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Philippian Lockdown: Don’t Grumble?

Lament slows us down, it gives us time and space to think through what is happening and it provides a framework in which we can seek God and find refuge in him.

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Philippian Lockdown: A Sense of Proportion

Rather than wishing that things would return to the way that they used to be, perhaps we should be using this unusual time to ask God to show us lessons about ourselves and our attitudes that we couldn’t learn when the normal rules applied.

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Philippian Lockdown: Changed Perspectives

Being cut off from some of the material supports that I rely on to get through life, should help me focus more on God as the real source of my strength and hope

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Philippian Lockdown: Intentional Friendships

I’ve no doubt that Paul would have preferred sitting in Lydia’s house, drinking tea and eating cake rather than writing letters from a Roman jail.

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Philippian Lockdown: Missionary Letters

What can writers of missionary newsletters learn from Paul’s letter to Philippi?

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Books I Have Read: Biblical Theology According to the Apostles

Generally, sometime in the spring, I start a book review with the words, this may just be the best book that I read all year. This is that point for 2020. IVP has provided me with a pre-publication pdf of Biblical Theology According to the Apostles: How The Earliest Christians Told The Story Of Israel […]

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When Paul Got It Wrong

When faced with the choices of going to Spain to reach the unreached or going to Jerusalem to serve the poor Christians there, Paul chose Jerusalem. According to a number of modern writers on mission, Paul got his priorities all wrong!

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Actions and Words

Barnabas took Mark and disappeared from Luke’s narrative, but he entered our future marking the path for those who would be the disciples of Jesus. That path requires trust – sometimes, often times, almost every time – of those who are marked by failure in relationship.

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Where Does Theology Come From?

Our understanding of the world should evolve and increase as we engage with people and cultures different to ourselves. This means we should gain a wider understanding of Scripture and have some of our long-held certainties challenged.

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Throwback: Consequences and Trumpets

Putting Romans 1 and Revelation 8 next to each other and seeing what happens.