I enjoy the writing I do for various Christian publications. As each deadline approaches I pray that I’ll be given something worthwhile to say, which will in some way give glory to God.
If the controversial issues that have periodically confronted past Christian Reformed Church synods were missing this year, that’s not to say that the week-long June gathering was strictly routine. Meeting from June 9-15 at Trinity Christian College, southwest of Chicago, Synod approved two major church-structural changes.
Reading of Gideon, the biblical judge (Judges 6-9), is inspiring because of his faithful obedience to God at a time of repeated, gross idolatry in Israel. At the same time Gideon had serious flaws.
As part of our daily devotions my husband, Ed, and I use a small book called Prayers Ancient and Modern.
We are four weeks into the season of Lent, with Easter a few weeks away. Depending on what church you go to, that may or may not mean much to you.
These days, in an electronically inter-connected but dangerous world moving at break-neck speed, my yearning for solitude, for peace, has not waned.
I don’t normally discuss politics here, but after reading some articles in CC responding to my country’s Presidential election, I judged that it would be helpful for Canadians to hear an American perspective.
Music has a peculiar God-invested power to move us emotionally and spiritually. It aids us in lauding our God; in rejoicing in our salvation and all God’s other gifts; in celebrating our own milestones and achievements; in musing about life and truth; in grieving and lamenting loved ones and loss – and all of that the more so when combined with texts that proclaim biblical truth. No doubt that’s why the music of Christmas so draws us in.
Music has mysterious power to move us, the more so when paired with texts that speak of and to God’s truth. I’ve been having encounters with such a piece: Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah.
The prophet Habukkuk boldly questions God: “How long, O LORD, must I cry for help but you do not listen?”
We were not blessed with children. In their absence we began to realize that our love of cats should turn into a kind of calling, and we should care for as many homeless, needy cats as we reasonably could.
Recently as my husband Ed and I were reading the Bible, we read Paul’s assertion that “everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established” (Rom. 13:1).