Seeing God’s Glory (New Year Message)

“Did I not tell you that if you believe, you would see God’s Glory” (John 11:40)

I chose this verse for our midnight service because of two reasons. First of all, some of you have been face to face with death this year, you’ve stood by the graveside, attended thanksgiving services, been there at the Crematorium. Some of you have witnessed death metaphorically, you’ve suffered and grieved, you’ve let go. Here in John 11, Jesus arrives at Lazarus’ grave. Along the way he gets stopped by mourners ” If you had come sooner…” As he weeps, they comment “He opened the eyes of the blind, why didn’t he act here?” Maybe you identify with that sentiment. Why couldn’t Jesus have acted sooner, why if God is great didn’t he sort it? Continue reading

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Whose Agenda …and whose glory?

Abner’s political manoeuvrings and boasting lead to a tragic fall (2 Samuel 3). The man who believed he could deliver the kingdom to David meets a sticky end when Joab avenges his brother’s death. Abner has been the strong man in Israel, the commander of Saul’s army and now the power behind the throne of puppet king, Ishbosheth. Continue reading

Justice Starts with God

During the panel discussion on Justice,[1] Don Carson asks

“What are the biblical texts and theological themes that should most control our thinking about justice and righteousness issues in our lives, in the church, in the time and place in the world where God has placed us?”[2]

Tim Keller, Voddie Baucham and Thabite Anyabwile all start with The imago Dei, that is, the Bible’s teaching that we are made in God’s image. Keller notes that this means that God holds us responsible for taking life, that we “should not speak abusively” of others and that “God even holds animals responsible for killing a human being.”[3]

Then Anyabwile and John Piper take it up a level and say something absolutely vital to our understanding of justice. Anyabwile says Continue reading