What do we do in times of crisis? We find strength in the Lord’s identity

This week I’ve started working through the book of Habakkuk. It is a challenging book as in it God’s prophet intercedes and begs God to act only to discover that God is acting by bringing judgement and devastation.  Yet, one thing really stood out to me as I read through the whole book in oneContinue reading “What do we do in times of crisis? We find strength in the Lord’s identity”

Why is the doctrine of creation so important?

So far, we have sketched out the story of Creation as we find it in Scripture and we have compared it to other Creation accounts, both historical and contemporary. Now, we can start to think through the implications of Creation. First of all, we want to look at the doctrinal implications. What are the importantContinue reading “Why is the doctrine of creation so important?”

Going with the grain of how Scripture talks about God

I want to say a little bit more about the recent controversy concerning Gently and Lowly.  If we have discomfort about the language in the book, then it seems to be because we struggle with the language we find in Scripture. Let me pick up on one example. In Hosea 11:8-9 God says to Israel:Continue reading “Going with the grain of how Scripture talks about God”

Gently and lowly?

This is a book review with a bit of a difference.  Normally you would expect me to be reviewing a new book that few people have heard of yet in order to let you know why you should buy it and read it. In this case, there’s a good chance that you’ve already heard about,Continue reading “Gently and lowly?”

God in the Dock (Romans 3:1-8)

Paul has argued that relying on ethnic pride does not work.  Your genes will not save you, nor your knowledge of The Law. We are judged by our actual righteous, the good that we do or don’t do. Therefore Jews and Gentiles alike face judgement day. So, if a Jew cannot claim an exemption, isContinue reading “God in the Dock (Romans 3:1-8)”

What (if anything) have we learnt about God’s Sovereignty during lockdown?

One of the charges laid against those who are seen as most enthusiastic about lockdowns and vaccines is that they have forgotten about God’s Sovereignty over life and death and so are doing everything they  can to cheat death.  Furthermore, the argument is that belief we can control the virus is “hubris.” I’ve argued inContinue reading “What (if anything) have we learnt about God’s Sovereignty during lockdown?”

“God has been so good to us”

We sat by the bed-side and leaned in close to listen. The lady was struggling to speak and it was hard to hear but the words came out oh so clearly “God has been so good to us.”  It was hard to hold back the tears. We were visiting for a membership interview.  The olderContinue reading ““God has been so good to us””

Godless?

In this video, I describe Christmas as part of the evidence that points to the reality of the God who is Love, who created us and who is actively involved, even stepping down into history. I also said that that when it comes to apologetics, some people prefer to separate out proof of God’s existenceContinue reading “Godless?”