Monday, 14 January 2013

Crimes ‘gainst the King

 

A beautiful garden, a tranquil delight,
a haven, a house and a home.
Rocks dripping honey and rivers of milk,
fountains of fruit flowing forth.

Twas here that a King walked and talked
with his friends- his people, his citizens and folk.
Down the sweet lanes and beside the green meadows
a Monarch and his nation did dwell.

But, swollen with pleasure, each ego did grow
and tempted with empire of own,
the devious sower a seed of dissent
placed in heart and in mind and in eye.

Forgetting their liege and his grace and his favour,
and the law of treason and crimes ‘gainst the King,
the people bore arms and fought for the victory,
seeking freedom from deemed tyranny.

Their hope was ill founded and their cause a delusion:
they strove without knowledge or brains.
For the sower was twisted and led to disaster
his blind flock with the vilest glee.

They looked in their mirth at the land they had stole,
and with joy cried ‘Safety’ and ‘Peace’.
‘This civilisation,’ they proclaim, ‘is firm and safe, to be true.’
A great mistake, these fools are deluded:

One Kingdom only shall remain,
and it is unlike any other earthly domain.
Its King is eternal and glorious above,
and first in His Court: a great message of love.

For this King sent his son- His Prince and delight-
to pay the great penalty his enemies did owe.
Their treachery is forgiven and their debt He repaid
at the cost of his firstborn their sin was assuaged.

Yet still some choose to fight,
and a bitter war they do rage.
Until, beaten and guilty, they find the gates slammed firm shut,
and lament their decisions and fear the dark grave.

Monday, 24 December 2012

An Amen to Christmas


   If you are reading this post, then, like me, you are a lucky survivor of The End of the World 2012. Having lived through the Mayan’s end-times, it is easy to become arrogant and cannibalistic- after all, we still have our physical bodies and aren’t floating around in an ethereal ‘higher plane of existence’ (nice though that might have been).

  The Mayan Civilisation may have discovered an awful lot of things by looking to the stars, but the final trumpet call of this world was not one of them. The Bible, on the other hand, tells us that no man can know the when or how of the end-world scenario. Unlike atheists or many scientists, who view the end of the world as a cosmic disaster -the failure of human endeavour- Christians eagerly await the day when their Saviour and Lord will return, bodily, to this world. Culture may preach an apocalyptic finale when all good and kindness and ingenuity is wiped out to give way to a desolate wasteland. God, however, promises a new creation- physical, with all the senses: touching, hearing, smelling, tasting, seeing and thinking. And rather than all good being destroyed, all evil shall be utterly destroyed. Suffering will end, injustice will end, hatred will end.

  The book of Revelation (the final book of the Bible) gives us many clues or hints about the end of this world and the start of the next. The grand plan, however, God has rightfully kept to himself.

Why hasn’t he come already? Because he is a God of compassion- he allows us each time to turn to him for forgiveness.

Why do we need forgiveness? Because if God is making a new creation which has no injustice or wrongdoing, then we don’t have a place in it. We each have failed God’s perfect standard, and without his forgiveness and remedy, we cannot expect to join him in Heaven.

  How can we be forgiven? Only through the sacrifice God made on our behalf. Jesus Christ- the son of God and also God himself- freely came to earth, humbling himself by becoming a baby boy in a manger. He grew up with the singular purpose of dying in a wicked and horrific manner to pay the penalty we deserve for our sins against the King.

  As a Christian, I celebrate Christmas because it is a reminder of my God sacrificing the splendours of Heaven to come down to the grit and dirt of earth to be born, live and die on my behalf.

1. Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love's sake becamest poor;
Thrones for a manger didst surrender,
Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love's sake becomes poor.

2. Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love's sake becamest man;
Stooping so low, but sinners raising
Heavenwards by thine eternal plan.
Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love's sake becamest man.

3. Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.
Emmanuel, within us dwelling,
Make us what thou wouldst have us be.
Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.

But, praise God, my Saviour is no longer dead- oh no.

How can death contain the very creator of Life itself?

Answer: it cannot. Jesus broke the shackles of the grave and rose from the dead.

What an amazing thing to be able to write! Our Saviour lives! He doesn’t rot in a tomb in Israel, he lives and reigns by his Father’s side. Not only that, but we are promised that he will return to us.

   In Revelation, Jesus Christ is described as The Amen. Amen roughly means let it be so. Why- you ask- should Jesus be called ‘The Amen’? Here is your answer…

Because of Jesus’ death our sins have been defeated once and for all- Amen! Let it be so!  

Because of Jesus’ resurrection we can also be promised a resurrection from death and an eternal home with him - Amen! Let it be so!

Because of Jesus’ promised return we can live knowing that nothing can destroy us or separate us from his love for us- Amen! Let it be so!

 

  I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and that you can join me in saying a loud “Amen!” to the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord!

