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New Year's resolutions: Read more of the Bible

Sat, 29/12/2007 - 12:46 -- James Oakley

I’m sure you end up making the same resolutions every year.

One that I make frequently is to read more of the Bible. New year is a good time to make that resolution, because if it becomes your aim to read the whole Bible in a year (or two years, or four), then January 1st is as good a day as any to begin.

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Mourning for sin - real or spurious?

Sun, 23/12/2007 - 21:56 -- James Oakley

Thanks, Neil Robbie, for joining the world of bloggers, even if you only post your starter post. A sobering, but fantastically helpful, quotation from Thomas Boston on how to tell when our mourning for sin might be spurious rather than real and heart-felt.

I look forward to reading more of Neil’s jottings.

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Did Matthew know how to read the Old Testament?

Mon, 17/12/2007 - 10:44 -- James Oakley

Doing some work on the birth narrative in Matthew at the moment, and enjoying the recently published commentary on Matthew by R T France.

He has a brilliant (if long) paragraph arguing that Matthew was not a poor Old Testament handler at all, but knew exactly what he was doing. So brilliant, it’s worth quoting in full (from page 45)

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Greater works than these

Thu, 13/12/2007 - 10:07 -- James Oakley

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)

If, like me, you’ve ever read that verse and puzzled slightly over what those “greater works” are, then it’s time to visit Doug Wilson’s blog over at Blog and Mablog.

Yesterday he posted an entry entitled Greater Works which sheds a lot of light on that verse.

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Today. With me. In paradise

Tue, 11/12/2007 - 17:08 -- James Oakley

“I tell you the truth, today you wll be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

So said Jesus, on the cross, to “the other criminal”. A saying that has been precious to me for some time, not least because of the implications for the way in which God saves by grace not works. The model sinner, whose saving faith could not be accompanied by any good works. Such a verse makes very clear that God does not save us because of our works (as instrumental cause), but by faith. James 2 makes clear that genuine faith will be accompanied by good works, but Luke 23 makes clear that such good works are the outworking of faith in space and time not an essential component of it.

But I want to reflect on this verse from another angle today. What we can learn from this verse about what awaits the believer after they die.

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New colour scheme?

Mon, 03/12/2007 - 17:05 -- James Oakley

Yes – but it’s no big deal!

Partly, I can’t quite decide what I like.

Partly, Edible Words is nearly ready to launch, and the colour scheme I chose for myself was converging a little too close to the scheme for that site. My scheme was chosen on a whim. The scheme for Edible Words was chosen quite deliberately (if you’ve been there you’ll know why Burgundy Red and Ripe-Grain Gold were the two colours I went for). So mine was the one to budge.

But I still can’t quite decide what I like, so this may not be the end of it…

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