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…

The seven sayings: Salvation

In April 1994, Milwaukee pastor, Roy Ratcliff, received a phone call from a local prison warden. The warden informed him that a prisoner wished to be baptised and asked if he would be willing to perform the rite. Intrigued, and never having been involved…

The seven sayings: Forgiveness

On the evening of 17 June 2015, a tragic mass shooting happened at the Emanuel African American Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. During a routine Bible study, young white supremacist, Dylann Roof, entered the building and opened fire, killing nine people and…

The seven sayings: Introduction

Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ rocked the world in 2004 with its graphic portrayal of the crucifixion. Clocking in at a little over two hours, the film tells the story of Jesus’ final hours leading up to the cross. The movie was…

Gossip: How to respond

We have considered the fact that gossip is evidence of a debased mind and have worked through some of the ways to overcome gossip in our own lives. But how should you respond when you are the victim of gossip? If you have ever…