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Repost: Why does Hebrews quote from the Psalms so much? (January 2013) image
Repost: Why does Hebrews quote from the Psalms so much? (January 2013)

A strange thing about Hebrews is that the author loves quoting from the Pslams. More than that, he often uses a Pslam to help interpret other parts of the Bible - for example Psalm 95 used to understand Sabbath and creation rest, or Pslam 40 used to interpret the sacrificial system or

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The Australian Option: Indifference

With Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option on everyone’s reading list (including mine) I think it’s worth pointing out that the USA could benefit from hearing a little about the Australian secular experience of the past fifty years or so. When my mate Damo and I first planted

Mirrors 26th March 2017 image
Mirrors 26th March 2017

Critique a preaching ministry, not just individual sermons: yes, @Roryshiner, yes!  My article on clarity in evangelistic communication Greg Clarke CEO of the Bible Society talks about the Coopers fiasco  Love a lot of the First Things critique of Sherlock Season 4 This First Things episode makes me

Sprinkler Church or Drip Line Church? image
Sprinkler Church or Drip Line Church?

You know the difference between a sprinkler watering system and a drip line system? Sprinklers spread out water from a central source (a hose pipe attached to a tap) indiscriminately.  The reach of the water is limited by a number of factors; the water pressure, the hose size, the type

Keller, Kuyper and Ernest Hemingway image
Keller, Kuyper and Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway once entered an Ernest Hemingway Look-a-like competition.  He came second. Tim Keller just entered an Abraham Kuyper Look-a-like competition and was disqualified. For looking too alike. https://stephenmcalpine.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/ernest-hemingway_1936815b.jpg?w=352&h=220Ernest Hemingway https://stephenmcalpine.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/keller-tim.jpg?w=314&h=314Not

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The Pastor As Navigator

https://stephenmcalpine.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-22-at-9-02-52-pm.png?w=529 The pastoral role has been described in rich and varied metaphors from the Bible, but a function that I am increasingly drawn to is fromGreek mythology*; that of the navigator sailing people between the monsters Scylla

Jumping The Dead Shark image
Jumping The Dead Shark

Two of the great works of art on death don’t simply posit the inevitability of death, but go deeper.  The sheer mental magnitude of considering one’s own demise is summed up brilliantly in Damien Hirst’s memorable shark suspended in formaldehyde; The Physical Impossibility of Death in The

Briefing theological students on college mission before attending a local ministry event image
Briefing theological students on college mission before attending a local ministry event

My colleague Andy recently send this message to an SMBC mission team in preparation for their involvement in our Uni Fellowship Engage conference with the CU. Drawing on his own experience as a theological student, he was careful to brief the team well about the nature of our ministry and

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