John Newton’s most (not) famous hymn, frowning providence and my sin

Just came back from young adults bible study, where among other things Joe pointed out that one of the reasons God brings trials into our life is to reveal our sins, so that we might put our trust in God, and grow in faith and love and purity. I needed this reminder several times over […]

On nursery walls and foundations

  I write this as I take a break from redoing the walls of our baby room. And as I write this, Cheryl is busy planning her hospital bag, and Baby is tickling her from the inside. When I was young, to my shame I paid little attention during most of my dad’s attempts to include […]

Why should we expect to emerge unscathed?

I read this quote the other day: “Marriage, see, was God’s idea. It’s one of the most potent metaphors in all of Scripture for the way God loves us and the way we’re to let ourselves be loved by him. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. To the contrary, it’s fraught with peril. Any good […]

Impact session 12: Ken Ramey – Set apart for the Master’s use

Disclaimer: If you’ll forgive the incomplete sentences, these are my hastily scribbled notes from Impact conference 2010. As always with notes, an exactly accurate representation of the sermon isn’t always possible, so this may not summarise his entire message perfectly. I think the full sermons will be available eventually from Riverbend Bible Church, where the […]

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