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Justified Only By Faith (a Sermon)

Sola Fide: Justified Only by Faith. A sermon by Lionel Windsor. What faith means. What faith isn’t. Why justification only by faith really, really matters.

Learning to live in 3D

Have you ever been watching a 3D movie wearing 3D glasses, and done that thing where you close one eye and look at the screen, then open that eye and close the other eye and look at the screen again? Here’s a thought experiment for you. Do the same thing, metaphorically, with your picture of the Christian life.

It ain’t over till it’s over

“The debate is over” – this is an argumentative gambit I’ve noticed quite a few people using recently around the web. It’s a subtle rhetorical device, designed to make people who disagree with you sound petty and ill-informed. The three debates that I’ve noticed it being used in are as …

The Doubting Believer

A great post from Michael Jensen today about Abraham, Sarah, doubt and faith (I’m presuming it was originally a Moore College chapel sermon): The Doubting Believer I – Abram & Sarai An excerpt: The story of Abram illustrates for us that faith is not heroic. It might seem strange that …

The problem with John Piper’s view of justification

It seems to me that certain American preachers like John Piper have recently been eliciting a strangely disproportionate fascination and emotional commitment amongst Aussie evangelicals. So I thought I’d reiterate my previously published misgivings about Piper’s view of justification. Please don’t read this and assume I’m pitching my tent in …

Doctrines Under Threat 2: Union with Christ

Outline (Reading from Romans 6) Intro: Faith and Works Union with Christ in Philippians 3 Righteousness by law is rubbish (2-7) Knowing Christ (8a) Gaining Christ (8b) Being in Christ (9a) Righteousness through faith in Christ (9b) Living in Christ (10-11) What is Union with Christ? Fundamental To be …

Doctrines Under Threat 1: Nothing’s Right without Justification

I preached this three-part series recently at a church weekend away for those in their twenties and thirties.

Thanks to Sandy Grant for the title and idea for the series. Outline Martin Luther—”The Doctrine by which the Church stands or falls” Righteousness and Justification in the Bible Righteousness (Psalm …

The Individual and the Community in Paul

It’s been a concern of mine for some time that a number of New Testament scholars such as Tom Wright take an approach to justification in Paul which subordinates individual issues (such as personal sin, guilt and salvation) to communal concerns. The same is true in some scholarly approaches to …

Righteousness: neither substance nor status

I’ve noticed what I reckon is a false dilemma which has appeared over the meaning of the word “righteousness” (δικαιοσύνη). The false dilemma is pretty widespread, but here’s one example. I’ve been following Mike Bird’s excellent, informative and industriously updated blog for a while. Recently, Mike spoke about the meaning …

Postscript: Why the New Perspective claims that “righteousness” means “covenant faithfulness” – and why it’s wrong

Here’s a very insightful post from Lee Irons critiquing the theory that “righteousness” means “covenant faithfulness”. I’ll quote a sizeable chunk of Irons’ conclusions because they’re highly relevant to both of my series on righteousness and covenant: As you can see, the New Perspective claim that “the righteousness of God” …