Before the advance of Christianity, chronic or severe illness was viewed with suspicion and many people shared the experience of the woman in the Gospel account. The church acted as a surrogate family, which cared for both its own members and those outside
Man’s relationship with God determines the course of all the rest of creation. Because we have exercised dominion in a sinful way, creation groans under the curse of sin. In the kingdom of God, man is restored to his proper dominion mandate.
Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman at the well and tells her, as well as us, that we must confront our own sin before we can become true worshipers.
The reality and power of the God and gospel proclaimed by Calvin and others at the Reformation shook the nations and steadily transformed Western civilization.
When we speak of dominion we are dealing with a basic fact of human experience. Human beings will inescapably exercise dominion, the question is whether we practice it in a godly or idolatrous way.
The Fall into sin consists in a radical corruption at the root of our entire being that necessitates new birth – entailing an equally radical restoration and renewal of all life.
The Great Reset is the latest in a long history of failed utopian ambitions. Man-made utopias are fundamentally coercive, manipulative and dominating. By contrast, the kingdom of God is one of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
The far-reaching erosion of the Christian way of life in our nation cannot be simply put down to external factors. The inner strength of Christianity has been compromised and broken, and can only be restored through reformation and revival. Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to gather together to adore the Lord who humbled Himself to become a man.
He whom we celebrate as born in the manger is King of kings and Lord of Lords. It is His Word, like a sharp sword wielded through his people, which strikes the nations and subdues them. This Word of the gospel of the birth, death, resurrection, ascension and session of Christ to the seat of all power and authority remains the power of God to salvation for every age.