Author: Carrie Shaw

11
Jun
The Faith | Works Conundrum

The Faith | Works Conundrum

Acceptance By Grace Through Faith Alone The simple truth that we find acceptance with God through faith in His grace alone is the Bible’s most beautiful theme. Grace began long ago when God set in motion the means for humanity to find their way back to Him, to find their way home. He promised Adam […]

28
May
faith that is toxic

Toxic Faith

It seems hard to believe that people who have answered Jesus’ call to a life of freedom could so easily lose the sense of joy and relief they first felt. It’s difficult to understand why Christians who have been made free and ‘alive in Christ’ would choose to return to a kind of spirituality that […]

26
Mar
Baptised and saved

Saved

Everyone wants something to believe in. From aliens to political conspiracies, from the supernatural to the meaning of life, flat earth theory (yep, it really is a thing) to climate change; we’re all looking to take a position on something. We’re all looking for a belief or an opinion to call our own. Often, our […]

05
Mar
Why is church-going still relevant today?

Is Church-Going Still Relevant?

Despite Christianity still being Australia’s largest religion (61.1% compared with 7.3% of all other religions combined), the proportion of Australians identifying as Christian has been steadily declining over the past century. Compared to 1911, when 96% of people identified as Christian, the 2001 census recorded the figure of 68% and the latest Census, taken in […]

19
Feb
Jesus is the nearest kinsman redeemer

Only A Suitable Redeemer Will Do

One of the most startling pieces of information that we are given in relation to Jesus is the fact that he was made like us. Jesus’ redemptive work on behalf of humanity was deeply connected to his own humanity. Although he was born “the Son of God“, and radiant with His Father’s glory, he participated in […]

19
Nov

325AD: The Year Jesus Became God

The Nicene Creed The year that Jesus became God, in Christian doctrine, is very precise. In mid-325 AD, a council of Christian bishops convened in the city of Nicaea (now known as the town of İznik, in modern day Turkey). One of the main objectives of this meeting was to settle the longstanding theological debate regarding the […]

05
Nov
Hell, Hades and Gehenna: Origins

The Origins Of Hell

Of Monsters And Men… The images associated with the word ‘hell’ seem more akin to something from a horror story; closer to fiction than fact. Yet, for many Christians, the belief in hell, a place of eternal torment for the damned souls of the wicked, is very real. The belief in the existence of a […]

25
Sep
What happens when we die - death

Death: What Happens When We Die?

Humans have been dying for a really long time. While there’s no doubt that we’ve gotten better at avoiding it, it seems it can’t be put off indefinitely. Even the most mild and mediocre of lives may get us to a grand old century or more, but old age catches up with us in the […]

06
Aug
The condition of grace - repentance

Grasping Hold Of Grace: Repentance

Imagine a man lost the middle of the Atlantic ocean. He doesn’t remember how he got there or where he’s going, all he knows is this endless swimming in circles. No ships in sight, he’s been treading water for hours and now he’s beginning to tire. There’s a very real danger that he will actually […]

30
Jul
God's Saving Grace

The White Flag Of Grace

The subject of God’s grace permeates every aspect of the Gospel, giving it weight and power. The saving acts of God, due to the work of Jesus on the cross and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead bring reconciliation (“atonement”) between people and God. This is why the Gospel is described as a message of hope for […]