Category: Faith

  • Why does Paul call himself an “Israelite” in Romans 11:1?

    Why does Paul call himself an “Israelite” in Romans 11:1?

    In my book, I argue that in Romans 11:1, Paul is claiming Israel’s future is guaranteed because Israel’s divine vocation is in fact being fulfilled by an Israelite (i.e. himself).

  • “How beautiful are the feet of those who evangelise” – it’s about Paul’s Gentile mission after all (Romans 10:14-18)

    “How beautiful are the feet of those who evangelise” – it’s about Paul’s Gentile mission after all (Romans 10:14-18)

    I used to think that Romans 10:14-18 was about the (mostly failed) Christian mission to Jews. I was wrong. After closely reading this text, I now think it’s about Paul’s mission to Gentiles.

  • Justification by Faith Only: the doctrine on which the church falls or stands?

    Justification by Faith Only: the doctrine on which the church falls or stands?

    Without the doctrine of justification by faith only we neither know the fullness of who Jesus is or who we are. How can the church stand without either?

  • Speech not works (Romans 10:8-10)

    Speech not works (Romans 10:8-10)

    In my book, I argue that the mention of the “mouth” alongside the “heart” is a key to Paul’s argument about the nature of salvation.

  • God’s Word versus Religion (1 Kings 17-18)

    This sermon is part 1 in a 3-part series on 1 Kings 17-22. Outline: What do you need? Scene 1: God’s word alone meets Elijah’s needs (17:1-7) Scene 2: God’s word alone meets the needs of his enemies (17:8-16) Scene 3: The man of God’s word brings life (17:17-24) Scene 4: Obadiah is afraid (18:1-16) […]

  • Luther On Law

    This is an astonishingly profound and helpful summary of Luther’s understanding of the significance of God’s “Law”. I commend it especially to preachers. A warning though: Don’t try to read it on the run. You need some time and space to digest it properly. Luther On Law – Jono Linebaugh. PS Jono is a former […]

  • Pet food, pornography, and the law

    From The Briefing: One lazy afternoon in 1999, travel writer Bill Bryson discovered a shop that sold pet supplies and pornography.1 It was at the far end of the main street of an unassuming Australian country town called Young. The front of the shop contained rather mundane supplies of flea powder, fish flakes, and other […]

  • 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 follows: The debate concerning the […]

  • 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 New Testament presents doubting […]