Fix your Eyes on the Invisible

Do you ever get discouraged? Are you ever tempted to ‘lose heart’? If you are, you are not alone. Paul was almost certainly tempted himself to lose heart, and he wrote to other Christians who were also tempted to do so. Yet Paul wrote, ‘We do not lose heart’ (2 Corinthians 4:1,16). ‘We do not …

Perspective

In his book, The Vision and The Vow, Pete Greig tells of how a distinguished art critic was studying an exquisite painting by the Italian Renaissance master Filippino Lippi. He stood in London’s National Gallery gazing at the fifteenth-century depiction of Mary holding the infant Jesus on her lap, with saints Dominic and Jerome kneeling nearby. …

Restoring Relationships

Hans worked his way up from being a miner to owning a number of mines. His eldest son, Martin, was very intelligent and went to university at the age of seventeen. A respectable career as a lawyer lay ahead of him. Suddenly, to his father’s dismay, he cancelled his registration for the law course and …

Your Words Are Powerful

‘The Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilisation.’ These words were in a speech given by Sir Winston Churchill to the House of Commons in 1940. Facing defeat, he inspired the nation to fight from the corner, urging them to brace themselves to do their duty …

Just in Time

Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsie were middle-aged Christian women in Holland when World War II erupted. They resolved to conceal fleeing Jews from the Nazis. They rescued many. But they were eventually arrested and taken to Ravensbrück concentration camp. Betsie died there. Corrie miraculously survived to bear witness to the way in which …

On Justice Continued: Who Is Unjust?

Justice and righteousness are about a radical, selfless way of life. Like in the book of Proverbs, what does it mean to “bring about just righteousness?”  “Open your mouth for those who can’t speak for themselves.” And what do these words mean for the prophets, like Jeremiah? “Rescue the disadvantaged, and don’t tolerate oppression or …

God Even Uses Your Mistakes

Handley Moule, when he was Bishop of Durham, had the task of visiting the relatives of 170 miners who had been killed in a mining accident. While he was wondering what to say to them, he picked up a little bookmark his mother had given him. As he held it up, on the reverse side …

On My Brothers

Our nation has had more than its share of distractions lately. There’s one facet that grieves me more than others: this division of racism. It should not be citizens against police. It should not be blacks against whites. We are all citizens; we are all people. I pray we each and collectively can respect and …