpent says “did God really say…?” Dietrich Bonhoeffer described that moment recorded in Genesis 3:1-8 in this way. …with the first religious question in the world, evil has come upon the scene…the false answer is contained within it, that within it is attacked the basic attitude of the creature towards the Creator. Man is expected to be the judge of God’s word...

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