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The gospel meets secularism... watch the sparks fly

The gospel meets secularism... watch the sparks fly

By Steve Jeffery, 07 Apr 2017

Joe Boot will be debating tomorrow with Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, on Premier Radio's Unbelievable show, hosted by Justin Brierley. Catch the broadcast at 2:30pm tomorrow, Saturday 8 April, or get ahead of the game and listen online from this afternoon. Joe is...

The church in Serbia

The church in Serbia

By Steve Jeffery, 04 Apr 2017

Every year I have the privilege of teaching at Belgrade Bible School, Serbia. This year we had the opportunity to visit the Cathedral of St Sava, the largest Orthodox church in Serbia. It was quite an eye-opener. Check out the video below for an insight...

Our God Reigns conference on Premier Radio

Our God Reigns conference on Premier Radio

By Steve Jeffery, 03 Apr 2017

There was an interesting conversation on Premier Radio's "Unbelievable" show on Saturday, hosted by Justin Brierley, with Peter Tatchell and Andy Bannister discussing the question, "Can atheists believe in human rights?" And if you listen to about the 1 hour 14 minute mark, you can...

Meet the Students at Belgrade Bible School

Meet the Students at Belgrade Bible School

By Steve Jeffery, 03 Apr 2017

Every year I have the privilege of teaching at Belgrade Bible School, Serbia. This year we did some interviews with some of the students - check out the video below to find out more. ...

Taking a closer look at 1 John

Taking a closer look at 1 John

By Steve Jeffery, 31 Mar 2017

In a few weeks' time I'm going to be getting together with a few folks from Emmanuel to take a closer look at 1 John. (We'll probably also look at 2 John and 3 John, while we're at it.) The aim will not be to...

A Sunday School adventure

A Sunday School adventure

By Steve Jeffery, 21 Mar 2017

The Emmanuel Sunday School Bible Challenge... ...

Understanding sacrifice, atonement, and different kinds of sin (3)

Understanding sacrifice, atonement, and different kinds of sin (3)

By Steve Jeffery, 15 Mar 2017

A few notes to complete to picture begun in the two previous articles (no 1 and no 2). To begin with, there's a shock in store: The regular sacrifices didn't atone for all sins. Atonement was provided in the regular sacrifices for "unintentional" sins, that is, sins...

A chiasm in Psalm 103

A chiasm in Psalm 103

By Steve Jeffery, 14 Mar 2017

There's a beautiful chiasm in Psalm 103. The structure is a little loose in one or two places, but with good reason. Most obviously, the first half of the chiasm has an additional sub-section in vv. 3-5 which is entirely absent from the second half, perhaps...

What does God promise to parents?

What does God promise to parents?

By Steve Jeffery, 14 Mar 2017

A handful of thoughts from chapter 2 of Douglas Wilson’s book Standing on the Promises, entitled “The Promises of God to Parents.” First, a few biblical texts to take a look at: Ps 102:25-28 Dt 5:9-10 Dt 7:9 Gen 17:7-9 Romans 4:13, 16-17 Ezekiel 37:24-26 Isaiah 65:23 Ps 103:17-18 Lk 1:49-50 Acts 2:48-49 Ps 100:5 And then a...

A great evening in Oxford

A great evening in Oxford

By Steve Jeffery, 14 Mar 2017

Mark Garcia is giving the first John Owen Society Lecture in Oxford on Monday 20 March. If you're anywhere near Oxford, I'd highly recommend it. Details online here. Here's an extract from the blurb: Title: ‘Union with Christ: The Meaning and Promise of a Reformed Idea’ Abstract: Though...

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