Ash Wednesday

In the words of the Book of Common Prayer, I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a [Read More...]

Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Messiah our [Read More...]

What Atheists Can Learn from Religion – Video Interview with Alain de Botton.

Over at ABC news is this excellent interview with atheist philosopher Alan de Botton on what atheists can learn from religion. Only 8 minutes, do watch it! [Read more...]

New Book Honoring Martin Hengel

Out any day now is this bodacious biblical studies bonanza: Earliest Christian History History, Literature, and Theology. Essays from the Tyndale Fellowship in Honor of Martin Hengel Edited by by Michael F. Bird and Jason Maston Martin Hengel (1926-2009) was a historian of the early church and ancient Judaism. His influence extended through his many [Read More...]

The Lent Experience

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My good friend and fellow pastor in Student Ministry and one of the Teaching Pastors at Christ Community Church, Eric Ferris, has developed a website called The Lent Experience. The website is a video blog designed to help people practice Lent and rediscover the significance of the death and resurrection of Jesus personally.  Eric provides [Read More...]

Prayer for Last week of Epiphany

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns [Read More...]

Baylor Study on Religion in America … Not as Bad as People Thought

Rodney Stark and Byron Johnson have an article in The Wallstreet Journal about religion in America. They note that atheism is not surging and young people are not leaving the church in the droves that everyone thought. [Read more...]

Invitation to Lent

What is a Lenten spirituality? Lenten spirituality is baptismal spirituality. Lent orders your spiritual life around the theology of baptism. In Ancient Future Time, Robert Webber tells us that the roots of the Lent are to be found in the early church’s baptism preparation.  In the early centuries of the church, baptism of adult converts [Read More...]

Invitation to Lent

Robert Webber in his book Ancient Future Time writes of Lent the following.  Does Webber’s experience reflect your own in the Protestant and evangelical church? How can we recover a Lenten spirituality without failing into the trap of empty ritual? For most people coming from my background, an Ash Wednesday service and Lent are quite [Read More...]

The Growth of Evangelical Churches in France

Found this interesting article about the growth of evangelical churches in France including a Hillsong church plant in Paris. See also an earlier CT piece on religion in France from 2005. [Read more...]

Mutual Interdependence – the Key to Paul’s logic in Gal 3:1-4:11

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William Dalton (“The Meaning of “We” in Galatians.” ABR 38 (1990): 33-44) studies the use of “we” in Galatians within a new interpretive framework of Paul that represents a “re-appraisal . . . [of] his relationship with Israel” (35). His interpretation begins with the assumption that Paul’s audience is pagan Gentile Christian with absolutely no [Read More...]

Book Notice: Jim Hamilton’s Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches

James M. Hamilton Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches Ed. R. Kent Hughes Crossway: Wheaton, IL, 2012 Available Amazon.com. (and for Kindle). This book is an exposition of Revelation based on a series of sermon’s preached at Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. It reads very easily with a definite verbal feel and gives [Read More...]

More reviews of the “Progressive Reformed View” on justification

Over at Unsettled Christianity, Leslie Keeney offers a short review (quite positive) of the “progressive reformed view” which I argued on justification. [Read more...]

Tertullian on Law and Gospel

More theological wisdom from the great Africa theologian Tertullian: We do not now treat of the law, further than (to remark) that the apostle here teaches clearly how it has been abolished, even by passing from shadow to substance—that is, from figurative types to the reality, which is Christ. The shadow, therefore, is His to [Read More...]

Richard France has Passed Away

Peter Head makes the sad announcement about the passing of British NT scholar Richard France. I learnt this morning that Dick France had died on 1oth Feb 2012. I studied Mark’s Gospel with Dick in 1985-86 at LBC. They were great times with a small group of us gathered round the text under Dick’s guidance. His [Read More...]


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