Marching in Spring?

“In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle…” (2 Samuel 11:1, ESV). The opening of 2 Samuel 11 looks simple enough in most English translations, but a closer look at the Hebrew reveals some…

The Archbishop-elected!

On this date, 6th May, one year ago I was sitting in the final gathering of our Sydney Anglican Election Synod as our Archbishop-elect, Kanishka Raffel, shared these words of the apostle Paul from 1 Corinthians 3:5-9:  “What then is…

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…