Tag Archives: Matthew 5

Why parish church is more easily real church

I am the vicar of a small, urban priority parish, so I am naturally biased toward the parish (or local church) model over the network model of church.  Both the local church and gathered church are real church, as Calvin … Continue reading

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Bonar on why the gospel does not change the law

I’ve heard it said that the coming of Christ alters the law. As far as the Christian is concerned the law is now only what Christ or the Apostles teach in the New Testament. I can see the attraction of … Continue reading

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How a love of Jesus enables suffering

Commenting on “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake”, Thomas Watson shows that it is the love of Christ and not stoicism which enables the true Christian believer to suffer for the righteousness of Christ: Love is passive; … Continue reading

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Soft pillows or the way of the cross

I was reading Thomas Watson’s exposition of “blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness” whilst sitting comfortably on the day-bed in my study. You can imagine what effect the following excerpt had on my attitude to too comfortable … Continue reading

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