The Spirit-filled church

Wed, 13/08/2008 - 12:09 -- James Oakley

Lovely quotation from Leithart in Against Christianity on what a Spirit-filled church looks like:

Christian myth and ritual shape the people of God, by the power of the Spirit, into conformity to Christ, creating within the Church a palpable aroma of love, peace, purity, joy, ministry, mission and forgiveness. That aroma spreads from the Church to the city around it.


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Bible Reading Plan Generator

Sat, 05/07/2008 - 22:00 -- James Oakley

At long last, I’m please to present a new piece of software, Bible Reading Plan Generator.

There is a page dedicated to it on this site:

Bible Plan picture

Visit the software’s homepage for more information.

In essence, though, it’s free software that takes a list of Biblical books, and devises a reading plan for you over any number of days you want.

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Wed, 07/05/2008 - 13:28 -- James Oakley

Jam Cary’s post on Evangelicalism and Art is well worth reading.

Rough Table of Contents.

  • Trends in modern, Western, conservative evangelicalism. Things that modern, Western, conservative evangelicalism has absorbed from various influences… Things which make modern, Western, conservative evangelicals suspicious of art.
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Personality Types

Thu, 24/04/2008 - 09:19 -- James Oakley

Neil’s 8 biblical personality types offers a very helpful analysis of the kinds of people we find in the church and in the world at large. I, for one, find his Venn diagram most helpful to see the map at a glance.

He concludes with one of the right questions: “As a minister, the question is, how should God’s word be ministered and applied to each personality type?”

See also my earlier post on William Perkins’ categories of hearer

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Lord's Day

Mon, 21/04/2008 - 09:58 -- James Oakley

I most enjoyed Jam’s discussion with himself on the issues surrounding work on a Sunday.

Many of us, instinctively, think that refusing to work on a Sunday is a bad thing. Ideally we wouldn’t do it very often, but we mustn’t make a rule out of it. Surely, in this day and age when grace rules, Sabbath observance has had its day?

Not quite so simple. It’s all about how we use our freedom.

Anyway: Enjoy reading New Jam in dialogue with Old Jam

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Postmillenial Hymn of the Day

Thu, 14/02/2008 - 16:08 -- James Oakley

God is working his purpose out,
As year succeeds to year;
God is working His purpose out,
And the time is drawing near;
Nearer and nearer draws the time,
The time that shall surely be,
When the earth shall be filled
With the glory of God,
As the waters cover the sea.

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