Grace! ’tis a charming sound

Grace! ’tis a charming sound, Harmonious to the ear! Heaven with the echo shall resound, And all the earth shall hear.   Grace first contrived the way To save rebellious man; And all the steps, that grace display, Which drew the wondrous plan.   Grace led my roving feet To tread the heavenly road; And…

Christianity and Communism

Communism is one of the great ideologies to have arisen on the earth. Spanning across cultures as diverse as Russia and China, it is truly a global movement. It has enjoyed, and still enjoys, wide appeal because of its concern for  the  suffering and oppression of the lower classes of society. Ironically, the system (and…

Amazing Love!

 The joy of redemption! And can it be, that I should gain An interest in the Saviour’s blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain- For me, who Him to death pursued? Amazing love! how can it be That Thou, my God, should die for me? ‘Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies! Who can…

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…

Why Christians Should Read Fiction

What can we learn from fiction? A confession: I am often reluctant to read fiction because I have a whole pile of ‘serious’ books yet to be read. When I was younger, stories were so much fun! Staying in my room for hours, I would journey with Gulliver, experience human cruelty with Cinderella, and struggle…

Robinson Crusoe and Providence

A feature of man’s fallen state is our inclination to overlook God’s acts of kindness towards us. We so easily forget or take them for granted. We go from home to work every day without a hitch. Your wife was pregnant for nine months and gave birth to a bay without any defect. Or you…

On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity by John Milton

I *THis is the Month, and this the happy morn Wherein the Son of Heav’ns eternal King, Of wedded Maid, and Virgin Mother born, Our great redemption from above did bring; For so the holy sages once did sing, [ 5 ] That he our deadly forfeit should release, And with his Father work us…

Quotes on Providence

Providence is God’s rule over all that exists, visible and unseen, past and future. It is the christian’s comfort and confidence. Louis Berkhof defines it thus: Providence is that work of God in which He preserves all His creatures, is active in all that happens in the world, and directs all things to their appointed…

On the Reading of Old Books, By C. S. Lewis

This piece was written by C. S. Lewis as an Introduction to a 1944 translation of *St Athanasius’ The Incarnation of the Word of God. There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern…