What's the message of the Bible in one sentence?

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Dane Ortlund asked a number of friends that simple question. Here are three contrasting answers, complete with US spelling.

Doug Wilson: Scripture tells us the story of how a Garden is transformed into a Garden City, but only after a dragon had turned that Garden into a howling wilderness, a haunt of owls and jackals, which lasted until an appointed warrior came to slay the dragon, giving up his life in the process, but with his blood effecting the transformation of the wilderness into the Garden City.

Greg Beale: The OT storyline appears best to be summarized as: the historical story of God who progressively reestablishes his new creational kingdom out of chaos over a sinful people by his word and Spirit through promise, covenant, and redemption, resulting in worldwide commission to the faithful to extend that new creation rule and resulting in judgment for the unfaithful (defeat and exile), all of which issues into his glory; the NT storyline can be summarized as: Jesus’ life of covenantal obedience, trials, judgmental death for sinners, and especially resurrection by the Spirit has launched the fulfillment of the eschatological already-and-not-yet promised new creation reign, bestowed by grace through faith and resulting in worldwide commission to the faithful to extend this new creation rule and resulting in judgment for the unfaithful, unto God’s glory.

John Frame: God glorifies himself in the redemption of sinners.

How would you answer?

A song worth having with you

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CityAlight write songs that are easy to remember, expressing a simple truth about the Lord Jesus Christ, and what it means to live for him. Here’s a song that’s well worth hearing, and helpful to have with you during the day.

Christ is mine for evermore.

More songs here.

Christians in Science

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This is a great place to look for answers to all kinds of questions about science and Christian faith. Christians in Science have collected a variety of pdfs, articles, audio resources, videos, as well as a collection of links to further information. They’ve worked hard. It’s an excellent collection. The materials are for Christians without a scientific background, explaining the relevant science and addressing any issues that it presents for a Christian.

Happy hunting!

Capturing God

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A new book from Rico Tice, and perhaps his best book so far. Rico takes a single scene, a picture that captures the truth about God.

He writes for Christians of all ages and stages of life and faith, and in a style that is suitable for friends and family members, colleagues and neighbours, who are interested to know more. He writes simply and clearly, with refreshing honesty, often telling stories against himself, which are always winsome and worth hearing.  

Price: £2.69 from the Good Book Company