CategoryBible and Theology

Articles on Reformation theology, Apologetics, and Bible studies.

Robert Capon on What You Should Never Do with the Parables of Jesus

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If you are like me, then you grew up being told that the characters in the parables of Jesus are, first of all, a model for living. That the good characters were to be imitated, and the bad ones avoided. This, for me, cemented the way I looked at Jesus’s parables. Whenever I came across a parable, I laboured to squeeze moral lessons out of it as if it were a divine orange meant to take away my...

Sin, Death and Hell Belong to Christ

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The […] incomparable grace of faith is this, that it unites the soul to Christ, as the wife to the husband; by which mystery, as the Apostle teaches, Christ and the soul are made one flesh. Now if they are one flesh, and if a true marriage—nay, by far the most perfect of all marriages—is accomplished between them (for human marriages are but feeble types of this one great marriage), then it...

Why We Care About the African Church

As a seminary student in the US, I see something foundational to the church in Africa that I had earlier on been oblivious to. I am deeply convinced that one of the problems in the African church is the absence of the gospel. Now, you might read that and go like: “Nah, I don’t think so, my pastor preaches to us every Sunday, how then can you say that there is no Gospel in our pulpits?” And I...

The Man who Looks Like Garbage

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Filthy he walks under the weight of a pile of trash, Filthily they look on as his steps disgust the streets, Filthy is the stench of his trash. Filth gets him condemned, To God, a divine disgrace he’s declared. The man who looks like garbage   Into the abyss there he goes, Where would that mountain of filth go except with him to damnation? Where would the man take the garbage except into...

Why You Should Honour Elvis Mbonye

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He saw the invaders long before they came. In a vision, he saw people with wings like butterflies and skins of babies. These strange people would come in granaries which ran on ropes. Not just that, these people had a strange liking for land, they ate it like food. According to his vision, these weirdos would also alienate children from their parents and societies. This prognostication came to...

I Said, “You are gods…” Are We?

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We had just come off a steamy trek in the mission field and as we rested in the temporary structure that housed the church which had hosted us, one of us muttered those words. The kind that raise eyebrows, to say the least. Everyone jumped in to silence the young man. What had just happened was what a Nigerian would call an ‘abomination.’ “How dare you?” one of us asked. For a moment I thought...

The True Way of Salvation

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With Paul we absolutely deny the possibility of self-merit. God never yet gave to any person grace and everlasting life as a reward for merit. The opinions of the papists are the intellectual pipe-dreams of idle pates, that serve no other purpose but to draw men away from the true worship of God. The papacy is founded upon hallucinations. The true way of salvation is this. First, a person must...

What if God Allows Suffering?

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Facebook has become for me a theological ‘battle-ground.’ Unlike the pictures which are meticulously filtered, the ideas are never filtered. The biggest debate this week has been that of the sovereignty of God. It may seem pretty obvious to you that God is in control, “of course He is,” you might say, but it may not be that obvious. Someone came out and asserted that God is not...

The Distinction between Law and Gospel

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But you ask how it can be the fact that faith alone justifies, and affords without works so great a treasure of good things, when so many works, ceremonies, and laws are prescribed to us in the Scriptures? I answer, before all things bear in mind what I have said: that faith alone without works justifies, sets free, and saves, as I shall show more clearly below. Meanwhile it is to be noted that...

[Audio] The False Doctrine of Asceticism

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For the past thirteen weeks, some amazing folks and I at The fellowship have been strolling with me through Paul’s letter to the Colossians. To say that we have been “strolling” is not to say that we have been doing it aimlessly. No. As I teach through this amazing letter, God does show how these ancient words are ever true, these doctrines which Paul pointed out at the start of the First Century...

One Rejected Prayer which Forever Changed the World

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“And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”—Luke 22:44 (ESV) The culture we live in today is so full of itself. One unanswered prayer can mean so many things. I have heard someone say to a group of people that their prayers remain unanswered because they did not purify themselves. I am still trying to figure out what...

The True Nature of Sin

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When is sin a sin? Isn’t that the most asked question in church today? What about playing the lottery, is it sin? Where do we draw the line? You will agree with me that chalking the line to what qualifies as sin and what doesn’t is not a piece of cake. Especially so, in a culture that, instead of ‘finding the truth, chooses to create it.’ Thankfully for us, there is God’s word—the Bible, to...