How to Use the Law Properly

How can we understand Old Testament Law properly? Colin Smith has a stimulating piece at Unlocking the Bible about how to use the Old Testament law properly. According to 1 Tim 1:7-8, the Old Testament law is good…if we use it properly. So how do we do that? Smith first proposes a few negatives: Don’t

Context Matters: Count the Cost

By Ryan Higginbottom Perhaps you’ve heard that Christians need to count the cost. They must plan and be prepared; they should always know what they’re getting into. The advice to “count the cost” often comes up when raising money for a new building or a missions trip. (Let’s color in that thermometer!) I’ve also heard

Making (child) disciples in Sweden

Sven Lowenmark has 3 children.  His wife Anna does CBS for children in their church alternate Sunday mornings. The other Sundays she leads worship in their church in Grabo, north of Gothenburg, Sweden. There are nine children in the CBS group and they love it so much that they call it “Christmas every other week”.  Anna

Merry Christmas!

“Powerlessness is our greatest treasure. Don’t try to get rid of it. Everything in us wants to get rid of it. Grace is sufficient for you, but not something you can understand. To be in too big a hurry to get over our difficulties is a mistake because you don’t know how valuable they are

Embrace the Tension

 Jim Elliff makes an important point.  Writes Peter Krol of Knowable Word. To read Scripture rightly, we must be willing to allow each author, in each text, to make the point he wants to make. We must not be quick to harmonize its teaching with the rest of the Bible, lest we dilute or overturn the point