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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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Why did God not simply decide to restore fallen man?

I’ve been reading Stephen Charnock (1628-1680 & assistant minister to Thomas Watson at Bishopsgate Street) on the knowledge of Christ Crucified. Charnock asks, why didn’t God simply restore man after the fall: Suppose God might have pardoned sin, and recovered … Continue reading

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Co-dependency as a route to ministry burnout #2

In one of three illustrations on sacrificial love, the love which lies at the heart of God and which led to Christ’s death for sinners, Tim Keller shows what it means to be crucified by loving those who are in … Continue reading

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Substitutionary atonement for kids

We were on the second of our “big words that end in SHUN” yesterday, substitution.  If you’ve thought that the thought of teaching substitutionary atonement to kids is a little daunting, you’re no different to me, until I realised that … Continue reading

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Christian Vision for Men – Men and Motives #3 Codelife

Christian Vision for Men is launching a new initiative called “Codelife“. This is a set of twelve aspirational values taken from the bible. As I heard the 12 codes explained at a CVM seminar last Saturday it occurred to me … Continue reading

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Acts 20:28 and priorities in ministry

In Acts 20:27-28 the Apostle Paul establishes priorities in ministry, which are to ensure that the whole will of God is proclaimed and ministers are innocent of the blood of all men (Acts 20:27): Keep watch over yourselves and all … Continue reading

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The wonder of substitutionary atonement: Ebenezer Erkine

Here’s a wonderful little post-Easter series of thoughts on Christ’s death from 18th century Scottish preacher Ebenezer Erskine: Let faith fasten upon the suretyship of Christ, or his substitution in our room and stead. He gave bond, may faith say, … Continue reading

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One tree or two trees? What’s the difference?

I’ve posted a number of times on the initial conditions in the Garden of Eden. The following table aims to draw together in one place the contrasts between the traditional “one tree” model of the garden and the “two tree” … Continue reading

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The recovery of childhood and the grace of God

The BBC reports today that Children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson has expressed concern that youngsters are growing up too quickly. There is a general lawlessness in British trash culture which deprives children of an extended period of innocence. I grew … Continue reading

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