A short reflection on dying well, by Augustine

Answering the concerns raised about why many Christians were killed in the persecutions by the Roman emperors, Augustine (354-430) points us to an essential truth about death itself. This excerpt is from his classic work The City of God. But, it is added, many Christians were slaughtered, and were put to death in a hideous…

Would we need government in a sinless world?

“Even in a sinless social setting, some sort of collective decision-making would be necessary for the harmonious ordering of human affairs. In a sinless world where complex activities take place, rules and regulations would have an important function. Even totally benevolent, God-glorifying human beings would have had to decide which side of the road to drive on,…

A look at Justification

    N.T. Wright is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. This extract is from his article, Justification: The Biblical Basis and its Relevance for Contemporary Evangelicalism, available here. The positive result of justification is that we live for God because Christ has died for us. Good…

Modernity: story without a storyteller

In an article published over twenty years ago, the late Lutheran theologian, Robert W. Jenson (1930-2017), left a rather poignant paragraph for us to reflect on:   “If there is little mystery about where the West got its faith in a narratable world, neither is there much mystery about how the West has lost this…

Christ in Greek society

The coming of Christ turned the world upside down. As the fourth-century Christian bishop and writer Athanasius (296 – 373AD) points out, the impact of Christ upon early Greek society showed clearly that this was no ordinary person. “When did people begin to abandon the worship of idols, unless it were since the very Word…

Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Revival

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899 – 1981) was a Welsh Protestant minister, preacher and medical doctor who was influential in the Reformed wing of the British evangelical movement in the 20th century. He was the minister of Westminster Chapel in London for almost 30 years. For more on his life and ministry, please visit http://www.mljtrust.org. *”It seems…

Truths of Calling

For the past several years, the theme of Calling has been very dear to me. I have increasingly come to see that it is a crucial truth for escaping the humdrum of modern life. As such, I am always on the lookout for books which help to clarify what it’s all about and provide much-needed…