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Miscalculating the Matchup

Miscalculating the Matchup

With Daniel 10–11, the text before us this morning (Ezekiel 38–39) may be the most frequently-read text with newspaper in hand. For centuries, people have tried to identify with precision the characters and nations portrayed in this text to map its fulfilment. In the...
The Language of Sin

The Language of Sin

Back in 1996, George Carey, then Archbishop of Canterbury, was questioned by a journalist about Prince Charles’s marital infidelity. He replied that Prince Charles “is a man who takes faith seriously, who attends worship, and someone who has struggled, as many people...
Reckoning with God

Reckoning with God

In March 2019, MatadorNetwork.com published an article about six “gorgeous churches” that have been converted into breweries and bars. The article noted that “official estimates list the number of church closures at around 4,000 a year, and new tenants are keeping the...
Sola Scriptura

Sola Scriptura

Historians draw a distinction between the “formal” and “material” causes of the Protestant Reformation. The language may sound a little foreign to the modern ear because we tend to contrast “formal” with “informal” and “material“ with “immaterial.” Philosophically...
An Instructed Church

An Instructed Church

I said yesterday that the closing words of New Testament letters are sometimes interpreted in a highly individualistic way. We saw then that Paul’s instructions in the verses we considered there could not be applied individualistically, and the text before us today (1...