Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Slave

Slave by John MacArthur

The subtitle to this book is “The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ”. There is, John MacArthur claims, an important aspect of our relationship with Jesus Christ which has been concealed from the English-speaking world for centuries. From the King James Version to the vast majority of modern translations of the Bible, the Greek word for slave (doulos) has been mistranslated. The word is usually translated “servant” or “bond-servant” which, MacArthur tells us, is a poor substitute for “slave”.

Slavery permeated society in the days of the Early Church and those reading Paul’s letters would completely understand the implications of his claim to be “a slave of Jesus Christ”, a phrase he uses repeatedly in his letters. Today, however, people very rarely talk about their relationship with Jesus in terms of slavery. MacArthur notes, “Slavery is a distasteful concept to modern sensibilities. So we hear that God loves people unconditionally and wants them to be all they want to be.”

In this book, the author carefully examines different aspects of slavery and explains how they reflect our relationship with Christ; he demonstrates that, like slaves, we have been bought with a price, we are not our own and our aim in life should be to please our Master.

As always, John MacArthur gives a very thorough, well-researched exposition and I found the book quite thought-provoking. Although I already knew that “slave” is a more accurate translation of “doulos”, it hadn’t really occurred to me that there was anything particularly significant about the distinction between a servant and a slave. This is well worth a read.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Hallelujah!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Jesus You Can't Ignore

I recently read the book "The Jesus You Can't Ignore" by John MacArthur. This is the fourth book of his I've read (though I haven't finished one of the others yet). I like his logical, no messing approach but I can't say I always find his books the easiest to read. I think that's possibly because he's so comprehensive and goes into great detail when making his points. That's good. But sometimes makes his books a little tedious. At least, that's what I find.

In terms of the message MacArthur is communicating, this book is spot on. The question `What would Jesus do?' is a popular one but, all too often, the Jesus we conjure up in our minds bears little resemblance to the real Jesus. In `The Jesus You Can't Ignore', John MacArthur gives a startling but accurate description of the Jesus of the Bible. No longer do we see a placid, mild man who goes about giving moral teaching, speaking amicably to all he meets; instead, the author demonstrates that the real Jesus was one who not only refused to avoid doctrinal conflict but actually instigated it. Jesus did all in His power to refute the false teaching of the day and publicly renounced the men who were responsible for propagating it. This formed a significant part of his teaching and ministry.

The implications are clear: we too are in a truth war and we too should be intolerant of error which creeps into our churches. Although we should not seek conflict for conflict's sake, we must not be afraid to do as Jesus did and stand up for the Truth.

My only slight criticism would be that I found the author beginning to be a little repetitive as I went through the book; I feel he could have covered the same ground in a smaller volume. On the other hand, it's good that MacArthur tackles the subject so comprehensively as he demonstrates that this powerful image of Jesus can be seen throughout all the gospels.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

DailyLit

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Don't Forget!

I have a new blog over here.

It would be great to hear more of YOUR thoughts and get a bit of discussion going. :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Dubrovnik

You know, I haven't posted photos on here for ages! That's partly because I haven't taken many recently. There's something wrong with my camera. It still takes photos ok but I have somehow managed to get something on the sensor inside the camera which means that every photo I take has a small black splodge on it. So, because I have to photoshop this mark out of every photo I take, I feel quite disinclined to take lots of photos.

Despite this, I do have quite a selection of interesting photos from the past 12 months because I've had the opportunity to go abroad a few times. I thought you might like to see photos I took in the town of Dubrovnik, which is in Croatia. The photos below are ones I took during a boat trip. I do have more of the town itself but too many to put all in one post! I'll have a sort through them and maybe pick a few out to post at a later date.

It's just a beeeautiful place.











Thursday, October 14, 2010

Is your orange my orange?

I am currently working on a dissertation (an extended essay) on the topic of colour. I love colour and the whole subject fascinates me. All good so far. The problem is that the whole realm of colour is actually incredibly vast and amazingly complex. So, frequently, I'm trying to get thoughts into my mind that are far too big to fit and just make my head hurt.

Just now, for example, I thought of something that is actually quite bizarre. You're going to have to bear with me a little here because I think it's going to be difficult to explain. Ever get those thoughts that make perfect sense in your head but sound like garbled baloney when you try and explain them?

See what you make of these.

Imagine you and I are both looking at an orange, the same orange. How in the world do I know that we are both seeing the same colour? For all I know, your oranges might be my pinks and your pinks might be my oranges. We might be looking at completely different worlds without realising it! As far as I can figure out, the only way to check this out would be if I, by some strange, telepathic process, could get inside your mind and see what you are seeing. But even then, I would be seeing what you are seeing through my own eyes and with my own mind so I would still only be seeing what I am seeing and not what you are seeing.

Phew! I did warn you. So tell me, did that all make sense? If so, what's your verdict? Is it possible/impossible or likely/unlikely that we are all seeing a different-coloured world?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Blog!!

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I have just started a new blog over here. Please visit and read and comment and enjoy :)