Psalms forever!

Andrew Shead spoke on the book of Psalms at the Annual CMS conference this year. I liked this exhortation to spur us on to read and sing the Psalms: “In many churches the Psalms are read or sung every Sunday,…

Augustine’s Question

Augustine asked God, ‘What am I to you that you command me to love you, and that, if I fail to love you, you are angry with me and threaten me with vast miseries?” (Quoted by Ray Ortlund, Proverbs, p…

The Gospel Romance

Those who have listened to my ‘Riding on the Clouds’ podcast will know that I’ve often referred to the writing of Raymond C. Ortlund Jnr. Mary and I also had the privilege of listening to and meeting Ray at a…

Consumed by distrust

“But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, ‘Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he is honouring your father? Has not David sent his servant to you to search the city and…

Christos – Messiah

I preached on 2 Samuel 23 today in which David describes himself in his last words as ‘the anointed of the God of Jacob’. The word translated ‘anointed’ (mashiyach – that is, messiah) was interesting to research. I commented in my…

The Lord is my Rock

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge…” The late Pastor-author Eugene Peterson has some typically delightful commentary on these words: “The single most characteristic thing about David…

Knowledge

The opening chapter of the book of Proverbs establishes the foundation of knowledge: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7). James Montgomery Boice has this note about knowledge in his…