Author: Jason Garwood

Four Convictions for Boldness from John Knox

  John Knox was born in Haddington in 1514, though admittedly there is some debate on the exact date. We do know that Knox was born into a poorer family with not a lot of resources. Upon completion (another point of historical contention) of University in 1536, Knox was ordained as a priest. By 1543 he was converted to Christ after a couple of years working as a tutor and notary. While not much is known regarding the context of his conversion, so began the journey of the man who would thunder the gospel in a dark Scotland. As...

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Why Christians Should Read the Dead Guys

500 Years of the Reformation Why We Need Revival and Reformation Today “Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” But they said ‘We will not walk in it.’ (Jeremiah 6:16, ESV) We are living in an unprecedented age of information. We used to say, “With just a click of a button you can get all the information you want on the internet.” We’ve taken even this incredible feature to the next level: we carry it...

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Behold the Beauty

2 Corinthians 3:18, “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” Imagine for a moment that you and the person you have been discipling for a long time are standing on the beach, looking out into the ocean. The sun is setting, and it is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. At that moment, you are caught up in the colors of the sky. There is a blend of pink...

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Hermeneutics, Preaching, and the Problem of Biblical Illiteracy

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, ESV) When it comes to understanding the Christian life, knowing and applying the Bible is a non-negotiable: one simply cannot do Christianity without it. Not only is the Bible the foundation of all truth claims, it is immensely practical. It is filled with God’s self-revelation, and it is filled with parameters by which man can live. To use Peter’s language, “His divine...

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Biblical Meditation As Experiential Reading

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation Perhaps one of the greatest ironies should be assigned to our current situation: we have more access to Scripture and its rich historical truths than ever before, and yet we have in our churches an ever-increasing lethargy when it comes to the exploration of said truths. In other words, we have the Bible in our pockets with information at our fingertips, and yet we lack a desire to experience the Word afresh. Maybe instead of calling it an irony, we could call it a tragedy. The truth is, we have Study...

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