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What is your six-word Gospel?

Posted: 10th February 2012 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology

Believe in Jesus and be saved. Jesus, son of David, is alive! Christ in you, hope of glory. Which six-word gospel resonates most with you?

An initial look: NIV Single Column Reference Bible

Posted: 6th February 2012 by ElShaddai Edwards in Bibles & Books
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A quick take on the NIV Single-Column Reference Bible from Zondervan. Binding, typography, text layout, cross references and paper quality.

A workless faith

Posted: 20th January 2012 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology

Recently I’ve been reading Robert H. Gundry’s Commentary on James (HT: Jeff@Scripture Zealot). I’ve crossed paths with Gundry before on this blog (cf. my post on Matthew’s “narrative” account of the infant Christ), but this is my first time reading his work first hand. By and large, Gundry presents his own literal translation of the […]

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In some of my recent, tentative theological wanderings, I have been considering the Christus Victor view of atonement and what implications that has for my view of things. In many ways, it feels like a “coming home” to the first major systematic Bible study that I did, almost ten years ago, in which the major theme was […]

Ecclesiasticus 10:13

Posted: 1st September 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Translation
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Persistence in [pride] brings on a deluge of depravity.” (Ecclesiasticus 10:13, NEB)

Matthew 5:3

Posted: 28th August 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Translation
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How blest are those who know their need of God; the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” (Matthew 5:3, NEB)

Making the pot boil and bubble

Posted: 2nd May 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Translation
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The parable of the boiling pot in Ezekiel 24 graphically illustrates a message of judgement from God on the leaders of Jerusalem, who had been set siege upon by the king of Babylon. In this post, I am comparing the poetry of the King James Version (KJV) to the Revised English Bible (REB) and the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) in order to see what may be gained or lost from an English styling perspective.

What is the gospel?

Posted: 26th April 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology

Over the weekend, I was briefly sucked into a theological discussion thread on Facebook in which the original question was posed along the lines of “If Calvanism is the gospel (cf. Spurgeon) and I am not a Calvanist, do I reject the gospel?” Despite my attempt at a quick diversionary answer, the thread quickly transformed into a TULIP discussion, so I left it behind…

Finding Hope in Christianity’s Past

Posted: 23rd April 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Church & Community
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Are current events part of a cyclical, God-planned upheaval of Christianity or just the results of random social circumstances? My former teacher, Trace James, has published some thoughts on his Studies in Grace blog on why he sees hope for the future in Christianity’s past. A Hope-filled Christian History, Part One A Hope-filled Reading of Christian […]

We are risen!

Posted: 22nd April 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology
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You once were dead because of your sins and wickedness; you followed the ways of this present world order, obeying the commander of the spiritual powers of the air, the spirit now at work among God’s rebel subjects. We too were once of their number; we were ruled by our physical desires, and did what […]