Christ the Law-Giver & Law-Keeper
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Christ the Law-Giver & Law-Keeper

September 7, 2017  |  Joe Boot

As we reflect on the significance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation - which helped recover the importance of revealed law for both the church and culture - the church in our time needs to return to a robust gospel vision that embraces the law of God as Christ and the apostles themselves embraced and applied it.

Topic: Law
Scripture: Matthew 5:17-19
The Church and her Mission
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The Church and her Mission

August 28, 2017  |  Joe Boot

In a truly scriptural theology of mission, the church as God's kingdom people must not only be concerned with personal salvation, or institutional church affairs, but with the reign of Christ over all things. God's people re-present the exalted Christ to the entire creation order.

Topic: The Church
Scripture: Ephesians 4:4
Surrendering the Public Space
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Surrendering the Public Space

July 26, 2017  |  Joe Boot

John Stevens, National Director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), has written about the resignation of Tim Farron as leader of the Liberal Democrats, arguing that Christians should "advocate for a truly plural society" and be "willing to permit sexual freedom to others." Joe Boot critiques this pluralistic vision, arguing that Stevens hasn't differentiated between a crime and a sin. We should apply the Bible to all areas, not capitulate to pluralism.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published for a UK-based audience, but the implications are universally applicable and highly constructive for Christians everywhere.

Topic: Culture
Scripture: Romans 13:4
The Structure & Direction of Pluralism
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The Structure & Direction of Pluralism

July 17, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Christianity advocates a structural pluralism which maintains the creational distinctions between spheres of life, but it does not advocate a directional pluralism; in fact, what it presupposes is a clear directional principle toward honoring the Lordship of Christ and God's sovereignty over creation.

Topic: Culture
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-10
Law and Gospel in Puritan Thought
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Law and Gospel in Puritan Thought

July 10, 2017  |  Joe Boot

For most of Western history, the law of God has occupied a critical and central place in the life of the family, church, and society. It has been recognized by many as God's charter for sanctification, justice, liberty and life.

Topic: Law
Bill C-16, Bill 89 and the Illusion of Reality
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Bill C-16, Bill 89 and the Illusion of Reality

June 23, 2017  |  Joe Boot, Ryan Eras, and Steven Martins

Canadian Christians cannot accommodate the government's new speech codes recently made law; we must confront these man-made delusions with the truth and beauty of Jesus and humble ourselves under His righteous rule.

Topic: Culture
Scripture: Isaiah 5:20-21
The Paradise of Work
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The Paradise of Work

June 12, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Since the beginning, man was called to cultivate God's creation into a godly civilization, this involved work, and only work done in obedience to God can bring blessing, while work done in rebellion reaps futility and frustration.

Topic: Creation
Scripture: Genesis 2:15
Courage Under Fire
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Courage Under Fire

May 19, 2017  |  Joe Boot

In a time of increasing hostility towards the truth, we are not to take flight but fight in prayer for the courage we need to speak the truth with boldness.

Topic: Culture
The Word of Life
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The Word of Life

April 18, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The power of God on display in the resurrection is a word of grace and life for the disciples and for us.

Scripture: Mark 16:1-20
Golgotha's Hill or Mt. Olympus?
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Golgotha's Hill or Mt. Olympus?

April 12, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Several Greeks witnessed Jesus' triumphal entry and desired to see Him. This event leading up to the Lord's crucifixion parallels the Eastern magi coming to the manger at His birth, fulfilling Jesus' words that many will come to Him from the East and the West.

Topic: Salvation
Scripture: John 12:20-26