The Soul of Christ’s Sufferings
May19

The Soul of Christ’s Sufferings

Crucifixion is perhaps the most violent, humiliating and painful method of execution ever devised. The very word that we use for acute pain (excruciating) comes from crucifying. Yet we must never forget that the deepest sufferings were infinitely greater than the physical pain. As someone has put it, the soul of His sufferings was the sufferings of His soul. What do we mean by His soul sufferings? Samuel Rutherford puts it succinctly:...

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The Bible’s Main Teachings in 2 Words
Feb10

The Bible’s Main Teachings in 2 Words

Summarising a book of more than 780, 000 words is a colossal challenge. Especially when it is a book infinitely more important than any other. Perhaps it is impossible to do that meaningfully in two words. But to summarise the main teachings of the Bible is entirely different from condensing its entire contents. It is not a high level overview to provide general knowledge but a set of keys to unlock its personal application. Just two...

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What Should You Read?
Nov25

What Should You Read?

Reading rates are decreasing steadily. Many can read; they just don’t. There are many other ways of consuming our time, so that we’re often too “busy” to read. The truth is that we would find reading more genuinely relaxing than many other things that occupy our attention. It is also likely to better nourish our souls. But perhaps part of our difficulty is the paralysing choice due to the range of books available....

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What Does the Cross Teach Us?
Oct21

What Does the Cross Teach Us?

The cross of Christ is referred to frequently. Yet it is possible to do this without any deep meditation on what it teaches us. It can also be widely and very seriously misunderstood. Some have claimed that Christ died on the cross only to give us an example of how to live and suffer or to show us the love of God. They fail to reckon with the real infinite guilt of sin as it is emphasised in Scripture.  There is a true sense in which...

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Being Captivated by the Beauty of God
Sep23

Being Captivated by the Beauty of God

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” according to human opinion – but not when it comes to God. He is beauty itself. There is nothing in Him that is not truly beautiful. Indeed all beauty has an objective standard in the absolute beauty of God. It’s not an aspect of God’s being that we consider often, if at all. Yet David sought this as his greatest desire: nothing was more important to him (Psalm...

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God’s Hearty Invitation to Sinners
Sep16

God’s Hearty Invitation to Sinners

Someone has estimated that God gives an invitation with the word “come” 642 times in the Bible. Whether or not that is the case, they are certainly frequent. Some of the most attractive invitations are found in Isaiah chapter 55. It was often a passage children were given to memorise for this very reason. The offers made in this passage are based on the everlasting mercies of a covenant God. William Guthrie said that...

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