"Centuries before the man of Uz had wrestled with the problem of the Almighty's dealings with men as personalised in his own tragedy. Now in Christ, Forsyth says, God has givien his answer to Job's demand that he should vindicate his ways with men. His answer is in a person who is in history yet... Continue Reading →
Die sin must or God
Christmas isn't usually the time to talk about evil, or of Satan's ultimate destruction, but that is precisely what Christmas, the coming of God in Christ, means. Evil encompases all the chaos and dysfunction in the world, all the rebellion against God; and God's salvation means an end to all that, and the return to... Continue Reading →
Helmut Thielicke said of the Cross of Jesus Christ, where silence and salvation met: "There the night of darkness dispatched its last troops against God’s Son; the demons were released and the ugliest instincts since Adam unchained. But God said nothing about it. Only a dying man cried aloud in that silence and asked why... Continue Reading →
Having sat under the excellent ministry of Dr David Coffey for a few years, I must say his wealth of wisdom and depth of insight is unsurpassed. There's more. The primary gift of Dr Coffey (UK and world Baptist Supremo - my phrase not his) is in his pastoral integrity and love for the Church... Continue Reading →
Jesus in Hell
John Chrysostom (347-407) the golden-tongued preacher of the late fourth century said this in a sermon about what the Cross of Jesus has achieved in our salvation and the entire redemption of all creation: "He has destroyed death by undoing death. He has despoiled hell by descending into hell. He vexed it even as it... Continue Reading →
Glimpsing Glory Through Palm Sunday Sentimentalism
Mark 11:1-11 In this well known passage read out all over the world this Palm Sunday, we catch a glimpse of a good and bad glory, a great biblical scene that is too often distorted by sentimentalism and likewise dismissed as a rather nice picture: the baby in the manger has grown up to be a... Continue Reading →
You want success? PREACH CHRIST!
P. T. Forsyth is rousing my theological interest on a number of fronts at the moment. I am desperate to read his Positive Preaching and the Modern Mind, but only have a flaky copy on my computer, and that won't do. Nevertheless, do not feel sorry for me. I found this paradigm changing comment Forsyth... Continue Reading →
Joy and Suffering
Joy to the world the Lord has come! The angel declared, “I have come to announce good news of great joy…” Jesus said, “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full.” He later added on that solemn last night, “You will... Continue Reading →
The Cross of Christ: WHY?
In this talk, Richard Cunningham considers why Jesus had to die on the cross. He refers to Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ, and covers six misconceptions about the Cross while explaining its real significance for our lives. Six misconceptions about the Cross: 1. The Cross is something sentimental 2. Jesus chose to die... Continue Reading →