God’s way

In August of 1996, a female gorilla housed at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois, made international headlines after a three-year-old boy climbed the wall around the gorilla exhibit and fell more than seven metres into the enclosure. The boy suffered a broken hand and…

Every dark shadow

It seems that we live in a world of memes. According to Merriam-Webster, a meme, strictly speaking, is “any idea, behaviour, style, or usage that spreads from one person to another within a culture.” Most people have come to associate the word, however, with…

The greatest

Every year, BibleGateway.com, which bills itself “the world’s most visited Christian website,” publishes a list of the most read Bible verses on its website. Every year, the list includes a number of well-known and beloved verses, such as Proverbs 3:5–6; Psalm 23:4; 1 Corinthians…

The real war on terror

The world has been obsessed with Paris in recent days. Over the weekend, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for three co-ordinated attacks in the French capital, which killed (at the time of writing) around 130 people. Many more were injured, some critically, which means…

The vilest offender

In a previous post, I reviewed a book by Roy Ratcliff titled Dark Journey, Deep Grace, which is the account of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s journey to faith. As I said in that post, I read the book in the space of a few hours….

Vindicating Jesus?

“A Kenyan lawyer has filed a petition to overturn the 2,000-year-old trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, arguing that the trial was unlawful and demanding that Israel and Italy be held responsible.”1 When I first read these words, I was almost certain it must…

Destiny’s child (part 3): What does the text say?

In my ongoing thinking through the issue of infants (and the mentally handicapped) who die, and their eternal destiny, I have thus far sought to set forth the overriding argument as I understanding it, and to deal with some objections and other issues relating…

Destiny’s child (part two): Objections and other considerations

Previously, I outlined my basic assertion that those who die in infancy, or who are too severely handicapped to wrestle intellectually with the implications of the gospel, experience God’s salvific grace. It appears to me that, by his own decree, God’s judgement is based…

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…

The doctrines of grace and the gospel of Christ

Having briefly outlined the teaching that is commonly known as “Calvinism,” we must necessarily face one major objection that is often levelled against the system: Does it not hinder the work of the gospel? The story is frequently told that, when William Carey expressed…