Understanding Grace

Grace is central to the Christian worldview. At the core of the Christian understanding of reality is that although man has fallen from his exalted position in which he was created, God has stepped in to secure his salvation. And this salvation Paul has declared to be by grace:  “For by Grace are you saved”…

The Meaning of Easter

Easter is more than a commemoration; it is a celebration of victory. Death no longer has the final word, for it was defeated centuries ago. Each year, Christians celebrate Easter, which marks the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Jesus was a Jewish religious teacher…

A Checklist for Raising Children

At the heart of every parent is the desire to bring up their children well. And for those who have come to know Christ as Saviour, we want to go about this scripturally. Perhaps this checklist can assist as a daily guide. Today I __ Hugged my child and told him, “I love you.” (Luke…

The Lord’s Song

“By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our lyres. For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a foreign…

Arrival of the King – By N.T. Wright

As we prepare for Advent and Christmas, one obvious theme is the kingship of Jesus. We use royal language about Jesus a lot but we seldom pause to think what exactly that ought to mean both when we talk about Jesus himself and when we think about leadership and government in the world. On both…

Should I Trust God When I Can’t Find A Job?

“Failing to get a job after 1,000+ applications can only mean one thing: Never trust your work experience and education. They will definitely fail you. But above all, never put your hope in anything or anyone besides Jesus Christ.” This post from Pew Theology is a helpful reminder that our help comes from the Lord…

Christ is the World’s true light

  1. Christ is the world’s true light, Its Captain of salvation, The Day-star clear and bright Of every man and nation; New life, new hope awakes, Where’er men own his sway; Freedom her bondage breaks, And night is turned to day. 2. In Christ all races meet, Their ancient feuds forgetting, The whole round…

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…

Even If …

The hand of God does not always reflect his heart. God loves his children, even though he sometimes does not grant the healing, blessing, or success they seek. James was killed by Herod, Stephen was stoned to death by the Jewish elders, Paul had a thorn in the flesh still. Yet God’s heart toward them…

A Reflection on Joy – Pope Benedict XVI

A striking reflection on joy by Pope Benedict XVI. Something I constantly notice is that unembarrassed joy has become rarer. Joy today is increasingly saddled with moral and ideological burdens, so to speak. When someone rejoices, he is afraid of offending against solidarity with the many people who suffer. I don’t have any right to…