Friday, 27 March 2015

Sabbatical Update - Week 11

You may notice the word 'hell' in the titles of many of the books above. When reading one of these books on a train down to London a few weeks ago, the man sitting opposite me said jokingly that he didn't approve of the book I was reading! It does appear to be a rather unpleasant collection.

Yet studying hell has been far from unpleasant. It would be wrong, I think, to study this doctrine without a sense of burden for those who do not know Christ, but this should not distract us from what it tells us about God, namely his holiness, his justice and his unfailing dedication and love for his people. It has been a privilege to immerse myself in study these past nine weeks.

I have one week to go. I have a lot of things I want to finish up and I pray that what I have studied will be of benefit to the people of God when I return to active ministry in less than two weeks.


  1. Glad to hear it is going well - and we are looking forward to hearing you preach too.

    Has studying hell in greater detail made you feel more in awe of what God has saved us from?

    Easter is an amazing time to reflect on the amazing gift of everlasting life and freedom from the wages of sin that is freely given to those who truly repent and believe.

  2. Thanks for your comments Paul. Those are insightful comments you made. That's surely the key: Reflection on hell must lead to praise to God for such a great salvation, and thankfulness to our Saviour for all he endured on our behalf!