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What is the image of God? Part 2

What is the image of God? Part 2 (for part 1 see website) Image as Occupation In the ancient world there were images and idols of gods everywhere. Idols were designed to express the attributes of the god there represented and the gods were supposedly present through them. To see the idol was to see what the god was like; to serve…

What is the Image of God? – Part 1

What is the Image of God? Part 1 by Matthew Payne In Genesis 1:27 we read that ‘God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them’. However, the passage doesn’t define what “Image of God” means. Consequently “Image of God” has been interpreted in a vast number of ways throughout church history. Does it refer to…

Guidance on how to be a man

Guidance on how to be a man by Peter Sholl Warning: this post contains an obvious conclusion, but read on anyway! I am a 40-something Christian man. I am married, and at the moment I live in Australia (although I usually live in Mexico). I enjoy the cricket, can cook a good steak, and will happily go to the beach. Like most…

How can Christians go beyond the ‘Culture War’ – Part 2

How Christians Can Go Beyond The ‘Culture War’ – Part 2 Step 2: Resonate Understand the underlying desires that make them hold their view Once you’ve understood their position, you’re now ready for the next step: resonating with their viewpoint. The gospel doesn’t just challenge a culture, it also connects with it: Resonating means feeling the God-given ‘existential cry’ behind the other person’s position –…

How Christians can go beyond the ‘Culture War’ – Part 1

How Christians Can Go Beyond The ‘Culture War’ – Part 1 Many Christians feel we’re losing the ‘culture war’. From SSM to euthanasia, the traditional Christian perspective has lost ground in much of mainstream society. We’re a minority. And yet, I want to suggest that far from getting down about the marginalisation of Christianity, we should look to the opportunities that minority status brings. Now…

The Paradox of Prayer – Part 2

The Paradox of Prayer (part 2) Praying in the Spirit of Adoption As the risen Lord, Jesus pours out his Spirit to revive and transform us his people. And the Holy Spirit is integral to our praying, for he is the Spirit of Adoption (Galatians 4:1-7). He leads us to God, not simply as the Creator and Redeemer, but as our newly…

The Paradox of Prayer – part 1

The Paradox of Prayer – Part 1 BIBLE & THEOLOGY Praying is a paradox in the life of most Christians. When we reflect about the experience of praying, we find it is the easiest thing in the world, yet we are inevitably bad at doing it. And we find it is the point of feeling closest in our relationship with the God…

Three important differences between Flatter and Encouragement – Part 2

Three important differences between Flatter and Encouragement—Part 2 (for part 1 please visit our web site) Flattery builds pride; encouragement builds strength. Often flattery begins with the phrase “You are so…”. Granted, that doesn’t automatically define a statement as flattery, but when what follows is a thick syrup of meaningless praise, it’s a pretty good indicator. Since the flatterer is driven by…

Three important differences between Flattery and Encouragement – part 1

Three important differences between flattery and encouragement – Part 1 There’s a fine line between words that flatter and words that encourage—so fine, in fact, that the words used might be identical. “You are so beautiful” could qualify as rank fawning; it could also, given the right circumstances, tone of voice, and context of relationship, serve as a genuine statement of appreciation,…

4 Secular Myths about Religion (And why they’re Potentially Dangerous) – Part 3

4 Secular Myths About Religion … (And Why They’re Potentially Dangerous) – Part 3    Myth #4  – Religion is Against the Public Good,  It needs to be kept out of the public square. This view has been popularised by ‘New Atheist’ thinkers like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. It re-appeared last year in MSM articles about the SSM postal survey. Fairfax…