Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Reformed Theology

Valentijn Hepp writes: "Calvinism is the broadest and deepest Christianity; or if you will, it is the purest Christianity; or, as I should prefer to qualify it, it is the most consistent and likewise the most harmonious Christianity." 

(In Beeke, Living for God's glory, pp. 38-9)

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Abraham Kuyper view on the Transformationist Model

How do Christians relate to culture?

First, in every sphere of life Christians are to think and act distinctively as Christians. Second, "Christians should articulate their way of thinking. speaking, and acting...in the course of interacting with non-Christians in our shared human practices and instutions." In other words, if as a Christian I am conscious of my Christian beliefs as I am living and working, these beliefs will affect everything I do in life.

(As summarized by Timothy Keller in Center Church, p. 196.)

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Brexit

John Stevens from the FIEC gives a very helpful assessment of Brexit from an Evangelical Christian perspective which can be read here.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Cities!


I enjoyed watching this video and I was encouraged to see that this historical video from a secular perspective had no problem mentioning the Israelite Exodus under Moses. Increasingly, secular historians are accepting what we have always known - that the Bible is historically accurate!

Monday, 9 May 2016

The 9th Most Dangerous City in the World - Cape Town!

I watched this video with interest, having grown up in Cape Town, and going to school with a number of people from these communities. I was reminded while watching this of an occasion in my final year of High School in 2000 when I was invited to church with a friend from a place mentioned in this clip. I was reminded of this because there I heard the gospel preached faithfully. And watching this, while remembering this incident, brought hope in what seems like hopelessness. Christians live in these places. Preachers preach in these communities. Christ can reach even gangsters. If you're reading this, please pray for Cape Town!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Back to Basics - Part 5

Do you read the passage that the pastor is preaching on in preparation for the sermon? And do you read the passage he preached on after the sermon? All I want to do in this mini-sermon is encourage you to do that. It will help you gain a deeper understanding of what the Holy Spirit is wanting to teach you, especially when you do it prayerfully.

We are working through Genesis in the morning and Matthew in the evening and I usually preach around half a chapter to a whole chapter each week, so it shouldn't be too difficult to work out where we shall be in the Bible week by week.

Here are some Bible study questions to help you understand the passage better - slightly revised and hopefully improved.

  • Background questions:
    • Who wrote the book I am reading?
    • Who did he write it to?
    • What did the chapter mean for the people of that time?
    • What does the chapter I am reading teach me about God?
    • How does it point to Christ?
    • What does the chapter I am reading mean for me today? 
  • Questions to help me understand what the chapter means for me today:
    • Is there a command for me to obey?
    • Is there an example for me to follow?
    • Is there an error for me to avoid?
    • Is there a promise for me to claim?
    • Is there a sin for me to forsake?