Monday, 10 December 2012

FaTo: Finding a Home III


  Forming a Theology around the purchase of a house.
  The Series thus far:

1. Should a Christian buy a house?

2. Buying or Renting- which is biblically correct? 

2. (Appendix) OT law regarding property sales

  Today’s post looks at the important issue of location- where should we live? This question is tied up with another crucial consideration- how should a Christian use their home? In order to  better understand the first, I have started with the later query.

3. How should a Christian use their home?

“An Englishman’s home is his castle.” Anon.

  “A Christian’s home is a drop-in centre.” Me.

 

a. Shelter. We should never ignore the obvious, after all, it is obvious for a reason. What is the definition of a house?

House, n., /Hous/
a  place for human habitation.

Of course, the primary purpose of a house is for shelter and protection from the harsh environment outside. I don’t think anyone will contend that statement- in case you were thinking of doing so however I shall remind you of one of the Lord Jesus’ parables:

    “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
(Matthew 7:24-27 ESV)

Jesus obviously thought that a house was to be used as protection against the winds and floods and rains we experience in our localised climates. Enough said on that topic, I think.

b. Church. A home is a precious resource, which can be harnessed for supporting your church fellowship. In Acts chapter 12 and verse 12 we find Mary holding prayer meetings in her home (Through the prayers of those saints, the Lord freed Peter from prison). Aquila and Priscilla are great examples of NT believers who regularly opened their home up for church meetings. Perhaps youth meetings or particular bible studies are in need of a venue? Perhaps something needs storing? I’m sure your church could use your home somehow! 

c. Support workers. Homes are also places to provide rest and support for traveling evangelists, speakers and missionaries. Martha opened up her home to the Lord Jesus. In Acts 21, Philip (himself an evangelist) provided a pit-stop for Paul and his companions. In 3 John, the apostle writes to Gaius, who, it seems, allowed many preachers to stop off and recuperate in his home.

d. Hospitality. Connected with point c., hospitality is a major theme in the life of NT Christians. In fact, we are told that Christians will be particularly noticed by their love one for another. From personal experience, I know what a blessing it is to be invited out to a fellow believers home for a spot of Sunday lunch or dinner. It is especially beneficial to spend time in the homes of believers who have different family situations than yourself. As a young unmarried Christian, I find it a great joy to spend time with Christian parents and their families, or elder more experienced brothers and sisters. Romans chapter 12 verse 13 says “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” Other examples can be found in Matthew 25 verse 35, Hebrews 13 verse 2, 1 Peter 4 verses 9 to 10, 1 Timothy 3 verse 2 and Titus 1 verse 8.

e. Family. A home should be a godly environment for the upbringing of children. Paul gives some advice to Timothy regarding the selection of elders and deacons, he says that both must have households honouring to God, where the children respect their parents. A child’s home is the place where he or she should learn about the Lord Jesus- both through scriptural teaching and worship, but also through the example of his earthly Father.

f. God’s Glory. Ultimately of course, every house must be used for the glory of the Lord God- as appose to the men at Babel, who built a great tower for their own praise and renown.  A home is a wonderful gift and must be treated with thanksgiving and praise to the gift-giver. I hope that points a through e all have Jesus’ glory at their heart.


4. Location, Location, Location: Biblical Principles for locating your home.

“Home is where the heart is.”

a. Get your priorities right. Wherever we finally settle down, we must remember that this is not our ultimate home. If home is where the heart is, then our hearts must be firmly fixed in Heaven! As we mentioned in an earlier post, we are merely ‘wanderers’ awaiting our home in heaven.  C.S. Lewis famously said:

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

Likewise, no home here on earth will bring us ultimate satisfaction. Whether in the run-down housing estate, or in a luxurious mansion, nowhere can bring satisfaction without Jesus Christ. 

b. Be prepared to move. It may be that God has other plans for you that involve upping sticks and heading into the unknown. Of course, as the next point suggests, perhaps you can best serve God exactly where you are. But don’t get too attached, okay? Examples of people who stuck around for some time, but then moved on, include Priscilla and Aquila, Timothy and Titus and even Paul (who stayed a  number of years in Antioch and Ephesus).

c. Serve a local Church. Church is where believers gather and encourage one another. If you live many miles away from your church then you cannot, in truth, support the work and people there. Remember our earlier suggestions regarding hospitality (specifically amongst your church) and using your home for church events.

d. Witness to unbelievers. God uses the lives and words of believers to touch the hearts of others. Moving to a new home is a great opportunity to get involved with your neighbours- throw barbeques and meals, share gardening tips, support local initiatives and fetes. These ideas are not stand-alone evangelistic things, rather they should be used to develop friendships and to show the love of Jesus Christ and thus providing opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ. If- like me- you are not the social type, then make neighbourhood friendships a real point for prayer! The passion and zeal shown by a family at my church has really challenged me- they were one of the first buyers in a large new development, and have shared their love of Jesus Christ with many of the new households springing up there. Now they are even now running one-to-one bible studies in their home. But none of this is possible if we live in a deserted area miles from other humans!

e. Fulfil other Commitments.  If the location of your new home causes you to be late to work, or to lose contact with family and friends who rely on you, then I suggest that you may have a problem. Colossians 3 tells us that ‘whatever [we] do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.’  It brings no glory to God if we are repeatedly late for work. It sounds obvious, but we must locate our house in a place which is thoroughly practical and doesn’t cause us to fail in our numerous commitments  towards others.

