Praying from the Lord’s Prayer

In general, I find that we Christians are 1) quick to recognize that we are weak in prayer and 2) glad to learn more about prayer. We know quite well that prayer is incredibly important for our personal lives, but just how exactly do we go about conversation with the God of the universe? On the one hand, we feel the challenge of 1 Thessalonians 5:17: “pray without ceasing.” On the other hand, we receive the comfort offered by Romans 8:26: “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, Continue reading Praying from the Lord’s Prayer

Memorizing God’s Word

Psalm 1:3 says that the person who meditates on God’s teaching is “like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither” (ESV). One of the best things that I have ever done is to memorize an entire book of the Bible. It was the spring of 2010 and I was mowing the lawns of Capernwray Harbour, a Bible school in British Columbia. I chose 1 John, because the book is short and because I found it compelling. Every day I would memorize five verses. During the day, while Continue reading Memorizing God’s Word

2020 and the Coronavirus through the Eyes of Joel the Prophet

There is a sense in which the global pandemic has been good for us. Anything that can open our eyes to realities hidden or ignored must be reckoned as beneficial. Isn’t it true that we learned an important lesson in 2020? Like the Egyptians of old, mighty among the ancient nations, we have discovered that our scientific acumen and technological might is but small before the living God.1 We, like Pharaoh, might have continued to reckon ourselves gods over creation if not for a good slap on the face. Ten terrifying plagues brought mighty Egypt to its knees. One minuscule Continue reading 2020 and the Coronavirus through the Eyes of Joel the Prophet