Blog Posts

Let’s do better: Reflections on stirring the Byrd’s nest

If you interact on social media in Reformed circles, you are probably aware of the recent furore surrounding Aimee Byrd’s most recent book, Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. The title is provocative, no doubt, and has led to a series of unfortunate events….

The seven sayings: Security

Every year, the Human Development Report Office for the United Nations Development Programme releases a report focusing on a particular area of human development. In 1994, the report focused on human security and identified seven key areas associated with human security: economic, food, health,…

The seven sayings: Victory

We tend to place a great deal of value in last words. Perhaps you can still vividly recall the last thing a loved one said to you before they died. Perhaps you have been inspired by the last words of a public figure. Sometimes,…

The seven sayings: Suffering

A recent CNN news clip showed reporter Gary Tuchman outside an Ohio megachurch, where vehicles were streaming out of the parking lot. One woman stopped her car and rolled down her window to speak to him. “Can I ask you about your decision to…

The seven sayings: Atonement

In April 1984, police arrived at Rafael Ruiz’s home to inform him that he was a suspect in a sexual assault investigation. Professing his innocence, Ruiz complied fully with the investigation. Formally charged, Ruiz was offered a plea deal in which he could accept…

The seven sayings: Love

When Man of Steel was released in 2013, director Zack Snyder was asked about some of the obvious artistic parallels between Superman and Jesus Christ. Snyder replied, “The Christ-like parallels, I didn’t make this stuff up. That is the tried-and-true Superman metaphor. So rather…

Reviews

Another Gospel: A Review

There is much talk in evangelical churches today about professing Christians—usually, high profile professing Christians—undergoing a process of “deconstruction” whereby they come to question, and often completely abandon, their faith. Some try to maintain a claim to Christianity but what they ultimately embrace is…

Review: Talking Back to Purity Culture

When I saw Rachel Welcher inviting people to join a book launch team to promote her forthcoming book—Talking Back to Purity Culture: Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality—I was a little sceptical. The book is billed as a response to “purity culture’s complicated legacy.” I had…

Devotionals

A Devoted Heart (Psalm 40)

The Old Testament contains a great deal of direction on how God wanted to be worshipped. The second command makes it clear that he must be worshipped on his terms, not ours (Exodus 20:4–6). To this end, he gave a great deal of instruction…

Memento Mori (Psalm 39)

Second-century Christian writer, Tertullian, claims that, during his triumphal procession after battle, a slave would sit behind a victorious Roman general, holding a crown over his head, and whispering softly, “Respice post te. Hominem te memento.” Roughly translated: “Look to the time after your…

Confession (Psalm 38)

Have you ever felt that God is hiding his face from you? That he is bitterly disappointed with you and therefore withdrawing his presence from you? What was he cause of that feeling? More likely than not, you felt like that because you were…