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Justification and Justice

Tim Keller says that those who focus on justification often have little interest in justice and vice versa, and that is a tragedy. He argues that being justified by faith will lead to a passion for justice. Likewise, when the world sees the church doing justice, it will become interested in justification.

He argues that, biblically, the sign of our justification is our commitment to justice.

This is worth lisening to and digesting.

Peter Cheyne

The Reformation and Your Church

The 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses is pretty significant. Stuart Lange has been offering seminars in various parts of the country looking at the relevance of that event, and the whole Reformation, for us. Of course, there have been many other people doing similar things and the anniversary has led to a plethora of books, articles, and videos.

Is it all academic or is it pertinent to your church? Is it only history buffs who will be interested or should all of our people know about these things?

The latest 9 Marks journal asks those questions and looks at various aspects of the Reformation.

  • Connecting the church and the gospel
  • What about the Reformers’ character flaws?
  • How the Reformation addresses social exploitation
  • The five solas
  • How the Reformation changed church history
  • The Reformation and…
    • Expositional preaching
    • The Holy Spirit and true conversion
    • Personal evangelism and the Great Commission

And there’s more. Take the opportunity this anniversary gives, to learn more and re-think the issues.

For a pdf version of the entire journal click here.

Prof Whitehall on Gender Dysphoria

Prof John Whitehall was recently one of the speakers at the Family First “Forum on the Family”, speaking on “The Phenomenon of Childhood Gender Dysphoria”. He was also interviewed by Leighton Smith on Newstalk ZB.

Given the prominence of this topic in the media at the moment, it is important that we understand the issues. It seems increasingly common to see parental encouragement to “change gender” as, in fact, child abuse.

The Newstalk ZB interview

The Forum on the Family talk

The Quadrant articles

December 2016

May 2017

Free Book Summaries

The South East District of The Evangelical Free Church of America has produced some quality book summaries.

I ran across them when looking for information on The Leadership Pipeline by Charan, Dotter and Noel but there are also reviews of many modern books as well as some of the great classics.

Check it out. These resources might be valuable for your own learning but also useful material for study groups or eldership meetings.

You will find them at


Subtle Ways To Abandon The Authority Of Scripture

It seems obvious that the Bible is receiving less attention and being given less respect. But is that true even amongst those who claim to follow the scriptures? In this talk Don Carson talks about Evangelicalism “drifting towards a softer view of scripture again”.

Don Carson speaks about the subtle ways that we can ignore scripture. Listen to the warning but also be re-inspired with the truth of the Bible.

N.B. Carson makes a comment about women in leadership. That is not a view with which most in AFFIRM would agree. There might be other issues with which you disagree. Please listen to the principles without being offended by the specific examples. Listen to what he says about the ways we can dismiss the Bible.

An audio recording is available at

Ryan Welsh has written some notes from this talk here