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Christians in the arts

James Jordan has some typically insightful things to say about how Christians should view the immense strengths of non-Christian cultural and artistic endeavours in his article "The Case against Western Civilization." One of the most striki...

God's delight

Ephesians 1:5 declares that God has predestined his people for adoption as his sons "according to the purpose of his will" (cf. vv, 9, 11). This could easily be misunderstood, for talk of "God's purpose" or "God's will" could sound frankly impersonal or even disinterested.But this is not the inmtended meaning at all, for the Greek work eudokia (here translated "purpose") has quite diff...

A chiasm in Joshua 1

This one is somewhat intriguing because some of the elements in the second half are considerably shorter than in the first, especially towards the end. Perhaps the chiastic structure is here being adapted, so that the second half serves as a kind of summary of the first - rather as a preacher today might briefly recap his points at the end of a sermon. Though here, of course, in keeping with th...
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