Psalm 1 describes the blessing of the person who does not “walk in the counsel of the wicked” but “delights in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Ps 1:1-2).And just like we want our kids to have all sorts of good things in life, we want them to have the spiritual blessing of knowing God’s word. But sometimes it’s hard work getting into the Bible and especially the Old Testament. Here’s a few ideas to get you started (or refreshed) with reading the Old Testament with your kids.
Continue reading “Reading the Old Testament: Reading with kids”
1 Peter 1:10-12 clearly tell us the value of our Old Testaments: “(the prophets) were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit…”But what can we do if we’re keen to get into it but find it hard in practice?
Continue reading “Reading the Old Testament: Orientation”
Many Christians believe in the value of prayer but not so much the effectiveness of prayer. We think it’s good to do, and good for us, but that it doesn’t make much of a difference to the future (since “God will do what he wants anyway”). And so we don’t pray.
But is that right? What if we’re getting it wrong? What if the Bible told us that prayer really was effective?
Continue reading “The Effectiveness of Prayer”
Coming home after work is a danger time for blokes. We’ve had a hard day dealing with stress, conflict and tension. All we want to do is relax. But our home can also be a place of stress, conflict and tension.
Here’s some things to think about and do before you open that door… Continue reading “Before you open that door…”
Last month I became aware from various people that Jordan Peterson is an interesting guy and worth reading and listening to. I was intrigued by the title of his book “12 Rules for Life” and had a read. Here’s a few thoughts… Continue reading “What to make of Jordan Peterson”
Here’s an illustrated Bible we’ve been using lately with our kids: The Action Bible. It’s basically the Bible illustrated in the style of superhero comics. If you’ve got kids of primary school age or early high school I’d recommend it. Here’s why: Continue reading “Make family Bible time easy”
Have you noticed how often people talk about how “history” will judge a particular person or society in regard to an issue? For example, a Sydney Morning Herald headline asks “How will history judge Kevin Rudd?” Continue reading “Who or what is our judge: history or God?”
Like most people I find evangelism hard. I’m nervous about what people will think of me, I’m pessimistic about how it will go and I’m not a quick thinker. I’ve realised I need all the help I can get.
Continue reading “Review: Honest Evangelism”
I’ve been reading Proverbs with my boys these last two months and we’ve finally made it to chapter 30, where we came to a simple but surprising prayer.
Continue reading “What to pray re: wealth”
The Bible Project is a website that produces beautiful videos about books of the Bible and theological words and themes. There’s a lot to like about their work but I have a few concerns especially about their doctrine of atonement.
Continue reading “Review of The Bible Project”