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…

Last Words

“Now these are the last words of David…” (2 Samuel 23:1). A Major’s Last Letter Home As I have reflected upon the theme of ‘last words’ today, I have come across the famous letter of Major Sullivan Ballou. I’m not…

The inner garden

“Supposing him to be the gardener…” (John 20:15). Gordon MacDonald has a chapter entitled ‘Order in the Garden’ in his book ‘Ordering Your Private World’. I have often found his image of the garden very helpful and have found it…

Press on!

“Let us also lay aside every weight…” (Hebrews 12:1) The letter to the Hebrews was written to the early church believers during a time of some pretty intense pressure. It was not easy to maintain faith in their hostile world.…

Sure Hope

Today is Anzac Day 2022 – 25th April is always a significant day for Australians as we remember those who have served our country – a remembrance that has been held ever since the devastating landing at Gallipoli in 2015. It…

Gospel detonated

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15). ‘You’re not crazy!’ is the name of a podcast on The Gospel Coalition site which Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry…

Descended to the Dead

I wrote last week about the line in the Apostles’ Creed: ‘Descended to the dead’ (or hell). I’ve since read an article on The Gospel Coalition site by Matt Emerson about the debate. Like I did, Emerson also refers to…