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Telling Another Old Story

by Rhys Bezzant

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We must not assume that the English Reformation played by a different set of rules, or was not animated by theological debates or intellectual history. Luther’s Reformation is ours too as Anglicans. The continental reformation is central to the reformation of the Church in England in the sixteenth century, and the reverberations of the hammer in Wittenberg can still be heard distinctly in Australia today.

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Justification by Works or by Faith Alone? James or Paul?

by Peter Orr

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Protestant readers have always been a bit more nervous about James, who famously insists ‘that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone’. But ‘faith alone’ is James’ term for ‘bogus’ faith – a concept of faith that Paul, too, would reject, seeing as he suggests that the faith that justifies leads to obedience and love.

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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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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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