Nehemiah 3:15. The Fountain Gate is located very close to the Dung Gate at the southernmost point of the wall. In the spiritual life, the great promise of salvation is intrinsic to getting rid of our sin - or the rubbish that accumulates and hinders our relationship with our Holy God - and the Dung... Continue Reading →
The Genius of your Church
Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time for everything under the sun. Birth, death, planting, healing, mourning, dancing, etc. There are times and seasons in our lives, and in the life of our church. There are seasons for this or that. A permanent this or that is never a good idea. For ministry and... Continue Reading →
Poverty of the Holy Spirit
It is true that the doctrine of the Holy Spirit receives less attention than other doctrines. Historically, the institutional church looked (and still looks) upon the appeal by the masses to the Spirit as potentially subversive and in need of control. Maybe that's partly why pneumatology is the "odd-ology" (Fabricius). In Faith Seeking Understanding, Daniel Migliore writes,... Continue Reading →
The Holy Spirit
"The Spirit of God has various roles, and it is a mistake to magnify one of these over all the others. The Spirit is active in creation, as is also the Word or Logos. He is at work in revelation, opening our eyes to the significance of what God has accomplished for us in Jesus... Continue Reading →
A Latin hymn from the thirteenth century Come, thou Holy Spirit, come: And from thy celestial home send thy light and brilliancy. Come, thou father of the poor, Come, who givest all our store, Come, the soul's true radiancy. Come, of comforters the best, of the soul the sweetest guest, sweetly and refreshingly. Come in... Continue Reading →
Christ must be preached!
Sermons are a duty and a joy. A duty that is born out of the calling of God to preach the Gospel of Christ in the power of the Spirit, which is also a joy at the same time. This strange combination and the outworking of it always amazes me, and always motivates me, it... Continue Reading →
Preach the Word
What a joy it is to be a preacher!! When the couple started crying half way through the sermon, I thought it was a) a bad joke gone wrong b) the realisation that the sermon was longer than 15 minutes or c) they had heard that we'd ran out of biscuits to go with... Continue Reading →
God is so kindly disposed toward you
"I could not have faith in God if I did not think he wanted to be favourable and kind to me. This in turn makes me feel kindly disposed toward him, and I am moved to trust him with all my heart and look to him for all good things... Look here! This is how... Continue Reading →
The Cross is the End of Sacrifice – rejoice and be glad!
"We are made, through Christ's body and blood, God's sanctuary, God's holy temple, for the world. Just as bread and wine is transformed by the Holy Spirit to be for us the body and blood of Christ, our lives, our everyday sacrifices, are taken up into his oblation. Through that transformation the sacrifices, so often... Continue Reading →