True Hope (Psalm 33)

Every five years, as national elections draw near, discussions about the strengths and weaknesses of the various political parties abound. People around the country—Christians included—criticise each other’s choices and formulate their own opinions on which is the “correct” party to vote for, based on…

Thanking God for Our Rulers (Psalm 21)

One of the most helpful disciplines for prayer is learning to pray the Bible. Praying the Psalms is a prime way of learning this discipline. Christopher Ash observes, “If you want your prayer life to be shaped by the word of God—as I hope…

Justice for Cecil?

Unless you have been living in a state of self-imposed isolation, you are no doubt aware of the big news: On 1 July, just outside Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, an American dentist killed a lion. Cecil, Hwange National Park’s most famous lion, was one…

Are you afraid?

In preparation for a particular study I was doing recently, I found myself reading John Calvin on 2 Peter 2. In that chapter, the apostle writes of the character of false teachers, and pulls few punches in doing so. In v. 10, he writes…

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…