Lessons from Knowing God by J.I.Packer

Over the past several weeks, I have been reading the classic book Knowing God by J.I. Packer together with hundreds of people (over 800!). The idea was initiated by Tim Challies, a Christian pastor who blogs here. Actually, I have had this book since June 2012, but I never went beyond the first few chapters. Reading it in community with others,…

To Paris with Love

Over 130 souls perishing on a single night is a tragedy. This was the gruesome occurrence that Parisians bore witness to just a week ago. Human life is precious, for it was created in God’s own image. And when it is deliberately snuffed out under whatever pretext, our hearts should rightly bleed. It is instructive…

We need another Reformation

Several centuries ago, on this date, an unknown monk, professor and preacher posted a document on the door of the castle church in the town of Wittenberg in modern day Germany. It was a simple call for discussion and debate of some important topics and issues. Unknown to him, the material would be taken by…

A Play in Six Acts: The Message of the Bible

This outline is adapted from a paper presented by Michael W. Goheen, Theological Director at the Missional Training Centre in Phoenix, Arizona (USA). It is a very brief overview of the biblical story presented as a play in six acts. So when next you pick the Bible to read, ask yourself what act of the play you…

The Christian basis of Society

What is the basis for human society? How can we justify a society where individual initiative and freedom is upheld, while also maintaining the cohesion and order that every society needs? The answer lies in the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. The Christian worldview understands human society as being not a product of an individual’s will,…

Hope in the midst of Sorrow

As Christians, we sometimes face trials – moments when God seems distant and trouble or grief clouds our souls. It could be the death of a loved one, a perplexing illness, loss of one’s job. It could even be hostile attack or opposition from humans. At such times, we cry out to God for help,…

Searching for Dignity

My culture is on a perpetual quest for dignity. We want to be regarded, respected and valued. We teach children to respect their elders (and rightly so).Unfortunately, we often tie a person’s dignity to his or her wealth, possessions, or position. Our culture worships wealth and  gives honour to those who have it. To this…