A Note on Emerson’s ‘Self-Reliance’

There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.

Why the Trinity Matters

If you received a measure of Christian education while growing up, you would have learnt about the unique view of God held by Christians. You would have understood that this is a foundational doctrine which you can’t deny and remain a Christian. But like many others (including me), you may not really grasp why it is such a crucial idea.

Knowing J.I. Packer’s God

Few years ago, I read the classic book Knowing God by J.I. Packer together with hundreds of people (over 800!). Tim Challies, a Christian pastor who blogs here, initiated the idea. And I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it. Reading it in community with others helped me ply the entire book and mine its…

A Plea for Books – Christian Books

  This article was originally published as ‘Every Christian a Publisher’ by the late American pastor, Ernest Reisinger (1919-2004). It is a stirring message on the key role books have played in the development of the Christian faith and the lives of believers over the ages and the role it can still play for the…

8 Christian thinkers you should take seriously

Over the course of history, God raises people who influence the body of Christ through their ministry and writings. And of them, it can be said that even while dead, they still speak (Hebrews 11:4). Below are a few of such figures who should be taken seriously by the Christian believer today. The list is…

A Christ-centred ministry: A new look at C.H. Spurgeon on the Christian life

    *Why bother about someone who lived about two centuries ago? As the preface to the ‘Theologians on the Christian Life’ series, of which the book under review is a part, points out, studying past theologians and believers gives us perspective: “We tend to lack the perspectives from the past, perspectives from a different…

The Bookshelf: Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof

Berkhof’s Systematic Theology was my first book on Christian theology. Its unique cover design still reminds me of my first days with it. I would stay in my room to study, making repeated visits to the Bible close by to look up his numerous references. I loved the book (and still do.) It opened up…

Book Review: The Dangerous Duty of Delight

I published this post back in 2012 and its message remains essential: Joy is not an add-on to the Christian life, it is at the core. We are called to joy – joy in God our Creator and Christ our Redeemer. ‘I write this little book because the truth and beauty of Jesus Christ, the…