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Correcting Friends

‘A friend should sympathize with and make allowance for a friend. He should consider his friend’s fault his own. He should correct his friend with humility and compassion. His face and voice should show sadness and disappointment , with sobs interrupting his words. His friend should not only see but feel that the correction comes…

Our Instinctive Self-Righteousness

‘There is nothing more characteristic of humanity than the universal tendency of one portion of that humanity to justify itself as deserving and some other portion as undeserving. Nothing is more foundational in Christian faith than the recognition that we can never be justified in that way. To speak of “deserving” is to divide up the world in a fashion that is…

The Authority of Scripture in Practice

‘Since Scripture is our only final and authoritative source in understanding truths about God and his relation to the created order, two things are required of us. First,we must submit to and embrace all that Scripture does teach, despite its agreement or disagreement with the values and teaching of our culture. If the authority of Scripture means anything, it means that our…

God’s Unchanging Love

‘…God and God’s love are, from one point of view, monotonous stimuli, for they are always present and never changing.’ Dale C Allison Jr., The Luminous Dusk, p.150.

Ever wondered why we’re Anglican?!

Emmanuel Bristol is part of the Church of England and every so often people ask why we are. Just one reason is a document known as The 39 Articles of Religion. Drawn up at the beginning of the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth it is the great biblical and doctrinal definition of what it…

Humility

‘Some of us seem to imagine that because we understand much, we should be able to understand everything, and that science will continue pulling up the blinds, exposing to the light more and more of the dark room that is our ignorance. But this is a faith one need not be embarrassed to decline. Despite all our knowledge about ourselves and the…

JUSTIFICATION

‘…when we say that God will “justify” rather than merely “acquit,” the action has a reconstituting force – hence the insufficiency of the courtroom metaphor “to acquit,” God’s righteousness is the same thing as his justice, and his justice is powerfully at work justifying, which does not mean excusing, passing over, or even “forgiving and forgetting,” but actively making right that which is wrong.’  Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion, p.329.

Total Care

‘Imagine a person totally committed to your best interests, devoted to seeing you flourish, fighting for you against all enemies, determined to eliminate everything destructive from your life, attentive to every detail of who you are, never thinking of himself at all but only of you. That is Jesus in relation to us all – sacrificial in his life, sacrificial in his…

Anselm on the Cross

‘He freed us from our sins, and from his own wrath, and from hell, and from the power of the devil, whom he came to vanquish for us, because we were unable to do it, and he purchased for us the kingdom of heaven; and by doing all these things, he manifested the greatness of his love towards us.’ Anselm of Canterbury…

The Uniqueness of Christianity

‘Christianity is unique. The world’s religions have certain traits in common, but until the gospel of Jesus Christ burst upon the Mediterranean world, no one in the history of human imagination had conceived of such a thing as the worship of a crucified man. The early Christian preaching announced the entrance of God upon the stage of history in the person of…