As a kid, I remember the distinct moment I realized that Christmas was over. There was the vague recollection that there was an immense month full of joy and anticipation, and then the glorious event itself. All the evidences of the joy of Christmas were still with me, bits of wrapping paper could still be … More Merry Day-After-Christmas
As books go, Jonah has a wonderful conclusion rarely considered. I may indeed be getting ahead of myself, but it is not too much for me to assume that most people consider the poor estate of Jonah’s aquatic tales and fail to consider prophetic work thereafter. Ah, and there is that word “prophet” which has been … More Faith Breeds New Action
Every Christmas we are drawn into a flurry of emotions. We have the great highs of presents, and decorations. There are armies of Santas and parades ready to charm the hearts of children and adult alike, but sometimes it’s possible to feel as if we are in the belly of a fish at the bottom … More Hopeless for the Holidays
There are a few figures that often make it into children’s storybooks that baffle me. You have the classic story of God’s great wrath upon mankind in the story of Noah. I still don’t understand why the mass genocide of the earth in the tale of Noah regularly makes it into Little Timmy’s nursery. Another unexpected … More Worst. Prophet. Ever.
Have you ever heard of the axiom, “I am a Christian but I don’t go to church.” In many ways, this has replaced the Apostles Creed as the most fundamental creed for many individuals who classify themselves as Christians today. What are you supposed to say to that? People typically expect you to simply smile … More An Advantageous Advent
The Bible is full of all sorts of heroes. Often the apex of Old Testament figures is the prophet Moses. Certainly Moses was the greatest prophet of Old until the coming of Christ. Accompanied by his brother Aaron, and with the initial support of the elders of Israel, these two men came forward unto Pharaoh … More Thus Saith Pharaoh?
The history of the Christian Church can get rather complicated as you look across the ocean of traditions and faces. There are today so many sorts of camps and tribes even under the banner of Protestant and Reformed. But one figure stands out amongst his brethren as a helpful voice in service to Christ and … More John Owen, Reformational Catholic
Jesus wants us to know one simple truth from Matthew 6:19-14: we need to re-orient our priorities. Jesus speaks of our treasure, our eye and our master in this passage. But these three seemingly unrelated illustrations all point towards the single reality that our greatest aim and desire in life must be to treasure, behold … More What Rules You?
I recently had the opportunity to read William Boekestein’s contribution to the bitesize biographies series focusing on protestant reformer, Ulrich Zwingli.
One of the joys of being a parent is learning to see the world again from a fresh perspective. I say “fresh” and not “new” because far too often we forget the wonder of what it was like to be a child. The beauty of a child’s perspective comes in this: they can build whole … More A Pentecost State of Mind