Mercy killing: An introduction

In 2006 Sean Davison, a professor at the biotechnology department of the University of the Western Cape (UWC), visited his aging mother, Patricia, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Davison’s mother, then 85, was a retired general practitioner and psychiatrist. She had been diagnosed with terminal…

Praying specifically

I recently started reading The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie. “The movie,” by the same name, is based on real-life events, though it has been rather substantially Holywoodised. The “true events” were events that unfolded in the life of Kim and…

Zelophahadic jewels

It has often been said that the Bible is a book that must be mined for its treasures. The more work you put into the serious study of Scripture, the greater you will be blessed by what you find. That is true of study,…

The practicality of sovereignty

In Family Bible Hour recently, we had some discussion regarding the sovereignty of God and what it means practically to us. It struck me afresh during our discussion that our understanding of God’s sovereignty, or at least of its day-to-day implications, is often somewhat…

The numbers game

The Bible is at times a thrilling book, filled with suspense and intrigue. There are portions that contain stories we love to read over and over and tell to our kids. And then there are those other sections—the ones comprising genealogies and censuses. The…

The P’s in covenant

The Bible is filled with turning points in the history of God’s plan of redemption. One of those turning points is the call of Abram (Abraham) from Ur. According to Joshua 24:1–2, Abraham was an idolater in Ur when God graciously called him. God’s…

This is my Father’s world

In a 2003 speech entitled “Environmentalism as Religion,” the late author Michael Crichton—no friend of biblical Christianity—labelled environmentalism “one of the most powerful religions in the Western World” and “the religion of choice for urban atheists.” It may sound strange to label environmentalism as…

The gospel before the flood

Part of my responsibility in recent times at work has been to prepare weekly handouts for our Family Bible Hour (FBH) ministry at church. FBH is essentially our adult Sunday school. Every class studies the same portion of Scripture the same week, which is…

Post-apocalyptic musings

If you were unfamiliar with the name Harold Camping just a few months ago, you are probably quite familiar with it today. Camping is a retired civil engineer and self-taught Bible scholar. He is most famous for his dual failed predictions of the timing…

Theological cynicism

In Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, former Dallas Seminary professor Jack Deere poses an interesting hypothetical situation: “If you were to lock a brand-new Christian in a room with a Bible and tell him to study what the Scriptures have to say…