There will be an end to these troubles

I cant think of anything of greater help to us than to cling onto God’s promise of an end to suffering  during difficult times. Certainly mental illnesses can be among the hardest things for us to endure, whether we suffer from one ourselves, or it is a loved one. But again we realise that ultimately the solutions the Bible offers us speak to those of us who suffer mental illness and those who don't alike.  Hope is vital.  We must be able to believe that as we spoke about yesterday, Jesus has goo … [Read more...]

The Apostle Paul's Blogging Checklist, Hell, and Rob Bell

Now that Rob Bell's controversial book Love Wins is on sale on both sides of the Atlantic and many other comments have been made, I am feeling like I cannot avoid engaging in the controversy, or at least should read some more material to understand it better. I did not seek out such involvement, as you can see from my post which ironically listed Five Reasons I hadn't previously blogged about Rob Bell. Since then I have posted a couple of highly relevant articles without directly addressing … [Read more...]

Why a belief in hell is so practically important

We don't believe in hell for practical reasons.  We believe in it because the Bible tells us it is so, and that settles it for us.  No matter what some may say, we cannot be shaken from that.  But, I ask, do we really live in light of that belief?  Is is something that emotionally impacts us?  Do we feel it's truth?  If not, as Piper points out, we will both be complacent about our friends and neighbours and lacking in passion in our gratitude to Jesus for what he has done for us:BROTHERS, WE M … [Read more...]

18th Most Read Post – Kim Riddlebarger Contradicts John MacArthur

No. 18 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on August 27, 2007. At the Shepherd's Conference earlier last year, John MacArthur underestimated the likely fury of non-dispensational Calvinists at being told they weren't "really reformed." This post was an extract from Kim Riddlebarger's response, which was written several months later. Its popularity proves either that people are still interested in eschatology or that MacArthur bating should become the next Olympic sport. I am … [Read more...]

Kim Riddlebarger Contradicts John MacArthur

UPDATEIn January 2008, the following post was identified as the 18th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 19th most-read post was my interview with Justin Taylor.At the Shepherd's Conference earlier in the year, John MacArthur underestimated the likely fury of non-dispensational Calvinists at being told they weren't "really reformed." This post was an extract from Kim Riddlebarger's response, which was written several months later. Its popularity proves either that people … [Read more...]


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