Persistence, Part Two

Luke 11:5-8 Yesterday, we focused on Philippians 1:6, noting that God "who began a good work . . . will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." And, since we are to be "imitators of God" (Ephesians 5:1), it seems to me we oughta be about the business of persistence. It sure is … Continue reading Persistence, Part Two

Erroll Hulse (1931-2017) : The End of An Era

Today (Monday 21st August), the remains of Erroll Hulse, a dear friend and elder statesman in the Reformed faith, will be interred in Cuckfield, England. My mind is, therefore, very much in that part of the world as the sun comes up here in the heart of Africa. I wish I could be there to … Continue reading Erroll Hulse (1931-2017) : The End of An Era

Persistence, Part One

James 1:12 Persistence pays. It's a costly investment, no question about it. But the dividends are so much greater than the original outlay that you'll almost forget the price. And if the final benefits are really significant, you'll wonder why you ever hesitated to begin with. A primary reason we are tempted to give up … Continue reading Persistence, Part One

The Big Picture

Matthew 28:16-20 If you were to do a little fun research to discover the sheer quantity of activities that happen each day in America, you'd be amazed. Consider, for example, the number of cups of coffee consumed, the number of babies born, the number of people who take a taxi, bury a pet, get divorced, … Continue reading The Big Picture

Letters of Reference

Psalm 15:1-2 September 12, AD 61 Dear Paul: We are considering a man to serve as a manager in the copper plant of our growing company, Corinthian Chariots, Inc. We are an aggressive, innovative firm with plans for expansion into major metropolitan regions like Rome, Athens, Antioch, and Jerusalem. We are looking for future employees … Continue reading Letters of Reference

The Romance of the Christian Faith

One sometimes meets Christians who use scriptural words and thoughts with no more feeling than if they were licking stamps. They seem to belong to a religious world whose citizens live always north of the Arctic circle of emotion. Their spiritual affections are buried beneath yards of ice and snow. When they venture to talk about … Continue reading The Romance of the Christian Faith

My Dad

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 I'll never forget the night my dad died. He left like he had lived. Quietly. Graciously. With dignity. Without demands or harsh words or even a frown, he surrendered himself—a tired, frail, humble gentleman—into the waiting arms of his Savior. Death, selfish and cursed enemy of man, won another battle. As I … Continue reading My Dad

Radical Adjustments, Part Two

Isaiah 30:19-21 On October 12, 1972, a Fairchild F-227 of the Uruguayan Air Force was chartered by an amateur rugby team. The plan? To fly from Montevideo to Santiago, Chile . . . a flight pattern which required flying over the rugged Andes. There were forty-five on board, including the crew. Bad weather brought the plane down … Continue reading Radical Adjustments, Part Two

Sermons on Genesis 11-20 : Review

John Calvin’s sermons are very different to his commentaries, they are also as helpful as the day they were delivered. There are 47 expositions of Genesis 11:5-9 to Genesis 20:4-7, in this latest book, published for the first time in the English language. Those who already have Professor McGregor’s first volume, Genesis 1-11, will want … Continue reading Sermons on Genesis 11-20 : Review

Radical Adjustments, Part One

Joshua 1:9 Extreme dilemmas are usually solved by radical adjustments. It used to be called "fighting fire with fire." Minor alterations won't do. If the situation is getting completely out of hand, a slight modification won't cut it. It's get-with-it time. If the tumor is the size of a grapefruit, taking a handful of vitamins … Continue reading Radical Adjustments, Part One