Edenic Grace

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What if Eden was a place not of perfection per se, but of perfect grace? What if Adam enjoyed bliss, not because of absolute spiritual and physical wholeness, but by virtue of God’s graceful declaration that humanity was “very good”?  We are so used to thinking of sinlessness, righteousness and perfection as static states, but what if they are defined not … Read More

Strange Fire, Red Herrings & Discernment

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“I resigned as an elder because people falling over backwards is not in the Bible, therefore it cannot be from God.” I heard this statement about 14 years ago when I was a student in London.  The man was a former elder of a large, well-known church in London and this was my first encounter with the theology espoused at … Read More

Inexhaustible Grace

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“Think about it: beneath your happiest moments and closest relationships inevitably lies some instance of being loved in weakness or deserved judgment. Someone let you off hook when you least deserved it. A friend suspended judgment at a key moment. Your father was lenient when you wrecked his car. Your teacher gave you an extension, even though she knew you’d … Read More

The Jacob Theme in John 1:43-51

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Why does John include this theme about Jacob in this part of his Gospel (John 1:43-51). It has been observed throughout church history that the conversation between Jesus and Nathanael is full of references to Jacob.  Firstly,  we have Jesus initial “Here is a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit” (a reference to Jacob’s two names and their … Read More