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Indefensible? Saul and the Amalekite Genocide

by Steve McAlpine

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The Old Testament are eschatological judgement “intrusions”: judgement events that break into history at certain times as precursors to the final judgement of sin. This intrusion theology is fulfilled by the ultimate eschatological judgement intrusion—​the cross of Christ. There on the cross Jesus takes on the force of God’s judgement upon himself, despite his obedience to God and our disobedience.

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‘Sola Scriptura’ – The Bible Alone

by Peter Adam

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We often think of ‘sola scriptura’ in terms of authority in matters of faith and practice. The Reformers also knew that the Bible is the chief instrument of ministry, because it is God’s powerful and effective word. The Bible must be in our ears, in our hearts, in our hands, and on our lips.

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Tackling the Text

by Amy Stopher

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​As I reflect back on 2016, it strikes me that one of the most useful resources we've produced for our leaders has been a bit of a happy accident. Each week over lunch our whole staff team meets to ‘Tackle the Text’.

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Beyond a Joke? The Place of Humour in the Christian Life

by Susanna Baldwin

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More than just a rush of endorphins, laughter keeps us attuned to life’s paradoxes and in turn points us to the greatest paradox of all time and eternity, our reconciliation to God through his Son. With the Spirit’s help, humour has the powerful potential to keep us humble, honest and hospitable as we walk the path of the redeemed life towards our eternal home.

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Review: Empires of Dirt, by Douglas Wilson

by Simon Kennedy

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What would happen if, in speaking the truth to power (prophetically, of course), power listened? What if the king, or the entirety of Malcolm Turnbull’s cabinet, or Donald Trump, actually turned to Christ and publicly confessed him?

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Peter Jensen's Unpopular Opinions: (6) The Bible is Clear

by Peter Jensen

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One of the tactics used to bypass the Bible without attacking its authority directly is to point to scholarly disagreement. When the two sides sit together to discuss their differences, the opening gambit is to say, ‘Well, scholars of the Bible disagree on the meaning of the text of scripture on this subject. Therefore it is perfectly right therefore for both sides to appeal to Scripture, but wrong to think that you have the only interpretation possible.

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