In James chapter 5:13-16, we have a bundle of everyday issues that every Christian has to deal with. Sin, sickness and suffering among them. The wisdom here is practical and godly, giving the believer who taps into it a reason to sing. Is anyone among you suffering? Let him … [Read more...] about Singing the Blues
Life in Christendom
What is the vision of life that we are called to delight in? What does life under the throne of grace look like for families, cats and bankers? Here is my attempt at making some inroads into the beauty of a Christ centred life.
One of the things we learn from the opening chapters of 1 Samuel is that it's God who opens and shuts things. If Hannah cannot bear children it is because God has shut her womb. If Hannah bears a son it is because God has opened her womb. Beyond childbearing, we recognise this … [Read more...] about The Cost of Faithful Worship
Heaven, it has been said1, is not a hallway of mirrors. That would be more like a freakish hell than a heavenly bliss. You, you, nobody but you. Seeing nothing, hearing nothing, but you, you, you, for all eternity. Such a world would be joyless agony. Our own … [Read more...] about It’s Good to Forget
The things that happen to Hannah could happen and do happen, to anyone. Okay, so she can't have kids. But then she can. It happens every day. So, why does she sing such a grand and momentous song about such a relatively small matter in the big scheme of life? My heart exults in … [Read more...] about Those Glorious Little Mercies
We like to think of ourselves as independent creatures. We take it as a point of pride that our strength, endurance, patience and wit got us to where we are today. But, like a tree planted by streams of water, we are in fact, entirely dependant. We are dependent on the charity … [Read more...] about He Fills the Hungry