April 13, 2024

John MacArthur believes divorce should only ever happen after sexual immorality or desertion by an unbeliever (or someone labelled as such during church discipline) Read more

April 12, 2024

The purpose of divorce was largely to set one free to remarry. Today, as Christians, we have this tension we face: to maintain the high standard of Christian marriage and yet show compassion to those who suffer irretrievable marriage breakdown. We can only do this with fear and trembling. Read more

April 11, 2024

Divorce is painful. It is often more emotionally wrenching than the death of a spouse. It is often long years in coming and long years in the settlement and in the adjustment. The upheaval of life is immeasurable. The sense of failure and guilt and fear can torture the soul. Like the psalmist, night after night a spouse falls asleep with tears (Ps. 6:6) Read more

April 10, 2024

God is trying to say to all of us, “I love redeeming the worst situations?” “I love to bless the hardest cases. Try me. Come to me.” Read more

April 9, 2024

Historically Christian views on marriage went through a phase of being very restrictive from the Early Church Fathers to the Middle Ages.  Marriage was seen as sacred and indissoluble. Those who separated were not permitted to remarry. In more recent times views gradually became less restrictive.  This process began during the Reformation. In this short extract from Christianity Today we see how the Reformers held different views to each other: The Protestant Reformers, claiming to return to biblical teaching, rejected both... Read more

April 8, 2024

I always believed that the moment you even thought about divorce in a marriage you had failed. Somehow, many think, opening up the possibility of splitting will inevitably lead to the unmentionable happening.  In many churches today divorce is still taboo, it is unthinkable.  If it happens in your marriage the stigma and shame can be unbearable.  Some even react as though divorce might be contagious, perhaps by unlocking the idea that if one couple can get divorced then maybe... Read more

April 6, 2024

      The cross on its own does not justify us according to Paul.  This chapter explores what Paul means by this verse and how the death and resurrection of Jesus works together to save us. Jesus our Lord . . . was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. ROMANS 4:24–25 Jesus’ resurrection is not merely an event that simultaneously poses a challenge to us in our evangelism and a comfort to us in our faith. It... Read more

April 4, 2024

God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. ACTS 2:24 In a famous British comedy sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a group of first-century Jews repeatedly ask, “What have the Romans ever done for us?” Each time another positive result of the Roman occupation is mentioned, such as roads or aqueducts, the reply is always, “Well, apart from that, what have they done for us?” This... Read more

April 4, 2024

We continue our journey through the Bible’s teaching on resurrection by looking at the four gospels in this the latest revised chapter from my book Raised With Christ: How the Resurrection Changes Everything. I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. JOHN 11:25–26 Some insects are born and die within the space of a few hours. Most of us... Read more

April 2, 2024

If a man dies, shall he live again? JOB 14:14 This is the sixth revised chapter of my book Raised With Christ: How the Resurrection Changes Everything.  Links to the earlier chapters can be found below. One evening, as I began writing this chapter, my mind was rather distracted by some news I had received that afternoon. A bus had hit a child on her way home from the school my children attended. Everyone assumed the worst. A rumor began... Read more

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