Blog Posts

Let’s do better: Reflections on stirring the Byrd’s nest

If you interact on social media in Reformed circles, you are probably aware of the recent furore surrounding Aimee Byrd’s most recent book, Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. The title is provocative, no doubt, and has led to a series of unfortunate events….

The seven sayings: Security

Every year, the Human Development Report Office for the United Nations Development Programme releases a report focusing on a particular area of human development. In 1994, the report focused on human security and identified seven key areas associated with human security: economic, food, health,…

The seven sayings: Victory

We tend to place a great deal of value in last words. Perhaps you can still vividly recall the last thing a loved one said to you before they died. Perhaps you have been inspired by the last words of a public figure. Sometimes,…

The seven sayings: Suffering

A recent CNN news clip showed reporter Gary Tuchman outside an Ohio megachurch, where vehicles were streaming out of the parking lot. One woman stopped her car and rolled down her window to speak to him. “Can I ask you about your decision to…

The seven sayings: Atonement

In April 1984, police arrived at Rafael Ruiz’s home to inform him that he was a suspect in a sexual assault investigation. Professing his innocence, Ruiz complied fully with the investigation. Formally charged, Ruiz was offered a plea deal in which he could accept…

The seven sayings: Love

When Man of Steel was released in 2013, director Zack Snyder was asked about some of the obvious artistic parallels between Superman and Jesus Christ. Snyder replied, “The Christ-like parallels, I didn’t make this stuff up. That is the tried-and-true Superman metaphor. So rather…

Reviews

Another Gospel: A Review

There is much talk in evangelical churches today about professing Christians—usually, high profile professing Christians—undergoing a process of “deconstruction” whereby they come to question, and often completely abandon, their faith. Some try to maintain a claim to Christianity but what they ultimately embrace is…

Review: Talking Back to Purity Culture

When I saw Rachel Welcher inviting people to join a book launch team to promote her forthcoming book—Talking Back to Purity Culture: Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality—I was a little sceptical. The book is billed as a response to “purity culture’s complicated legacy.” I had…

Devotionals

Strength in Waiting (Psalm 69)

You will agree, I’m sure, that we live in an age of instant gratification. We don’t like to wait for anything. Everything from deliveries to work replies must arrive in an instant. We recognise that this culture causes us to lose things like patience…

The Cosmic Conqueror (Psalm 68)

Psalm 68 is not one in which many people find their life verse. You will not find many throw cushions embroidered with, “As wax melts before fire, so the wicked shall perish before God” (v. 2). Few will decorate the walls of their living…

For You, Not to You (Psalm 66)

I am privileged to be a member of the church where accurate Bible interpretation is taken very seriously. Since we hold firmly to the authority of Scripture, we want to read and study it with a view to discerning what God has for us…