For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law, but when in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them. 2 Chronicles 15:3–4 As we conclude 2021 and contemplate the way forward it is imperative we clarify the core issues of the current cultural crisis—"Where there is no … [Read more...]
This teaching stream explores how God Speaks.
God is relational and rational and therefore speaks to us. First, God's self-disclosure has already occured for every person through direct apprehension, through our own humanness in the world external to us and the one within. Second, he speaks more fully through his Word, incarnate in Jesus Christ and inscripturate in the Bible, in rational propositional form. Third, he speaks through various charismata (spiritual gifts) such as prophecy, though not with the canonical authority of Scripture.
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God communicates with us in four ways:
- The Creation & Conscience (his Cosmos)
- The Bible (his Word)
- The Incarnation (his Son)
- The Charismata (his Spirit)
In this paper we will first briefly consider in the Introduction: 1) the role of the Bible as the foundation for rationality, 2) a novel error that undermines the Bible, 3) the doctrine of the preservation of the Scriptures, and 4) the theological presuppositions behind this novel belief that undermines the Bible. And second, we will then consider seven characteristics of error … [Read more...]
In this Advent season we pause again to consider the miracle of the incarnation—of God becoming man in the person of Jesus Christ. Born in humble circumstances to an obscure Hebrew girl, at first glance there was nothing to recommend the thought that he was destined for greatness; that he would, indeed, become the Saviour and Ruler of the world. Without the accoutrements … [Read more...]
The relativistic individualism of an experience-driven culture has tragically produced an experience-driven Christianity that elevates spiritual experience over sound doctrine, opening up God's people to a multitude of deceptions. While many Christians are concerned, and rightly so, about the marginalisation of Christianity from the public square, far more insidious and urgent … [Read more...]
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage … [Read more...]