Well then, are we Jews in any better condition than the Gentiles? Not at all! I have already shown that the Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. As the Scriptures say: ‘There is no one who is righteous, no one who is wise or who worships God. All have turned… Read more
A man in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide with me the property our father left us.’ Jesus answered him, ‘My friend, who gave me the right to judge or to divide the property between you two?’ And he went on to say to them all, ‘Watch out and guard… Read more
I am not afraid in times of danger, when I am surrounded by enemies, by evil men who trust in their riches and boast of their great wealth. We can never redeem ourselves; we cannot pay God the price for our lives, because the price for a human life is too great. (verses 5-8a) Read… Read more
If you obey the Law, your circumcision is of value; but if you disobey the Law, you might as well never have been circumcised. If the Gentile, who is not circumcised, obeys the commands of the Law, will God not regard him as though he were circumcised? And so you Jews will be condemned by… Read more
Long Tan is arguably one of Australia’s greatest military victories, and one of its least known. The shame that cloaked much of our involvement in the Vietnam War also obscured moments of great heroism and self-sacrifice. New film Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan will certainly raise that conflict’s profile. It may also raise… Read more
In the retelling of the wilderness experience, the Israelites’ reflections recount the difficulties they endured (including those they brought upon themselves) but those accounts always seem tinged with a touch of gilded longing: ‘Remember when God took care of us in the wilderness?
When I finished my confirmation instruction, I can remember thinking to myself, ‘I must know everything there is to know about God now. What more could there possibly be to learn?’ Looking back I can see that I was quite deluded.
Is the belief that we’re losing young people from our LCA/NZ congregations at a faster rate than ever backed up by facts? We asked Western Australia’s Pastor Matthew Bishop to look at what the statistics tell us.
You teach others—why don’t you teach yourself? You preach, ‘Do not steal’—but do you yourself steal? You say, ‘Do not commit adultery’—but do you commit adultery? You detest idols—but do you rob temples? You boast about having God’s law—but do you bring shame on God by breaking his law? The scripture says, ‘Because of you… Read more