Does Penal Substitution make the rest of Jesus’ life meaningless?

There’s been a long running accusation against Evangelicals that goes something like this.

1. The focus on Jesus dying in our place so we can be forgiven and go to heaven makes the rest of Jesus’ ministry pointless. It means his life was just a build up to the real event – The Cross.

2. Christians who believe that Jesus died to take the penalty so they can have eternal life have very little interest in what happens in this life. They are purely interested in what happens after death. This also means that they have little motivation to change. They might as well do what they want now because they are saved by grace. Continue reading

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Dreaming

This is a little follow on from Stephen Kneale’s article on dreams. I think I was probably one of the people he has been talking about this subject with recently. Continue reading

A disturbing Interruption (Genesis 38)

Our Sunday Night Church studies have been taking us through the life of Joseph in Genesis 37-50. The story begins in chapter 37 with Joseph telling his brothers about his dreams, being given a beautiful coat marking his father’s love for him and then being sold into slavery. However instead of continuing the story with Joseph’s service in Potiphar’s house, chapter 38 interrupts the flow with the disturbing story of Judah and Tamar. Continue reading

Dave’s Reading List – God, Love and Sacrifice

Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the Royal Wedding opened up a whole conversation about  what God is like, what it means to say that God is Love, what love is and why exactly Jesus came -is it enough simply to say that his death was sacrificial? What does this mean, was it simply an example, a demonstration of love or something more? Continue reading

Expository Worship and 2 Samuel

I thought I’d share an example with you of our congregation leaders thinking through how to connect up the teaching series with the rest of the service over the next few months.  We are coming to the end of 2 Samuel (ch 14-24) and so we did two things. First of all, the preaching team met together to look at the big picture of what is coming up. The the congregation leadership team (11:15) spent a bit of time thinking about implications for songs, prayers, responses additional readings etc. This is what they came up with.

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Reasoning in an uncertain world – The Enigma Sermons and Straight & Crooked Thinking

When we started faithroots.net we said that we had two key purposes. First, this is a teaching and training hub. Our aim is to help equip people to be better able to serve the Gospel. Secondly, we also said:

“This website is for people living in a messy world.  The evidence of the mess is all around us.  I grew up towards the end of the Cold War and remember the day that the Berlin Wall came down.  We were promised that this would usher in a new era with a peace dividend.  One writer even claimed that we were seeing the end of history.  We seem to be a long way from that day now.  9/11 shattered those hopes so that we now live once again under a shadow of war and terrorism.”[1] Continue reading

Night and Day – Special Revelation, Spiritual Gifts and Revelation

I am not a cessationist. This means I believe that the types of spiritual gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12 are available to the church today.  However, we often have a problem about what to do with gifts like prophecy, visions and dreams.  These are revelatory gifts but we believe that Scripture is God’s full and sufficient revelation. Continue reading