Mark Johnston
This post is the last in what the English satirist, Douglas Adams, would call 'a trilogy in five parts'! These reflections on what it means for Christians to be 'aliens and strangers' on this earth were never meant to run beyond three parts, but they did and I'm not quite...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
I was talking recently with a dear friend who has been going through significant housing issues with all the mental, emotional and spiritual turmoil that have come with them, when she interjected, 'But then I realised, Jesus didn't have a home.' And she was absolutely right. Our Lord...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
The Babel fiasco in Genesis, which we looked at in the previous instalment of this mini-series, is quickly followed in the timeline of salvation by the account of Abraham (Ge 12.1ff). This looks very much like a ray of light into what otherwise looks like a very dark landscape in a very dark world...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
For almost as long as I can remember as a Christian I have found myself musing on the question of what makes a good Bible translation. I grew up in a part of the world in which, for many professing Christians, this was simply a non-question There was only one 'good' version and it was...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
Mark Johnston
There is something deep within the human psyche that longs to be 'home' - to be settled in a place where we belong. Yet for many it is a frustrated longing. For some because they are, by virtue of their circumstances, dislocated from where they want to be. It may be because of schooling,...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
Fides sola est quae justificat; fides quae justificat non est sola. Latinisms can have a wonderful way of crystallising issues in theological reflection - so with this one: 'It is faith alone that justifies; but faith that justifies is never alone!' This isn't just a statement about...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
When the Banner of Truth Trust published the second volume of his Collected Writings in 1977, John Murray's views on effectual calling sparked off animated debate in Reformed circles at that time. He challenged the formulation found in the Westminster Shorter Catechism that defines effectual...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
There are few places in Scripture where we are given deeper insight into the anatomy of a life of prayer than in the book of Daniel. The well-known words of the old children's chorus, 'Daniel was a man of prayer' could not be more apt! This great man who was so greatly used for such...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
It's the kind of question a child so often asks, but also the question that adults find so hard to answer; then again, it's the question that pastors most dread facing. When someone has died and there is no indication they were ever converted, where do they go when they leave this world...Continue reading.

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