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
Standing Firm in Christ

Standing Firm in Christ

September 3, 2017  |  Joe Boot
As Ephesians comes to a close, Paul brings us as Christians to the realization that in all of these things that he's spoken about we are in a spiritual battle.
Standing Firm in Christ

Standing Firm in Christ

September 3, 2017  |  Joe Boot

As Ephesians comes to a close, Paul brings us as Christians to the realization that in all of these things that he's spoken about we are in a spiritual battle.

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
The Gospel and the Workplace

The Gospel and the Workplace

August 27, 2017  |  Joe Boot
Paul addresses himself to slaves and masters but if what he says is true for slaves and masters how much more so for us who are freely contracted to work.
The Gospel and the Workplace

The Gospel and the Workplace

August 27, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Paul addresses himself to slaves and masters but if what he says is true for slaves and masters how much more so for us who are freely contracted to work.

The Gospel forms a New Culture

The Gospel forms a New Culture

August 11, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The Christian gospel has an implicit vision for culture, centered in the worship of the true living God through Christ the Son.

View the full lecture 'Gospel Culture: Crisis & Hope'

Topic: Culture
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
Gospel Culture: Crisis & Hope
Lecture (Cornerstones)

Gospel Culture: Crisis & Hope

July 19, 2017  |  Joe Boot

How do we understand our present cultural moment? What is our relationship to the culture surrounding us? And what hope does Scripture offer our culture? In the first of a series of Cornerstones lectures, Dr. Joe Boot introduces us to the biblical concept of gospel culture.

Series: Cornerstones
Topic: Culture
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