Already and Not-yet

Isaiah 35:5,6 The entrance of Christ into our world was like 'water breaking forth in the wilderness, and stream in the desert' (Isaiah 35:6). He came in power, healing all who were oppressed of the Devil. He came literally opening the eyes of the blind, unlocking the ears of the deaf, and causing the lame … Continue reading Already and Not-yet

A King without borders

Psalm 72:11-13 Christ came as the awaited Messiah who would occupy David's throne. This passage reflects the expectation that he would be a global King, whose rule would extend over all the earth. While the Jewish hope that the Messiah would literally live in Jerusalem in a restored palace wasn't realized, Christ does reign as … Continue reading A King without borders

A God who keeps his word

Jeremiah 23:7-8 At the centre of the message of the Bible is a God who keeps his word. When he makes a promise, we can certainly count on him to fulfill it. God promised a Redeemer right after our first parents sinned. The entire story line of the scriptures is basically how this promise was … Continue reading A God who keeps his word

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