Category Archives: reflections


My friend, Dr. Robert J. Dean, has just published a wonderful collection of sermons. He invited me to contribute a blog post interacting with one of them. You can read my post here: Advertisements

Posted in book reviews, preaching, reflections | Tagged , , , , , ,

The Cross and God’s Love

  The cross of Christ did not change God’s heart toward us; it revealed God’s heart toward us. Agree or disagree?   Some verses to consider: John 3:16-17: “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and … Continue reading

Posted in Random Thoughts, reflections, Theology | Tagged , , , ,

Some Mother’s Day reflections

God’s Family Today is mother’s day. And so today we celebrate our mothers, our wives, our sisters, and our daughters. We pause to thank God for them and show our love and gratitude for them. Today is about mothers; but … Continue reading

Posted in reflections, Sermons | Tagged , ,

Some thoughts on ‘original sin’ – is this ancient Christian teaching still helpful today?

G. K. Chesterton once wrote that, of all the Christian doctrines, original sin is the most obvious and perhaps the only doctrine that is empirically verifiable in all of human history. I think he’s right. However, certain aspects of original … Continue reading

Posted in reflections, Science and Christian Faith, Theology, Theology and Culture | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

What is a human being?

I’ve been reading a book by the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre entitled God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition. As always, MacIntyre is thought-provoking, historically aware, philosophically sophisticated and theologically suggestive. There’s a nice little quotable line … Continue reading

Posted in quotes, reflections, religion, Science and Christian Faith | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Explaining Spirit baptism, the charismatic, the miraculous, and the mystical

My friend Andrew Gabriel recently published an excellent article on Spirit Baptism in the Journal Pneuma. He explains the experience with the metaphor of intensification. Spirit Baptism is a particular experience of the intensification of the presence and power of … Continue reading

Posted in reading, reflections, religion, Science and Christian Faith, Spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Where you start determines where you go . . . and something else.

A thought occurred to me yesterday as I was walking from my office to the student centre at Providence to have lunch (funny how ‘revelations’ often hit us during ordinary or even mundane activities – walking, taking a shower, etc.!) … Continue reading

Posted in culture, ethics, hermeneutics, missional, reflections, The Bible | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Valentine Reflections on Love, part 2

God is guiding your marriage. Marriage is more than your love for each other. It has a higher dignity and power, for it is God’s holy ordinance, through which he wills to perpetuate the human race till the end of … Continue reading

Posted in reflections | Tagged , ,

Valentine’s Reflections on Love, part 1

They say that “love makes the world go ’round.” Ah, yes, but what is love anyway? I think most of us in North American culture get things backwards when we think about the meaning of love. We are an individualistic, … Continue reading

Posted in reflections | Tagged , ,