Holy hatred: Hands that shed innocent blood

The story is told of a three-year-old girl with a pet tortoise. One day, the tortoise would not emerge from its shell, so the concerned little girl took the reptile to her mother. When her mother could not coax the animal out, she concluded…

Holy hatred: A lying tongue

On 11 September 2001, Tania Head was working for Merrill Lynch in the south tower of the World Trade Centre. After the second Boeing 767 ploughed into her floor, a dying colleague pleaded desperately with her to return his wedding ring to his wife….

Holy hatred: Haughty eyes

Finish this sentence: God hates … What is the first thing that comes to your mind? Adultery? Murder? Blasphemy? If you were to rank sins in terms of heinousness, what would your list look like? It is true, of course, that Christians should hate…

Holy hatred: Introduction

Jesus was once asked what is the greatest command in Scripture. His answer was simple: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” He said that this is “the great and…

Profaning the Name

There is a misnomer in Christian circles that all sin is equal in the eyes of God. This is perhaps based on a misunderstanding of texts like James 2:10, which reads, “Whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty…

Confirmation bias and pet sins

I was recently reading my son a bedtime story from Ura Miller’s 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible. The story that I was reading that night was the story of Lot in Sodom. The story, as told in this particular storybook, included these words:…

Heresy hunters

I recently joined the Reformed Baptist Fellowship & Theology Forum group on Facebook. This group exists ostensibly to foster theological discussion between Reformed-minded Baptists. A wide array of topics is discussed and, for the most part, discussion is civil and friendly. However, just a…

#WorstYearEver

As we approach the end of another year, one trending topic on Twitter has been #WorstYearEver. No doubt, a good many people have reasons to think that 2016 was a particularly disagreeable year. But the aforementioned hashtag has little to do with difficult economies,…

An ancient Christmas: The virgin

The prophet Isaiah ministered in Judah around six hundred years before Christ. His ministry spanned the reigns of at least four Judean kings: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. Three of those kings were godly, but Ahaz was a particularly despicable character. Second Kings 16…

An ancient Christmas: The offspring

Every year around Christmastime we are reminded that there is a good segment of the wider Christian community that vociferously objects to the celebration of Christmas. They point out that the birth of Christ is nowhere celebrated in the Bible or in early Christian…