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Andrew Moody has contributed 21 articles

When You Love the Show, But the Show Doesn’t Love You

by Andrew Moody

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But, of course, THT is more than simply a story. It is no secret that when Atwood wrote it in 1985, the book was a pamphlet for the culture wars—a protest against the religious right and its views on abortion, homosexuality and so on. And, given the rhetoric that surrounds this new adaptation, THT still serves that function. It appeals to the prejudices and fears of the intellectual left.

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Sola Scriptura: Seven Things it Is and Isn’t

by Andrew Moody

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The doctrine of Sola Scriptura insists that God has given us a surer word. It takes its stand on what the Bible says about itself: that Scripture is a light; an eternal reality; a firm foundation. It says that Scripture and Scripture alone is to be our rule of faith. It broke through the accretions of the ages and re-exposed the gospel of the apostolic era. It rejuvenated the living tradition. It placed God’s people in the path of the Holy Spirit and he blessed them.

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Happy 2017 (Praying for Time)

by Andrew Moody

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At TGCA this year we want ourselves and our readers to be people who understand our place in history. We want to look back and see the great works of God looming over everything: the coming of Christ; his death and resurrection; the spread and miraculous preservation of the church. We want to look back so we can look forward.

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A Hell of a Kiss

by Andrew Moody

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Love that is only for another human person is hellish. As long as it presents itself as the true goal of human existence, erotic passion cheats lovers of the real Love for which they were made. Carnal desires can only be right when we allow them to point us to the God who gives them. When we come to terms with their relationship to him, we idolise these created things less—but we can also love them better, understanding the true nature of their beauty.

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The Consummation of Awe

by Andrew Moody

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Heaven and earth are full of the glory of God. But in Christ we encounter the very radiance of God’s glory. He’s the one in whom we rediscover the world and can rediscover awe.

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The Testimony of Awe

by Andrew Moody

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By itself, awe is an effect of general revelation. It doesn’t compel people to become believers in the gospel, or even in God. But its influence on both believers and non-believers is frequently good. It can help us to think better. It makes us a little less swayed by the follies of our social setting. It raises our eyes. It summons us toward humility. Awe is a state primed for theological reflection. We should cultivate it in ourselves and each other.

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Does God Have Gender?

by Andrew Moody

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God is not a man; or like men; but there is one man who reveals God to us and teaches us how to be renewed in the image of our creator. We need Scripture to teach us how to think about both God and ourselves. We need to let its emphases and norms govern our own understanding. The appearance of the true Son doesn’t obliterate creational categories but relativises and fulfils them.

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The Ordered Godhead: (2) The Beauty of Ordered Willing

by Andrew Moody

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The persons of the Trinity love each other and honour each other through creating and saving us. There is initiative and there is response. There is unity and there is diversity. There is love that sends and love that answers. There's nothing heretical about this. It's a faith worth living for and dying for.

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The Ordered Godhead: (1) Commending Nicea

by Andrew Moody

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All Christians, if they know anything about the Trinity understand that God is one and three. Some take it as a bare mystery; a simple antithesis. But Scripture provides another way of synthesising the antithesis. It resolves the problem by showing that everything that the Son is and does derives from the Father.

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A Pentecost Meditation: Three Big Things Pentecost Means for Humans

by Andrew Moody

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In these dark days we need to remind ourselves and each other that it is still Pentecost. God is still at work through his Spirit, calling people from every nation as the Gospel of his Son keeps spreading. Jesus is still King, he is still at work in his Spirit to bring the world under his control and to set it praising the Father. Humans like us can still share in the glory of this enterprise by bearing witness to Jesus and his work.

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Seven Reasons Why You Should Believe in Total Depravity

by Andrew Moody

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The Doctrine of Total Depravity isn't about telling you that you are trash. It's about being honest about our own predicament and giving God the glory for what he has done through Christ. It's about how we become the people that God created us to be. It's about the bad news that makes way for the very best news of all.

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Easter Reflection: (2) Jesus in the Heights

by Andrew Moody

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In contrast to the pagan mind which fixates on what's happening in the lower heavens, Paul's Christian mind is preoccupied with Christ and his victorious reign far above them. Christ has disarmed and defeated the powers and authorities. Christ rules from a plane that is incomparably higher.

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Apologetics is for Fools

by Andrew Moody

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Apologetics isn’t needed because we lack reasons for faith, but because we, in our folly, suppress the truth. Apologetics seeks to point to fresh sparks before they are stamped out. It seeks to hold up those glimmering remnants of general revelation and show how they come from the True Light that gives light to everyone.

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The Image of God (5) Image and Likeness – Broken and Restored

by Andrew Moody

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The Church Fathers made a great deal of the incarnation, and the fact that it is Christ the eternal Image who perfects humans as images of God. They were right to get excited about that. But the New Testament reminds us that the greatest work of the eternal Image is his work on the cross. Jesus is the image that we should have been, he vindicates God's plans for the world. But he also invites us to join him.

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Heaven Now (3)

by Andrew Moody

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Our renewed appreciation for this world and its future risks confusing secondary realities with their source and centre. The main thing we need to be clear about, and most excited about, is that we will live with God and see his face. Astonishingly, this is the part of future which is already available to us today. Heaven has broken out on earth.

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The Problem with Heaven (2)

by Andrew Moody

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If heaven is the home of a holy God is then it must be a hostile place for sinful humans. The earthly places where God makes himself present tend to be dangerous and inhospitable; the more direct encounters are worse. Despite the fond imaginings of pagan and popular culture, heaven is no place for unclean people like us. Unless God finds a way for sinners to come close to him heaven will be hell.

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Still Hoping for Heaven (1)

by Andrew Moody

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While the wider world has grown more interested in heaven many of us have begun to turn away. But we should keep on talking about heaven – we need heaven to appreciate the blessings of the earth. The earth is good because it receives the blessings that flow out of God's presence.

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