So we are now, and we are not yet. Like the expectant traveller: we have tickets in hand, but are not yet on board. So we live with the strangeness of two homes, two time zones. We are assured of what will be, but yet we live in the mundanity of what currently is. … More Romans 8:6-11
Why do we confess our sins anyway? Particularly if, like those nuns, your sins are on the level of “I ate the extra sprout at dinner and didn’t tell Sister Delores, even though I know she really wanted it.” Does it really matter? … More Romans 5:1-11
John Wesley – great man, yes? I certainly can’t fault his enthusiasm, and his bro wrote some cracking hymns but (at this point I turn my back to the camera to protect my identity) … whispering … I’m not sure I’d have liked him that much. Is that a dreadful admission? … More Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
It’s that unpopular little word with I in the middle – sin.
Today is the first Sunday of Lent, so this is a good time to be thinking about sin. The Bible has some helpful illustrations. It is missing the target, overstepping the boundary, falling short. But there are plenty of misconceptions about sin as well. Our passage today contains a very important text, verse 12, which has shaped the way that many of us think about ourselves and sin … More Romans 5:12-21
This simple illustration shows how power is not held by those with the most human strength. You will need a rope something very heavy and strong, preferably a fixture such as a font. Secretly, if possible, tie one end of the rope to the immovable object. Ask for teams for a tug-of-war and have all … More Activity – If God be for us …
Great doctrines spanning centuries have been built upon two tiny words in this verse – ἐφ’ ᾧ – and churches have split over their interpretation. … More Essay on Romans 5:12
Israel jumped onto every passing bandwagon, adopted every passing religious fad, committed themselves to whatever latest celebrity idol was fashionable. At least the surrounding nations were faithful to their lumps of stone and wood and metal. … More Jeremiah 2:4-13