The Fire Starter

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I scarfed down my last bite and dashed toward the car, grabbing my stuff on the way out. Within a few minutes I was walking into the room where the others had already gathered to pray. As I sat down, my thoughts were scattered, my emotions rattled, and my heart anything but warm. If you wanted to compare my spiritual condition to a fire pit at that moment, the fire would have long burned out

His weakest moment

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It's a funny thing about life. It's easy to judge someone... until you know them. We were living in close quarters and he really got under my skin. He wasn't likeable like the others were. He didn't go with the flow. He wasn't fun to be around. He had issues. And he annoyed me. It was easy to judge him. Then I sat next to him as he poured out his story of brokenness and

On reading ancient books

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Ligon Duncan, in his excellent session at T4G 2010, read out this selection from C. S. Lewis. The quotation is taken from his introduction to Athanasius' work On the Incarnation. I copy it here for your edification and discussion. There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern books. Thus I have found as

Is Judaism Christian?

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I have been amazed in recent years by the strong influence of Judaism within Christianity in Australia. I recently heard of an Independent Baptist church publicly celebrating Passover. I regularly hear of itinerant speakers who teach Jewish ceremonies and encourage their practice within the Christian community. In my travels, I've spoken to many Christians who are caught up in these Jewish religious practices, especially believers from country Australia. My question Is this fascination with Jewish

The Translators to the Reader

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oday I present to you a document of great import: The preface to the King James Version. Along with the writings of the early fathers and the creeds, confessions, and catechisms, this document is one of the great surviving treasures of the Church of Jesus Christ. Not only is it a treasure, but it is a primary source for historical information. While I could explain these things to you in my words, for clarity, for

Separation

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Matt Chandler, Together for the Gospel 2010: "Just because somebody speaks at this or that [conference/church/event] doesn't mean they're a sell-out. If they get the opportunity to open up the gospel, even in shady areas, they would be fools to not take advantage of that. They'd be fools to not take advantage of that. So you can share the stage with theological craziness if what you're doing then is opening up the word of God

KJV: No honour in error

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Over the last several weeks I've published three posts celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version. KJV: Shape of my life KJV: Literary masterpiece KJV: Still translating These posts express my genuine respect for this monumental translation. I have experienced great joy in writing them. I could have written many more and may still do so at some point. But it is with great soberness that I compose this fourth

KJV: Still translating

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When it comes to the translation of Scripture, the King James Version set an ideal that every literal translation since has sought to emulate. Still, in order to have an accurate understanding of history, the KJV must be viewed within the broader context of English translation of Scripture. The translators of the KJV say it best: "Zeale to promote the common good, whether it be by deuising any thing our selues, or reuising that which

KJV: Literary masterpiece

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It is no presumption to elevate the King James Version to the level of masterpiece.1 Indeed, the voices raised in praise of the King James Version during this 400th anniversary celebration are myriad (BBC, NPR, More NPR, Buckingham Palace, major newspapers around the world, etc.). The KJV, along with the works of William Shakespeare, has had more of an influence on the English language than perhaps any other work. Fundamentalist historian David Beale exclaims "The

KJV: Shape of my life

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I no longer have my first Bible. I'm not sure what happened to it, but it was one of those KJV gift and award Bibles (I probably won it in a Sunday School contest) and I think it took a fair beating. On my ninth birthday, I received my first proper Bible. It was a large King James Version Thompson Chain-Reference Study Bible. Not long after, my mum took me to a Christian bookstore to