‘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)
Why do Christians struggle with assurance of their salvation? In the last post I explored the Bible’s teaching about salvation generally. In this post I want us to go a little further and think about how that salvation works. At the heart of the Gospel, at the heart of salvation, is the doctrine of justification. What… Continue reading Assurance & Justification
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.
No. Let me explain. Normally when you hear this question, the answer goes something like this: "Yes you can be a Christian and not go to church because being a Christian is not about religion but about having a relationship with Jesus. You don't have to earn your relationship with Jesus, he gives it to… Continue reading Can you be a churchless Christian?
Psalm 3 English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK) A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. 1 O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God. Selah 3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. 4 I cried aloud to… Continue reading Save me from my enemies?
Psalm 2 English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK) 2 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, 3 “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”… Continue reading When we shake our fists at God
Psalm 17 6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. 7 Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. 8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide… Continue reading Psalm 17: I Shall See Your Face (part 2)
Psalm 17 New International Version - UK (NIVUK) A prayer of David. God is the one who vindicates his people 1 Hear me, Lord, my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer – it does not rise from deceitful lips. 2 Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right. Essentially this is a prayer… Continue reading Psalm 17: I Shall See Your Face (part 1)
The Challenge of the Global Village The world is becoming a smaller place and more people are being exposed to the various cultures, religions and practices contained within it. This, I would argue, is a good thing. When I moved to London from a fairly sheltered community in South Africa, it was one of the… Continue reading Is Christianity unfair to those raised in other faiths? (Part 1 – learning to be honest)
Psalm 9 English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK) To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David. Look back: Recount the faithfulness of God in past rescues 1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. 2 I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most… Continue reading Psalm 9: The Lord Your Stronghold