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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...

The God of The Last Dance

There is no better sports documentary than the recently released Michael Jordan biopic ‘The Last Dance’. Indeed, Netflix has dropped one of the greatest sports documentaries of all-time. Just like its central character, the documentary is one for the ages, detailing not only the inside story of the 1997-1998 season of the Chicago Bulls, but also threading-in the various highs and lows of Jordan’s career from start to finish. Netflix has dropped one of the greatest sports documentaries of all-time. Just like its central character, the documentary is one for the ages In reflecting upon this series, I’ve been struck...

Review: The Chappo Collection by David Mansfield

Anyone who had the pleasure and privilege of encountering John Chapman, the late Australian evangelist, will know that a book titled The Chappo Collection will be worthy of space in their hearts and on their bookshelves. David Mansfield has, together with hundreds of Chappo’s friends, created a sizeable collection of stories that maps the life of John Charles Chapman in a way that presents Chappo as he was: a gospel-loving man of humanity, humility, hilarity and (for the sake of the alliteration) handiwork. Divided into five collections of stories and memories, The Chappo Collection tells the story of God at work in the life...

Review: Job by F.I. Andersen

ARCANE AND GERMANE BOOK REVIEWS #8 ““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never allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”“All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.”(C.S. Lewis) Made, Known and Loved by God Professor Francis Ian Andersen who went to be with his Lord last month, was ‘Frank’ to everyone he met. I first met him as a student in 1994 when he was guest lecturing at Melbourne University. My honors supervisor arranged the introduction because I was working on the Book of Job. Frank became my co-supervisor, and this began...

Album Review: Great Are Your Ways

It is very encouraging to listen to an album made by a student of the Bible college where I serve. This is first, because we are so pleased to be training people for many different kinds of Christian ministry, and secondly because the student, Jake Heading, has realised that it is good and right for Christian music to showcase solid theology. Too often we can fall into thinking that it is only senior pastors who need to formally study the Bible in any depth, but this arises from too narrow a view of Kingdom ministry and it risks us limiting...

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