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Fifty to a Cave

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:31:20 +0000

The author of this article is billed as a “leading expert on the persecuted church,” but I have to say that I find what he says here not only very strange but unbiblical.  The gist of the article is summed up on the site as follows: “When a Christian experiences persecution or imprisonment in a foreign […]

Yes-Men or Debating Partners?

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:41:20 +0000

A follow-up thought, hard upon the heels of what I wrote earlier about the kind of commentaries you need. When you do your own study of Scripture and then turn to your commentaries, are you hoping they’ll function as yes men, reassuring you that you’re on the right track, or that they’ll function as conversationalists, […]

What Kind of Commentaries Do I Need?

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:02:25 +0000

What kind of commentaries do you need to help you in your study of the Bible? You don’t need commentaries that tell you, in passage after passage, exactly what you’ve always thought or only what you yourself have already discovered. Such commentaries are generally a waste of your time. Why read So-and-so telling you what you […]


Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:00:41 +0000

“The people must not be present at worship only in the capacity of hearer and spectator, nor even merely to follow in thought what is pronounced by the minister of the church, but they must also speak from their side and at least they must respond Amen to what is said in the name of […]

The Harvest Is Plentiful… (Matthew 9)

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 03:46:56 +0000

In Matthew 9:35ff., Jesus sees Israel battered and cast down, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he says to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful; the workers are few.” Why does the imagery change from animals to plants, from sheep/shepherd to harvest/workers? It would make sense for Jesus, seeing the crowds like sheep without a […]

Simon the Zealous

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 03:42:44 +0000

I’ve sometimes heard that one of Jesus’ disciples was a Zealot, presumably a former Zealot who, now that he was follow Jesus, had given up his desire to commit violence.  Even N. T. Wright says, in one passage, that the name of “Simon the Zealot” (Luke 6:15; Acts 1:13) “probably indicates known revolutionary tendencies” (NTPG, 174n33). […]

A Voice for the World

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 13:37:22 +0000

The church of Christ, the first fruit of the new creation, expresses in articulate and intelligible words the silent sighing of nature subjected to corruption and waiting for deliverance (Rom. 8:19-23). Its “liturgy” of gratitude for the deliverance received through Christ and for the hope of the manifestation of the glory to come, lends a […]

That Blessed Family

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 22:20:21 +0000

“Belief in the Trinity is not a distant speculation; the Trinity is that blessed family into which we are adopted” — Austin Farrer, The Crown of the Year.


Mon, 04 Jul 2016 22:19:20 +0000

All narrow confessionalism and all complacency in any local ecclesiastical tradition must hear the apostolic judgment: “What! Did the word of God originate with you, or are you the only ones it has reached?” (1 Cor. 14:36) — Richard Paquier, Dynamics of Worship, 52n9.

Common Prayer

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 13:23:31 +0000

In the Lord’s service, we pray together, so that each individual who is taking part in the prayer focuses not on himself and his own needs and interests but on the community as a whole, even if those other needs and interests don’t really move him emotionally much at all. R. Guardini puts it this […]