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Laodicea, Part 4: “Buy” Your Salvation (Rev 3:18)

May 21, 2010 // 16 Comments

The letter to the Laodiceans is just 222 words long. In 47 of those words Jesus describes the Laodiceans and lukewarm and self-sufficient. The thing that made them self-sufficient was that they were lukewarm – they were mixing law and grace and ending up with self-righteousness. (See Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 [...]

Laodicea, Part 3: Who’s Wretched and Poor? (Rev 3:17)

May 18, 2010 // 14 Comments

The Laodicean church was one of the most messed up churches in the Bible. So I guess it should be no surprise that today it remains one of the most preached about churches. We can learn a lot from other people’s mistakes. In Revelations 3:14-21, Jesus gives the Laodicean church a stern warning. It was a [...]

Laodicea, Part 2: What Makes Jesus Sick? (Rev 3:16)

May 16, 2010 // 30 Comments

God never makes us sick but did you know it’s possible for people to make him feel sick? Now there’s a staggering thought. Yet this is exactly the reaction the Laodicean church elicited from Jesus. They were lukewarm and Jesus said their lukewarmness made him nauseous: “Because you are lukewarm, and [...]

The Fear of God in the New Covenant

May 14, 2010 // 16 Comments

Jesus died on the cross to reconcile man to God and so that we might live free from the fear of punishment. Yet the phrase “the fear of the Lord” comes up many times in the New Testament. What does it mean to have the fear God under the new covenant? The following is a special guest post from my friend Ryan [...]

U2 Frontman Speaks Out: Top 20 Bono Quotes

May 10, 2010 // 1 Comment

Today, the 10th of May, is Bono’s birthday. Everyone has heard of Bono the rock star or Bono the political agitator. Everyone has some idea of what Bono does. But what’s particularly interesting is why Bono does it. A few years ago I read a book called Bono on Bono and it provided a rare glimpse into the [...]

Laodicea, Part 1: Are You “Hot” Enough for God? (Rev 3:15)

May 8, 2010 // 49 Comments

The letter to the Laodicean church may be the best known of the seven Revelations letters. But it is also the most troubling letter for many Christians. The difficulty stems from the rebuke spoken by Jesus: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, [...]

What Do You Think? Two Must-Read Books about Transformed Minds

May 6, 2010 // 11 Comments

What you think has a great bearing on who you are and what you do. “For as a man thinks, so he is,” (Pro 23:7). Yet an outsider looking at the church would find there are some who don’t seem to think much at all. I’m talking about those who hold to a mindless form of religion, characterized by [...]

Top 12 Søren Kierkegaard Quotes

May 5, 2010 // 11 Comments

Today, 5 May, is the anniversary of the birthday of that gloomy Dane, Søren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard, who was born in 1813 and died on 11 on November 1855, has been called the father of existentialism. If you don’t know what existentialism is, just read Ecclesiastes. Existential thinking often pertains to the [...]

God Is Good, But How Good Is He?

April 30, 2010 // 32 Comments

I read something on the weekend that hit me like a stone. It was in a book written by someone who is troubled that the church no longer fears God like in the good ol’ days of the Old Testament. The problem, apparently, is the result of “overemphasizing the goodness of God.” Think about that. We have [...]

Jesus’ Medicine – Tastes Like Ribena

April 24, 2010 // 14 Comments

My 5 year old came home from school yesterday with a fever. We wrapped her up in her doona, made her comfortable on the couch, and we prayed for her. She got worse. By the time dinner was served she was lying on the floor moaning. She said she couldn’t get up. It was time for Jesus’ Medicine! It might [...]

Where Does Forgiveness Come From? And Why Does it Matter?

April 19, 2010 // 12 Comments

There are two statements in the Bible that seem to contradict each other: 1.    If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Mt 6:14) 2.    Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Col 3:13) Did you spot the difference? The first statement says forgiveness starts with [...]