What do you know?

In an opinion piece1 published on the New York Times website, dated 26 March 2016—the day before Easter Sunday—William Irwin, professor of Philosophy at King’s College, contends that certainty about the existence of God is impossible. Instead of certainty, Irwin promotes “a state of…

Resolved to fight

Late last night I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed and came across an article shared by a friend titled “Samson: A Strong Man Made Weak.” The article is a blog post by John MacArthur in Grace to You’s “Profiles of Godliness” series,…

The day God obeyed

There is a song that I learned in Sunday school, which I still occasionally sing to myself and which expresses a great truth. The song is called “Obedience,” and its lyrics go, in part: Obedience is the very best way to show that you…

Systematising unbelief

One of our pastors, preaching systematically through the Gospel of Luke, recently reached the account of the young demoniac at the foot of the mount of transfiguration (Luke 9:37–43). This is a fascinating account, which is brought into full focus only as you consider…

A bright new morning

Christianity is at its core a supernatural religion. At the very outset of Christianity’s sacred text, the Bible, we read of an omnipotent God who created the universe out of nothing in six days. Accounts of the miraculous are spattered throughout the Bible: Moses…

Manifesting unbelief

One of the striking features of Israel in the wilderness is their persistent unbelief. Here was a people that was led by the visible presence of God, was miraculously protected and preserved by God, and was provided for incredibly by God, and yet they…

Continuing thankfully

In the 2005 science fiction thriller, The Island, two clones, created for sole the purpose of providing organs for wealthy donors, escape their compound. At one point in the film, they encounter an individual who speaks of a “god complex.” One of the clones…

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,…

Living in dependence upon God

As you read the Gospels, it becomes quickly clear that the life of an apostle (like the life of any disciple of Christ) was one of highs and lows. For three apostles—Peter, James and John—one high point in their walk with Jesus was the…