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

Exultation in God

This is a song of delight in God by the ancient Jewish King, David. It's the 103rd chapter of the Book of Psalms. Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all … Continue reading Exultation in God

A Psalm of Thanksgiving

*Make a joyful shout to the Lord , all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord , He is God; It  is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We  are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates … Continue reading A Psalm of Thanksgiving

Our World belongs to God – Preamble

God reigns! This is the joy of the believer. Through all the stages of the universe's history - Creation, Fall, Redemption, God has been at work. All things exist for him and he is ruler over all. A document published by the Christian Reformed Church captures this truth eloquently. I intend to present this statement … Continue reading Our World belongs to God – Preamble

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 … Continue reading Grace! ’tis a charming sound