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Understanding sacrifice, atonement, and different kinds of sin (2)

Understanding sacrifice, atonement, and different kinds of sin (2)

By Steve Jeffery, 14 Mar 2017

In a previous post, we started to think about the different kinds of sin highlighted in the OT sacrificial legislation, highlighting three broad categories of sin, which (for the sake of shorthand) we called "unintentional", "intentional" and "high-handed". We now need to start thinking in...

Understanding sacrifice, atonement, and different kinds of sin (1)

Understanding sacrifice, atonement, and different kinds of sin (1)

By Steve Jeffery, 13 Mar 2017

I used to think the OT sacrificial simple was basically pretty simple: if you committed a sin, you humbled yourself before the LORD and sought his forgiveness by going to the sanctuary and offering the appropriate sacrifice. Though there are obvious complexities arising from the...

Training and selecting men for ordination

Training and selecting men for ordination

By Steve Jeffery, 10 Mar 2017

There are a couple of different situations in which a church (and in particular the Minister and Elders of a church) might find themselves needing to train and select men for ordained Eldership. Perhaps there's an older man in the church who looks (and lives)...

Classical translation and consulting services

Classical translation and consulting services

By Steve Jeffery, 09 Mar 2017

If I ever found myself needing serious advice or consultancy in classical languages, I'd probably head over to Dr Matt Colvin at Classical Services. You might like to consider doing the same. Here's how he helped me avoid making a fool out of myself (and confusing...

Guard your Temple

Guard your Temple

By Steve Jeffery, 09 Mar 2017

Ps 119:9 asks a question, and then supplies the answer. "How can a young man keep his way pure?By guarding it according to your word." The word translated "guard" often refers in the OT to the duty of Priests and Levites at the Tabernacle or the Temple....

Resources for Fathers

Resources for Fathers

By Steve Jeffery, 08 Mar 2017

In the last couple of weeks we've been thinking at Emmanuel about the challenges of raising children in a secular world. This week we're going to be looking (among other things) at the responsibilities of Fathers for the nurture and discipleship of their children. This can...

Eschatology and public theology (8) Civil Government (2)

Eschatology and public theology (8) Civil Government (2)

By Steve Jeffery, 03 Mar 2017

Here's the handout from a forthcoming seminar at Emmanuel Training and Resources on Eschatology and Public Theology. Introduction In this seminar we continue with our study of Civil Government. Having looked at Calvin last week, we turn this time to a more recent Reformed discussion of the...

Questions for prospective Elders (and their wives)

Questions for prospective Elders (and their wives)

By Steve Jeffery, 02 Mar 2017

The appendix of Douglas Wilson's excellent book Mother Kirk contains a list of Questions for Elders and the Wives designed as a tool for selection and ongoing accountabbility for Elders within the church. You can find them online here, or (better) you can just buy...

Our God Reigns - conference trailer

Our God Reigns - conference trailer

By Steve Jeffery, 01 Mar 2017

Saturday 22 April 2017. A conference with Dr Joe Boot of Christian Concern's Wilberforce Academy. CLICK HERE FOR BOOKINGS AND FURTHER INFORMATION ...

Raising Children in a Secular World

Raising Children in a Secular World

By Steve Jeffery, 01 Mar 2017

We're living in a world where evangelists can be arrested for preaching in the street when it's the crowd that's actually stirring up trouble. We're living in a world where a magistrate can be barred from office for believing that children ideally need a mum and...

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