Jeremiah’s call and ours

Jeremiah 1:5-10 Jeremiah's call spoke powerfully to me after I became a Christian. In it I could discern God calling me to bear witness to the gospel. I had the same objection, but I received similar encouragement. The God who sends forth never abandons - and so it has been all these years. This is … Continue reading Jeremiah’s call and ours

Oriki Mi (My Oriki)

    In the Yoruba worldview, an individual's identity is closely tied to the community. It might be said of a person that 'the community is, therefore I am.' Out of this context emerges the Oriki. It is a praise poem celebrating the individual as a member of his family or clan. And it summarily recounts … Continue reading Oriki Mi (My Oriki)

True Love

At a time like this when the word 'Love' is being thrown around, it is helpful to reflect on what love really is. We have no better example than the Redeemer who gave himself for His Church (Eph. 5:25). He shows us that love essentially involves a self-giving interest and commitment to the well-being of … Continue reading True Love

The Christian View of Human Flourishing

In a lovely little book I recently read (see my review here), Miroslav Volf highlights the importance of the concept of human flourishing. Every individual wants to live the best life possible. We don't just want to exist; we want to thrive. We want to flourish. But what exactly is it to flourish? There are … Continue reading The Christian View of Human Flourishing

Grace, ’tis a charming sound

1. Grace, ’tis a charming sound, Harmonious to mine ear; Heaven with the echo shall resound, And all the earth shall hear. 2. Grace first contrived the way To save rebellious man; And all the steps that grace display Which drew the wondrous plan. 3. Grace first inscribed my name In God’s eternal book; ’Twas … Continue reading Grace, ’tis a charming sound

A Hymn on Work

Behold us, Lord, a little space From daily tasks set free, And met within Thy holy place To rest awhile with Thee. Around us rolls the ceaseless tide Of business, toil, and care; And scarcely can we turn aside For one brief hour of prayer. Yet these are not the only walls Wherein Thou may’st … Continue reading A Hymn on Work

Living Words – William Law (1686 – 1761)

Again, let a tradesman but have this intention (to please God in all his actions as the happiest and best thing in the world), and it will make him a saint in his shop; his every-day business will be a course of wise and reasonable actions, made holy to God, by being done in obedience … Continue reading Living Words – William Law (1686 – 1761)

The Nature of God: Eternity

The eternity of God means that He transcends time. It is an attribute that sets him apart from his creatures, and so it is one of the attributes that are often called incommunicable. God alone is eternal, neither man nor the angels partake of this quality. We are finite beings. God is infinite. We live … Continue reading The Nature of God: Eternity

Why the Apostles’ Creed Matters

We live in an anti-creedal age. Many churches do not have a body of jointly held beliefs. Where these are present, they often have little or no bearing on the life of the community.  Sermons consist of sound bites, anecdotes and motivational remarks. If the Church is to be a force for change in the … Continue reading Why the Apostles’ Creed Matters