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Why Do We Baptise Infants?

There are several Christian doctrines that often lead to division in the church. These include the doctrines of predestination, gender roles and baptism. Some Christians say that only believing adults should be baptised and others believe that infants of believers should be baptised too. One prominent leader who holds to the latter is Bryan Chapell, Senior Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Churc...
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Hell and the Wrath of God

Jonathan Edwards was an 18th century preacher, philosopher and theologian. He is widely regarded as "one of America's most important and original philosophical theologians"1. A sermon by Edwards that has caught the attention of many is titled "sinners in the hand of an angry God", and can be read here. In a great little book called 'The Holiness of God', R.C. Sproul summarises the main appl...
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Book Review: Talking with Catholics about the Gospel by Chris Castaldo

“There are still many who do not know the data, the gospel. Most of my Catholic students at Boston College have never heard of it. They do not even know how to get to heaven. When I ask them what they would say to God if they died tonight and God asked them why he should take them into heaven, nine out of ten do not even mention Jesus Christ. Most of them say they have been good or kind or sin...
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New to theology? My top 3 books

If you're someone who wants to find out more about this so called 'theology', or if you're wondering what gift to get for that special person, I'm writing this for you. Of course there are plenty of books about theology and Christian doctrine, and I'd gladly recommend you a book tailored to what you're looking for if you ask me, but these are good introductory all-rounders. Please please...
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The Glory of the Triune God

This is a quote from the first chapter of Joe Rigney's book titled "The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts". Joe talks about how Christians should take pleasure in creation, but he first talks about the origin of everything: God in trinity.   "The triune God of Scripture lives! He is not static. He is not lifeless. He is not bored. He is not boring. He is the livi...
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Did Jesus really die for everyone?

Sort of. This is understandably another controversial post but once again, let me explain what I mean. In one sense, it is fair to say that Jesus died for everyone. This is true in the sense that God has a general love toward the world (John 3:16), and the gospel is a free offer of grace to everybody (Romans 1:16). The trouble with this concept is that we instinctively think this means J...
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Is God’s love really unconditional?

Well, sort of. Before you report me to the board of elders, let me explain what I mean. Many people often say (previously including myself) that God loves people unconditionally. “It doesn’t matter who you are because God loves you with an unconditional love.” The problem with this statement, I believe, is that it’s not how the bible depicts the love of God. It is true that God loves all...
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Your Theological Dogmatics

I have a big problem. My doctrine keeps changing. I write this as my final year studying at nextgen comes to a close. During this week, I've had some reflections on the practice of sharing our beliefs with other Christians. Dogmatic Theology, as used by the Roman Catholic and Dutch Reformed Church, refers to the official doctrine affirmed by the official church. I'm not using this wording...
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Jesus is not just your Friend

Often it is heard from Christians that Jesus is "a friend who is always with us" or "someone powerful we can pray to". These are great benefits of Christ, but I can't help but feel uneasy that we've missed Scripture's emphases on Jesus, that he's so much more than just your friend. Christians ought to preach the good news Jesus Christ in all his glory. How do we do this? We must begin with a ...
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Putting Amazing back into the Doctrines of Grace – 5) Forever Grace

We're up to the last doctrine of grace in the PROOF series! The typical question asked is whether a Christian can fall away. "Salvation is up to God, but staying saved is up to us", many say, but I want to answer a better question: "is God able to break his promises?".  Previous articles in this series: Introduction Planned Grace Resurrecting Grace Outrageous Grace Overcoming G...
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