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Granddad’s Bumper Sticker

April 13, 2010 // 2 Comments

Back in the 1970s my Granddad had a bumper sticker on his Ford Cortina that read: Christians Aren’t Perfect, Just Forgiven In the past 40 years I have thought more about that bumper sticker than any other! And after all this time I still haven’t decided whether I like it or not. Originally I thought the [...]

Incomplete Deeds: The Zombie Church of Sardis (Rev 3:1-6)

April 11, 2010 // 18 Comments

UPDATE: This is an old article. An updated and expanded commentary on this passage can be found in Paul’s book Letters from Jesus. What a wonderful thing for a church to get a letter from Jesus! The seven churches of Revelations 1-3 were a real mixed bag with some getting rebukes and others encouragement, but [...]

Grace and Propitiation in the Chronicles of Narnia

April 4, 2010 // 7 Comments

In an earlier post I wrote that Aslan died only for the sins of Edmund. That’s true, but it’s not the whole truth. I had forgotten parts of the conversation the White Witch had with Aslan. Rereading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe again last night, I came across this: “Have you forgotten the Deep [...]

Easter in Narnia: What Really Happened at the Stone Table

April 2, 2010 // 2 Comments

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the schoolboy Peter finds himself in two bloodthirsty battles. In the first he fights and slays Maugrim the Wolf, captain of the Witch’s secret police. You’ve got to admire Peter’s courage. One day he’s playing hide and seek in the Professor’s house, the next [...]

Christianity in The Simpsons: Top 12 Reverend Lovejoy Quotes

April 1, 2010 // 2 Comments

Who is the most watched preacher on American TV? For the past 20 years it has probably been the Reverend Timothy Lovejoy of the First Church of Springfield. This is both funny and depressing. Funny, because The Simpsons is good satire (or used to be); depressing because for many Reverend Lovejoy is the face of [...]

“The Naked Gospel” by Andrew Farley

March 31, 2010 // 11 Comments

If you’ve been plugged into the blogosphere you’ve probably heard of The Naked Gospel and the story of how it’s author, Andrew Farley, came to write it. Farley was burned out with “obsessive Christianity disorder.” The pressure he felt in trying to perform for Jesus reduced him to a nervous wreck. He [...]

Top 20 Joseph Prince Quotes

March 26, 2010 // 192 Comments

A little game I sometimes play is I switch over to the local Christian TV channel and see how long it takes for the preacher of the moment to mix law with grace. It’s not a game I enjoy! The more I appreciate the significance of Jesus’ sacrifice, the more sensitive I become to those who try and tell me it was [...]

Psalm 51 – The Badness of David versus the Goodness of God

March 23, 2010 // 15 Comments

Christians sometimes battle with guilt and condemnation even though God declares them “not guilty” and Christ has given us the gift of “no condemnation” (Rms 8:1). Some think that the way to shake off these bad feelings is to confess their sins. This is a little bit like saying “I feel condemnation [...]

Grace and Love in the Chronicles of Narnia

March 19, 2010 // 1 Comment

Like many young Christian men reading The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis, I used to wonder about Emeth the Calormene. You know the one. He was the Tash-worshipper who went through the stable door and was accepted by Aslan. Aslan makes it plain that he and the false god Tash have nothing in common. “We are [...]