Which five Bible books have drawn you closer to Christ and encouraged you on in faith the most?

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Ray Ortlund asked this question on Twitter the other day. We of course know that All Scripture is God breathed but I agree with Ray that in our experience most of us will find that there are specific books of the Bible that have particularly stood out for us and ones which we find ourselves… Continue reading Which five Bible books have drawn you closer to Christ and encouraged you on in faith the most?

Sheep and Goats: Are Paul and Jesus in conflict -a worked example

I got involved in a conversation the other day about what it means to say that Scripture, the whole of it is God’s Word.  It arose because some people were going back over that old question “are we as evangelicals guilty of Bible-olatry?” In other words do we end up worshipping our Bibles more than… Continue reading Sheep and Goats: Are Paul and Jesus in conflict -a worked example

Generous Righteousness: The one who lavishes grace on us

The story of Ruth is also of course the story of Boaz and what an incredible story it is.  Boaz is the land owner who sees a foreign widow gleaning in his field and when he finds out who she is insists that she is protected and well treated. Of course, Boaz at one level… Continue reading Generous Righteousness: The one who lavishes grace on us

The Daily Dose – Faithroots Audio

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Over the past couple of months I’ve started providing an additional resource via Faithroots. A lot of people seem to prefer to download something to listen to whilst getting on with other activities. So, I’ve started producing an audio Bible exposition on Monday to Friday – #TheDailyDose. The idea is that we just open up… Continue reading The Daily Dose – Faithroots Audio

Don’t just give them knowledge on a plate

I’ve written a few articles over the past few days about the importance of providing foundational knowledge as we teach people, whether in schools, church or other educational type contexts.  I see this as important but things can go too far the other way. There is a benefit to not always teaching knowledge and providing… Continue reading Don’t just give them knowledge on a plate

Cultural Capital and Biblical Literacy

E.D. Hirsch is an American author and academic with a particular interest in literacy.  His ideas are currently catching on in the UK among educationalists although I’m sure quite a few teachers will say that they are basic common sense.[1] His premise is that before we worry about skills, we need a foundation of knowledge.… Continue reading Cultural Capital and Biblical Literacy

“under whose wings you have taken refuge”

I love the story of Ruth and I particularly love this verse: The LORD repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”  [1] The context is that Naomi and Ruth have come back… Continue reading “under whose wings you have taken refuge”

How 2 Timothy 3:16 shows us that Scripture is sufficient

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A Roman Catholic will tell you that they too believe in the authority of Scripture.  They believe 2 Timothy 3:16 to be true. It’s also that they believe that when Christ gave the keys to the church, this authority meant that it would be the church or its magisterium a few hundred years later who… Continue reading How 2 Timothy 3:16 shows us that Scripture is sufficient