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 By Max Ridgway    Local    June 4, 2021

A change of administration

Having recently passed through a presidential election, everyone is aware of the fact that a change of administration has taken place, and we understand what it means: a new leader with new policies and new ways of dealing with old problems. While th...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    March 26, 2021

Living with uncertainty

The Apostle Paul knew something about living with uncertainty. His entire ministry took place in a time of political turmoil in the Roman Empire, during the turbulent reign of the violent and unpredictable Emperor Nero. Paul’s personal life was...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    February 12, 2021

What Martin Luther teaches us about Covid

Epidemics, pandemics, plagues and pestilence are nothing new, and have appeared repeatedly throughout history. When the Black Death (bubonic plague) appeared in Europe in the 14th century, 25% of the population was lost. In the 15th century there wer...

 

Covid-19 and Pascal's Wager

Blaise Pascal was a 17th-century French philosopher grappling with a question that had troubled many philosophers before him: how does one rationally prove the existence of God? Pascal decided that God’s existence cannot be proved. Instead, he...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    December 25, 2020

The rescue mission

As everyone knows, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ. But the baby in the manger is not really the most important thing for us to consider. The more important question is, why did Jesus need to come into the world at all? It was not...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    October 30, 2020

The medium and the message

In the second chapter of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he wrote, “I want you to know how much I am struggling for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me face to face.” Naturally, Paul would have preferred to see... Full story

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    September 4, 2020

Should Christians expect the end of the world?

The short answer to this question is “no,” but a longer explanation is necessary due to nearly universal misunderstanding on the subject. The primary source of the confusion arises from casual reading of an incident recorded in Matthew 24 in whic...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    July 10, 2020

Covid-19 and Pascal's Wager

Blaise Pascal was a 17th-century French philosopher grappling with a question that had troubled many philosophers before him: how does one rationally prove the existence of God? Pascal decided that God’s existence cannot be proved. Instead, he...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    May 15, 2020

Half-truths of the Bible

We are born with an instinctive, but incomplete, knowledge of God. This is demonstrated by the religious impulse that has been a common characteristic of mankind throughout all ages and in all parts of the world. What all religions seem to have in...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    March 13, 2020

God is not the problem

The title of a popular book once asked the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" The short answer is merely an observation: there are no good people. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 3 that "there is none righteous, no not one." He...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    January 24, 2020

God's new thing

At the beginning of a new year we naturally think about new things. Sometimes Christians go further and project this kind of thinking onto God, imagining that God is going to do something new just because a calendar page has turned over. It is true t...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    November 29, 2019

No duties, burdens or obligations

Matthew’s gospel presents this invitation from Jesus: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” This indicates that Jesus intends that the Christian life should not be a life of duties, burdens and obligations....

 

What does God require?

Jesus was asked this very question in the sixth chapter of John’s gospel. The people asked him, “What shall we do that we might work the works of God?” The Amplified translation makes their question even more clear: “What are we to do to...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    June 28, 2019

Reimagining Christianity

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God …” he is suggesting that it is possible for us to imagine things that are incorrect – we are capa...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    May 10, 2019

God's work, not yours

In Titus 3:5 the Apostle Paul writes, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…” The word “saved” used in this verse is a word that implies rescue. Imagine for a moment that you are on the...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    March 29, 2019

The Christian life is meant to be easy

In the 11th chapter of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls....

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    February 15, 2019

The Christ-centered life

Christianity is not about you and your work. It is about Christ and his work. The Apostle Paul seems to have felt it necessary to constantly re-orient his readers towards this fundamental truth. For example, this is what he wrote to the Colossians:...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    November 23, 2018

Getting rid of the fear of God

In his first epistle, the Apostle John has a lot to say about our relationship with God, which he describes as a relationship based on love, specifically God’s love for us. He writes that “we love him because he first loved us.” Our love for...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    October 12, 2018

Relationship, not religion

Jesus did not come into the world to bring another religion. Christianity, in fact, is not a religion at all. Religion is all about rules, laws and codes of conduct. In other words, religion tells you what you must do to make yourself acceptable to...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    August 31, 2018

They had a message

The first Christians had no Bibles at all. In fact, the New Testament had not yet been written, and many years would go by before it was compiled. Even then, the average Christian did not have a personal Bible at all. Though the first Christians did...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    August 10, 2018

Work out your own salvation

Salvation is a word used by the Apostle Paul to describe our relationship with God. The word salvation is a word that implies rescue. By choosing to use this word, Paul is therefore describing a one-sided relationship. God is the rescuer and we are...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    July 20, 2018

There's a reason it's called Christianity

Christianity is called by that name because it’s all about Christ. This may seem obvious, but Christians need to be continually reminded that it’s not about them. In other words, it’s not about you and how good you can be. It’s about Christ a...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    June 8, 2018

The certainty of salvation

In Titus 3:5 the Apostle Paul writes, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us …” The language of “saved” and “salvation” is the language of rescue. Imagine for a moment that you are on...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    April 6, 2018

What we learn from John 3:16

John 3:16 is probably the best known verse in the Bible. However, because it is so well known, the risk is that it becomes easy to quote without giving much thought to what it is actually saying. It begins with words that overturn a common misconcept...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    March 16, 2018

The fundamental fact of Christianity

Many Christians begin to feel anxious, insecure and confused due to a failure to keep in mind some fundamental facts about the nature of Christianity. The first fact is that it’s all about Christ, it’s not about you. Paul confirms this when he...

 

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