Does the modern State of Israel fulfil biblical prophecy?

May 23, 2021 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Every time the situation in Israel-Palestine hits the news, for Christians one of the issues that emerges is whether or not the modern State of Israel is a fulfilment of biblical prophecy. To address this, I offer here two resources. The first is some extracts from Colin Chapman’s Grove booklet on whether texts in Ezekiel are fulfilled in the modern State of Israel (previously published when the booklet first came out); the second is a selection of extracts from a recent...

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The Ascension Day

May 13, 2021 by

By Ashley Null, Gafcon: For the followers of Jesus, his Ascension, which we celebrate today, was a turning point. From then on, they would live in the in-between time, between Jesus leaving this earth and his promised return. For Christians, that means we are part of this world, but not of it.  We are born here, live here, work here, love and are loved here. We even eventually die here.  But here is not our home. Here is not the source of our power.  Here is not the focus of our hope.  What...

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The centrality of the Ascension in the New Testament

May 13, 2021 by

By Ian Paul, Psephizo: What would you identify as the climax and completion of Jesus’ life and ministry? Surprisingly, this is not a trivial question. One of the key differences between John and the synoptic gospels is that, where the synoptics portray the crucifixion as a necessary but incomplete act on the way to the resurrection, John portrays it as the climax and completion of Jesus’ ministry in itself. In place of Jesus’ cry of despair (Matthew 27.46, Mark 15.34), John records a cry of...

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Does Leviticus 18 Apply to New Testament Believers?

Apr 14, 2021 by

by Thomas Willoughby, The Gospel Coalition: On October 18, 2000, The West Wing featured a scene many hailed as one of the great tongue-lashings of all time. The President of the United States (played by Martin Sheen) was hosting media guests at the White House, among them a conservative talk-show host, Dr. Jenna Jacobs (played by Claire Yarlette). In the ensuing dialogue, Sheen’s character asked setup questions that helped him castigate Dr. Jacobs for her views on homosexuality. In rapid-fire...

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Top lawyer: ‘Conversion therapy ban could criminalise Christian parents’

Apr 14, 2021 by

from The Christian Institute: A broad ban on conversion therapy could criminalise Christian parents who encourage their children to follow the Bible in its teachings on gender and sexuality, a leading QC has said. Prominent human rights lawyer Philip Havers QC has sent a formal legal opinion to Government ministers, warning them that the proposed ban could make everyday Christian actions illegal, including conversations both in church or at home. Havers determined that encouraging a...

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Bible translation at a historic high

Apr 9, 2021 by

by Russell Powell, Sydney Anglicans: We’ll remember 2020 for a lot of reasons – not many of them good, thanks to COVID-19. But Wycliffe Bible translators have revealed one encouraging statistic. “We are living in a season where we are seeing the fastest acceleration of Bible translation occurring at any time in the history of the world,” said John Chestnut, the CEO of Wycliffe USA. “You might have thought that 2020 would’ve really slowed that or even, in places, derailed it. It did have...

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