Doctrine and Devotion

In every generation there have been those who have downplayed the importance of doctrine. These detractors claim that it doesn’t matter what one believes so long as one lives a life of love and compassion. Doctrine causes division, they say. It is far better…

Do you despise God?

Do you despise God? I imagine that most people confronted with this question would answer negatively. Relatively few would be so bold as to admit that they despise God. They may not believe in God. They may not fully submit to God. They may…

The altar of convenience

An article appearing in London’s The Telegraph quotes a Church of England representative as saying that Sunday morning worship has become “inconvenient” for Christians. While “many people still crave quiet reflection,” he says, they are “seeking out less ‘pressurised’ times in the week to…

Tolling the death knell

Recently, there has been a great deal of heated discussion in South Africa concerning the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). This project, an initiative of the South African government in partnership with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), aims to improve the…

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…

“Daddy, I don’t love God”

This morning, during our Family Bible Hour opening at church, we sang that old children’s favourite, “Jesus Loves Me.” In the particular three-verse rendition that we sing in our church, a verse of response is added: I love Jesus, does he know? Have I…

Powerful versus irresistible

We have recently been journeying during our Family Bible Hour on Sunday mornings through the Gospel of Matthew. Our approach has been to take one chapter per week and overview it in a discussion-oriented setting. This morning, we approached Matthew 13, in which Jesus…