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Empty plate

Empty plate

It's especially striking, in view of the large number of meals in Luke's Gospel and the corresponding emphasis on eating as fellowship, that during his temptation by the Devil in the wilderness Jesus "ate nothing" (Lk 4:2)

Different kinds of freedom

Some questions we'll be pondering in the next session of the Emmanuel Guided Reading Course on the subject of free will: 1. Are you free to scratch your right eyebrow right now? If not, what is stopping you?2. Are you free to fly to the moon by flapping your arms? If not, what is stopping you?3. Are you free to completely avoid sinning...

The great theological-training giveaway

Want to dig deeper into the Bible? Then read on - this may interest you. For the last five years, we've been offering a theological training programme here at Emmanuel called the Emmanuel Guided Reading Course. In the coming months, Lord willing, we're going to be a...

The table for showbread

Some intriguing correspondences between the tabernacle architecture and the gospel of John, followed by a few other assorted references: John 1:14 Jesus is the new tabernacle John 1:18–5:47 The laver of cleansing (water, purification, baptism, resurrection, Christ as the Bridegroom) John 1:18-34 T...

Victory in suffering

Yesterday we had the pleasure of hearing Revd Bubu Jarmulak, Minister of Poznan Evangelical Reformed Church, Poland, preach for us at Emmanuel. Well worth hearing - listen online here....

Guided Reading Course 13: Original Sin (2)

Introduction In this session we’re continuing our study of the doctrine of original sin, looking at chapter 3 of John Murray’s book The Imputation of Adam’s Sin and Calvin, Institutes, II.i. Murray’s book has been re-printed as the appendix to Justified in Christ (ed. K. Scott Oliphint; Fearn: Christi...
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