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Seminar 4: The Knowledge of God

Seminar 4: The Knowledge of God

By Steve Jeffery, 21 Jun 2017

Module T1.1 Introduction and the Doctrine of Revelation Seminar 4: The Knowledge of God Introduction The reading for this seminar takes us to a well-known section at the beginning of Calvin’s Institutes on the knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves (Calvin, Institutes, I.i-vi [1:35-74]). It’s worth...

Weekly Bible reading plan

Weekly Bible reading plan

By Steve Jeffery, 15 Jun 2017

A while ago I posted a week-by-week Bible reading plan, designed to get you through the NT and Psalms twice in a year and the rest of the Bible once, while also allowing a degree of day-to-day flexibility and variety. Here it is again, with...

Divine sovereignty and human responsibility

Divine sovereignty and human responsibility

By Steve Jeffery, 15 Jun 2017

We looked at this topic at our Wednesday Night Bible Study this week. Here are a few of the notes: Divine sovereignty and human responsibility 1. How can I be free if God is sovereign? What kind of “freedom” do we have? Freedom of indifference: “I’m free to choose,...

Everything starts with worship

Everything starts with worship

By Steve Jeffery, 14 Jun 2017

During last Sunday's sermon on 1 Peter 1:9-12, I made some comments about the centrality of worship in relation to God's worship in the world, and we also talked a little more about the issue during the ensuing Q+A session in Forum (also available on...

The Boniface Option

The Boniface Option

By Steve Jeffery, 09 Jun 2017

My friend Andrew Isker has written a quite brilliant piece reflecting on Rod Dreher's book The Benedict Option. It's over at www.Kuyperian.com - take a look. Here are a few extracts to whet your appetite: "Nearly thirteen centuries ago, my ancestors, the people east of the...

Animal welfare

Animal welfare

By Steve Jeffery, 30 May 2017

What does the Bible say about the importance of animal welfare in the human food chain? Should Christians be concerned about only eating free range eggs? How much effort should we take to find "ethically sourced" meat? How much money should we be willing to...

Set free to celebrate

Set free to celebrate

By Steve Jeffery, 29 May 2017

In Exodus 5:1, Moses confronts Pharaoh, demanding that the Egyptian King should let the people of God go free. What's remarkable is the reason he gives: “Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, “Let my people go,...

A chiasm in 2 John

A chiasm in 2 John

By Steve Jeffery, 26 May 2017

1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, 2 because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: 3 Grace, mercy, and...

Notes on 1 John (part 3)

Notes on 1 John (part 3)

By Steve Jeffery, 25 May 2017

The third extract from some notes for a recent Bible study on 1 John: 4. A deliberate grammatical error in John 1:1-3 “A grammatical obstacle course” (Raymond Brown, The Epistles of John, p. 152) Take a look at the literal translation below: 1 Which was from the beginning, which...

Seminar 3: Prayer

Seminar 3: Prayer

By Steve Jeffery, 25 May 2017

Module T1.1 Introduction and the Doctrine of Revelation Seminar 3: Prayer Introduction This is the third of the three introductory sessions, which are 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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