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The God of History

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God is the God of history. He was and is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He was and is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was and is my father’s God. He is the eternal God and yet in His amazing grace, He interacts with people in real time.

As Peter, in Acts 3, responds to the gathering crowd who have just witnessed the work of God in the healing of the crippled beggar, he declares the essential cause of the miracle. God.

What is Peter testifying?

The God of history is at work.

The God of the patriarchs–Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is at work.

This God, who exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit has continued the work He began in eternity past. This God, who has ‘pitched His tent with us’ is rightly called ‘Emmanuel’ – God with us.

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Are the Covenant Promises Definite? A Pædobaptist Discussion

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In the debates of credobaptism vs. pædobaptism in the seventeenth century, a great number of books and pamphlets were produced. These, in turn, have led to a corresponding quantity of secondary literature about the two sides of the debate. When looking at the sides as opposites, one of the features that can disappear from view is the diversity of each side.

It has been my experience (and this is a vague generality) that pædobaptists are often unaware or at least disinterested in the diversity of their own tradition. Baptists are equally liable to this deficiency, but in this post I want to present a pædobaptist speaking to pædobaptists in the context of the credo vs. pædo debates.

Joseph Whiston (d.1690), a Congregationalist (or Independent) minister of Lewes, Sussex wrote several works advocating pædobaptism and criticizing credobaptism. He interacted with Henry Danvers (not a Particular Baptist), Edward Hutchinson, Thomas Delaune, and…

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The Poor You Always Have With You…

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During the ministry of Jesus, one of his followers, who mishandled the group funds, criticized Mary who had poured out perfume worth a year’s wages on the feet of Jesus. Judas expressed his great ‘concern’ about such waste, probably frustrated that he would miss an opportunity to personally ‘access’ the funds.

Jesus rebuked the concern of Judas with these words, ‘Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.’ (John 12:7,8)

By the time we reach Acts 3, Jesus has returned to his Father, and his followers encounter another poor person–a lame beggar who was carried daily to the gate of the temple to ask for alms (charity).

‘Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at…

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The One Sin You Don’t Think You’re Guilty Of, But Probably Are

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Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest Arguments!

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Among Christians, there are a variety of topics that generate more than a little controversy. In today’s ‘react’ instead of ‘respond’ social media culture, I often sit on the sidelines watching the missiles being fired day by day. I must confess to having ‘taken the bait’ a few times and entered into a controversy over something trivial! Anyone else want to confess?

Don’t get me wrong. We are called to contend for the faith once for all entrusted to the saints. Just read the impassioned urging of Jude verses 3-4! ‘I felt I had to write and urge you to contend….’ Some of us need little urging to be contentious, but are we really contending for the faith or for our preferences – e.g. Bible version, music style, political persuasion?

Controversy is not new to the Christian faith. As Paul handed off responsibility to his associate Titus, he offers a…

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From Shadow to Substance

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The Foundation of Orthodoxy & Orthopraxy

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What is the foundation for orthodoxy and orthopraxy? In other words, what do right doctrine and right practice rest upon? The apostle Paul answers this question in verses 11-14 of Titus chapter two.

He has been urging teaching, teaching that lines up with sound doctrine (orthodoxy) but is evident through sound living (orthopraxy). There’s a clear word of instruction from the Lord through his apostolic servant that Titus is to dispense to the congregations scattered across the island of Crete. Our recent posts have explored the conduct of older men, older women, younger women, and younger men, and even slaves. All this teaching is to be affirmed and confirmed through the exemplary conduct and convictions of the missionary-equipper, whom we know as Titus!

Why teach these groups? Why insist on evident gospel-centred living in the lives of those who profess to know God? The whole foundation of Paul’s ministry is…

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Integrity…Matters!

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integrity – definition – the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness: “he is known to be a man of integrity

If there is one quality that seems to be in short supply today, it is the quality of integrity. Every day our news media feeds dump more stories about this lack in a variety of people in a variety of spheres. Politicians, preachers, educators, etc–the list varies from day to day but the core issue remains the same.  ‘Mr. X has resigned due to …..’ ‘Mr. Y has stepped down after…..’

Honest? Strong Moral Principles? Morally Upright?

So how will this be achieved? Why does Paul, the apostolic foundation-layer call Timothy to seek men who are respectable? Why does reputation matter?

A lack of respect for the messenger translates into a lack of respect for the message. A leader doesn’t cease to be a…

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The Appointment of Elders

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As the Apostle Paul hands off ministry responsibility to one of his ministry successors, he tasks him with the pivotal responsibility of appointing elders. Every local gathering of God’s people requires oversight.

Paul was a foundation layer (Ephesians 2:20) for the church. His doctrine and practice along with that of the other ‘usual suspects’ namely Peter, James, John, etc provided a foundation for the church from the 1st century until now.  We are long past the foundation stage of the church. The building, being erected of living stones, continues to be built as the Master Builder, Jesus Christ, continues to construct people into a hell-defying assembly!

The essential task of leadership selection and appointments must occupy a portion of every current leader’s attention. The next generation of leaders must be called, equipped and tasked with furthering the work of the gospel locally, nationally and internationally.

Titus was to follow a…

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So, How Many Angels Can Dance On the Head of a Needle?

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Scholars, at times, ask and explore silly questions! The classic medieval question often cited as being a prime example of ‘wasted thinking’ was ‘How many angels can dance on the head of a needle?’ Isaac D’Israeli, the father of British Prime Minister Benjamin D’Israeli, lampooned the Scholastic philosophers of the late Middle Ages, notably Thomas Aquinas (c. 1224-1274), who was famous for debating metaphysical fine points. In several volumes, Aquinas discussed several propositions about the nature of angels.

Perhaps Thomas á Kempis was thinking of such wasted mental energy when he wrote, “What good is much discussion of involved and obscure matters when our ignorance of them will not be held against us on Judgment Day? Neglect of things which are profitable and necessary and undue concern with those which are irrelevant and harmful are great folly.”

The Bible gives us clear direction as to the substance of our thinking. Consider…

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