• Bible,  In the detail,  Preaching Notes

    Jonah in Luke’s Gospel

    We recently had Luke 8:22-56 preached at Christ Church Hemel, and it struck me that Luke alludes (quite strongly) to Jonah in the first section (Luke 8:22-25). Just consider the similarities: Jesus, like Jonah, falls asleep on the boat. (Luke 8:23, Jonah 1:5) Shortly after a storm rises, threatening to sink the boat. (Luke 8:23, Jonah 1:4) The disciples cry the same thing as the captain (Luke 8:24, Jonah 1:8) The response of the disciples and sailors is fear. (Luke 8:25, Jonah 1:16) There is a striking difference though. Jesus actually went and offered salvation to the Gentiles, whilst Jonah did not want to. And if Jonah was meant to…

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    Review: ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions

    Crossway has been publishing different editions of their well-received ESV Bible for a while now. This year they have released the ‘ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions’ to add to their collection. Since receiving my copy I have used it as my go-to Bible in my office, and put it through its paces! Looks Box The first thing you see, as you open the shipping box, is the presentation box. This has been very well designed, with red and gold colours. It really stands out. Cover Once again Crossway has outdone themselves in making a very nice-looking Bible. The edition I have is brown TruTone stretched over board. This gives…

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    Notes on preaching Hosea

    Here are my findings as I preached through Hosea at Christ Church Hemel between January and April 2020. This is a live page, so I plan to keep this updated with further research as time progresses (and allows). To hear my sermon series on Hosea, please visit the sermon archive. Big picture Below is the big picture structure for the book of Hosea. This will be fleshed out further on in this page: Passage Theme Hosea 1-3 Hosea and Gomer’s marriage is a picture of God and Israel’s relationship Hosea 4:1-3 God lays out his charges against the people of Israel Hosea 4:4-6:3 God has a charge against Israel because…

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    Review: The Mind Muddler by Jo Boddam-Whetham

    “God made our minds to run on his trackbut instead we chose the track that was cracked.Like fools we live in a tunnel of lies;and fools without God can never be wise.” I do not think that a book like this exists in the children’s market – or at least, I have never seen a book that tackles this particular topic aimed at children (feel free to let me know of others in the comments!). Over the past few years, 10ofThose have been publishing a number of well thought out children’s books. The Mind Muddler joins this ever-growing collection, and it is one of the best so far. Let me…

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    Review: Reformed Systematic Theology Vol. 1 by Joel Beeke & Paul Smalley

    ‘Reformed Systematic Theology’ is the latest volume put out by Joel Beeke, Paul M. Smalley and published by Crossway. This is the first in a projected 4-volume work, aiming to cover the broad category of Systematic Theology. This particular volume looks at the themes of Revelation and God (or Theology Proper). It has been said that the church needs good theology that engages the head, heart, and hands. In this volume, Beeke and Smalley say that they are aiming to do that as they ‘seek to strengthen a Christian reformed according to the Word of God’ (p. 114) From that description, you may feel that this is a cold academic…

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    Review: My Bible Animals Storybook by Dandi Daley Mackall

    10ofThose have been putting out some good quality children’s books recently (see Rosie & Friends for example) and this is no exception. The artwork is lovely, and the approach is fun too. The author has managed to write a Bible storybook around the ideas of animals – and one thing I’ve learnt since getting this book is that children love animals! There are two pages to each story, but the author does not make it so that the animal is central. When I first saw the title I thought it would be making the animals centre-stage, at the cost of the actual Bible message. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to…