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Three troubling thoughts prompted by Paul

... in his "Areopagus speech" in Acts 17:

1. “Maybe we all depend on God.”

2. “Maybe we can all know God.”

3. “Maybe we will all be judged by God.”

Come along to Emmanuel on Sunday morning to hear more.

The two most basic criteria for identifying chiasms

The corresponding elements must (1) exhibit genuine thematic and/or verbal parallels; and (2) be roughly similar in length. (An exception to the latter criterion might be when one half of the chiasm exhibits elements that are consistently much shorter or longer than the other, as for example in the possible chiastic relation between James 1 and James 2-5.)...

A call to worship, Psalm 2

The LORD has enthroned his King, the Lord Jesus Christ, at his right hand in heaven. He has given to him the nations as his inheritance, and the ends of the earth as his possession. Now we are invited to bow before the throne of our loving heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ. Be wise: serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Blessed are all who take ref...

The meanings of the millstone

At first glance, the meaning of Luke 17:1-2 is pretty obvious. Here's the text: "And he said to his disciples, 'Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.'" A ...

It's all and nothing with Jesus

Jesus demands from all nations nothing less than entire faithfulness and obedience. At the same time, Jesus offers to all nations nothing less than complete atonement and forgiveness. With Jesus, it really is all or nothing. Or maybe it’s all and nothing: All of our lives are to be laid before him; and nothing of our sins shall be remembered by him....

Guided Reading Course 3: Prayer

Introduction This is the third of the three introductory sessions to the Emmanuel Guided Reading Course, which are together designed to pave the way for the programme of theological study that follows. Here’s an outline of the first three weeks: Session 1: Approaching theological study ...
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