Bible Studies, Christian Life, doctrine

The Danger of Being a Theological Sluggard.

Distracted from the Real Warning? Hebrews 5 and 6 has to be among the most controversial passages in the Bible. The controversy is mainly between Calvinists like me who argue that you cannot lose your salvation and...well, everybody else. However, as is sadly the case with any Bible passage that has become caught up in… Continue reading The Danger of Being a Theological Sluggard.

Bible Studies, Christian Life

Is time a cruel mistress?

  There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens:          a time to be born and a time to die,     a time to plant and a time to uproot,      a time to kill and a time to heal,     a time to tear down and a time to build,      a… Continue reading Is time a cruel mistress?

Bible Studies, Christian Life

Happiness and Task Completion

Ecclesiastes 2: 4-11 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I… Continue reading Happiness and Task Completion

Bible Studies, Christian Life

Is there any point to pleasure?

I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;     I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labour,     and this was the reward for all my toil. 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done     and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;… Continue reading Is there any point to pleasure?

Bible Studies, Christian Life, Uncategorized

Temporary and Lasting Pleasure

I said to myself, ‘Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.’ But that also proved to be meaningless. ‘Laughter,’ I said, ‘is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?’ I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly – my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was… Continue reading Temporary and Lasting Pleasure

Bible Studies, Christian Life

STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task… Continue reading STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

Bible Studies, Christian Life

What is it like to be a Christian?

I was asked this question after giving a talk at a youth group and, I have to admit, it completely stumped me. I wanted to launch into rhetoric about how wonderful and exciting the Christian life is. I wanted to... but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. The Christian life is wonderful. The… Continue reading What is it like to be a Christian?

Bible Studies, Devotions

Can you handle the “hebel”? (part 2)

‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’     says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless!     Everything is meaningless.’ Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 Last week, we saw that life and everything in this world is not necessarily meaningless, but it is fleeting. The idea behind “hebel” is like smoke, breath or a bubble that soon disappears. “Hebel” is also translated in the Bible as “idol”. And… Continue reading Can you handle the “hebel”? (part 2)

Bible Studies, Devotions

Can you handle the “hebel”? (part 1)

The words of the Teacher,a son of David, king of Jerusalem: ‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.’ Ecclesiastes 1: 1-2 Everything is vanity of vanities – utterly meaningless, perfectly useless, and totally futile? It is amongst the best known phrases in the Bible, yet as Christians we often have no idea… Continue reading Can you handle the “hebel”? (part 1)

Bible Studies, resources

Read the Bible like Isaac Watts.

In 1709 Isaac Watts wrote a hymn that has had a profound impact on my walk with Christ, and more particularly, on my understanding of the Bible. The words are as follows... “Laden with guilt and full of fears, I fly to thee, my Lord, And not a glimpse of hope appears, but in Thy… Continue reading Read the Bible like Isaac Watts.