Category Archives: The nature of grace

Something better at reducing poverty than Modern Money Theory (MMT)

Modern Money Theory (MMT) has captivated the imagination of many economists and political thinkers.  MMT is the idea that a government which has its own fiat money can never run out of money because it can always create more.  MMT … Continue reading

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Being blessed through fear

Know what you fear by the choices you make. We know from experience that fear drives our choices and behaviour. Phobias make this plain to see. A fear of spiders makes some people scream and run away. A fear of … Continue reading

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Dealing with disagreement, finding purpose in Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

You might want to disagree with me, you might be right, but it seems Paul’s letter to the Philippians deals throughout with the difficult reality of disagreement between gospel partners.   I believe the pastoral purpose is found in its closing … Continue reading

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The cross of Christ is God’s warning and invitation to all.

Just last month, on March 16th, a coroner in West London issued a serious warning to all smartphone users. Don’t charge your phone when you are in the bath. The warning was issued after 32 year old Richard Bull, tragically … Continue reading

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Amos, the earthquake, the wrath of God and the cross

The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa—the vision he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake. Amos 1:1 The prophecy of Amos, the shepherd prophet, who lived 800 years before Christ, opens with a unique contextual … Continue reading

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Why it pleased the Father to bruise the Son

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him.  Isaiah 53:10 Stephen Charnock considers God’s pleasure in bruising the Son and how the forgiveness of the sinner is a geater pleasure to God than the cost and the pain of the … Continue reading

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Economics according to Jesus #3 – debt cancellation

Debt and Jubilee Yesterday I blogged on the total UK savings pot.  But where there are savers there must also be borrowers and debt is an issue which needs to be addressed. UK private borrowing (mortages, car loans, credit cards … Continue reading

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Economics according to Jesus #2 – total savings and generosity

Piles of cash and generosity Yesterday I posted on the paradox of thrift, which is the economic phenomenon of an increase in the savings ratio of the average person during recession (an attitude which exacerbates the effect of the economic … Continue reading

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Economics according to Jesus #1 – worry and the saving ratio

A high savings ratio and worry about tomorrow. Economic news has become part of daily life since the start of the 2008 global fanacial crisis.  Economics is a complex subject and national governments everywhere are trying to kickstart economies, avoid … Continue reading

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If I were curator of the Natural History Museum

One of the many things we did in London at half term was to visit the Natural History Museum.  It was a fantastic family outing.  Over three hours grumble-free time with lots of “look at this daddy, this is amazing”, as the … Continue reading

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