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The Cost of Discipleship

Here's May's magazine article.  Need to hear this one myself.  Enjoy!

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Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34b NIV)
The proliferation of pound shops and bargain stores over the last few years says something about us as a society. Maybe it's in part that we have less money, but it's also that we don't want to have to pay for things. At least we don't want to pay much!
The gospel is the free gift of God's forgiveness for all we do wrong. However, that gift is not a pound shop bargain, but the most costly gift in the world. In April, we remembered what it cost God the Father and God the Son to buy that gift for us during Easter – the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross, in our place, taking our punishment. That's why we are so thankful to giver!
There's something else though. It's absolutely and wonderfully true that God gives those who believe in Jesus that gift freely. Yet,…

Review: Making the Most of the Cross

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So each year I try and read a book about the cross around Easter and this year it is Making the Most of the Cross by John Chapman, published by Matthias Media.  Let me say up front, I think it's great!

It is only 99 pages long, with 17 short chapters in three sections:

The death of the Lord JesusThe resurrection of the Lord JesusThe death and resurrection as a pattern. Each chapter is short, pithy and faithful teaching about the cross and resurrection and how it should change your life.  There is a prayer at the end of each chapter and it is definitely suitable for devotional reading, which is how I used it really.  Big hitting theology (e.g. substitution, propitiation, judgment) is here presented with simplicity, clarity and a deft touch.
It's worth saying what this book is not.  It is not an in depth, theologically academic investigation of the cross.  That's not the point.  It is a book for Christians in the pews.  If you ever heard Chappo speak, then I felt at times I …