 

I hope that wherever you prayerfully decide to live, you will be able to serve the Lord wholeheartedly, remembering that the Lord Jesus Christ has granted you a joint inheritance with himself in Heaven.

Talking about Abel, Enoch, Noah and Abraham, Hebews 11 says this…

   “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.”

(Hebrews 11:13-16 ESV)

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

FaTo: Finding a Home II (Appendix)

 
  In my earlier post FaTo: Finding a Home II, I spoke about how we should always be wise in our use of the money which the Lord has lent to us. I decided to enclose the below thoughts separately as they are not central to the issue which was at hand. 


  The Old Testament offers a quite interesting development on our discussion about renting property. The civic laws given to the nation of Israel in the book of Leviticus are not entirely quiet on the subject:

  Simply put, the law said that land could not (for all intents and purposes) be sold- only rented- and every 50 years (on the year of Jubilee) it would return to its original owner.

   This law would have meant that, although one generation might come into some financial trouble, no family could be sent spiralling into poverty. Even if money and flocks and possessions had been bartered away, after 50 years the family would receive their land back and thus could continue to make a living. Unfortunately, the Israelites failed to keep the Jubilee year and, in the whole history of Ancient Israel, it only took place once. 

  I hasten to point out that this law only applied to land outside of city walls, i.e. agricultural land. Houses and buildings inside of a city would not provide the means to sustain a poor family, therefore there was no need for the law to protect the sale of it. Likewise, in the 21st century few people make a living ‘off of the land’ and therefore there is not need for such a law to stop the sale of land. It is also worth pointing out that the land owners in Biblical Israel would probably only have ‘leased’ their land away when they were in desperate need of cash (and this law stopped them from fully selling the land, thus protecting future generations from losing their inheritance) whereas modern day landlords are overwhelmingly better off than most of their tenants and are not in the midst of financial woe.

  I take the following principle away from this particular levitical law (although I don’t claim to have the definitive answer):

   In all activities surrounding the sale of property, efforts must be undertaken to ensure that no family or individual will make a dramatic loss which may lead to significant long-term financial difficulty.

  In practical terms, the above principle actually has quite a big effect. I know of one Christian family who decided to sell their property to someone whose life was in some turmoil out of the desire to offer some help, even when another offer looked like it might be completed quicker and easier. Perhaps if we do need to rent or buy a property, we should be looking for a vendor who could really do with the benefit, rather than rushing to buy from a property developer or big-shot? Again, this requires prayer. I also think that this principle resonates amongst the many people stuck with negative-equity at that moment. How can we ease their burden when looking for a house?

Whatever our individual circumstances, we should try to alleviate the financial burdens and worry of our landlords or vendors and act with the love that Christ shows us. 

FaTo: Finding a Home II

 
  In our earlier post, we discussed the biblical precedent and principles surrounding the question ‘Should a Christian buy a house?’. This time I would like to further examine the subject of buying versus renting.  I realise that this is a highly topical issue and perhaps not suited for everyone, however I think that many of the biblical ideas can be extrapolated for use in other situations.

2. Buying or Renting: which is biblically correct?

    It isn’t immediately obvious where in the bible we can find argument for or against buying/renting a property. However one theme which is no short supply, especially in the gospels, is the issue of money. Many evangelicals like to talk about Good Stewardship. For a long time I have accepted the idea that Christians should take care of the money in their possession, and try to avoid unnecessary waste, however this study has enabled me to actually examine the biblical call for such stewardship.

   Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
(James 1:17 ESV)

  Seeing the reference above - and similar ones to be found in Job 1 verse 21 and Ecclesiastes 5 verse 19 - we understand that our cash flow comes directly from the hand of God. Any money we posses is only ours through the generosity of God. 1 Timothy 6 verses 17 to 19 explains how a person’s wealth should be used:

    As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share…

  Jesus himself talked about being ‘good stewards’ of our finances as an illustration to picture the bigger truth that we need to be ‘good stewards’ of the gospel message (see Matthew 25).

  But you might be asking the question , ‘What relevance does ‘good stewardship’ have to do with buying or renting a house?’. I’m glad you asked. Good question. We must each decide, in our own situations, what good stewardship looks like. Here are two examples:

  a. Perhaps I am a potential student, wanting to go to a distant university. It probably isn’t going to help my already stretched finances to purchase a house near the uni, only to sell it for less money 3 years later when I leave. Temporarily renting a property is the obvious solution.

b. I might  be a someone employed full-time in Coventry, as well as being a member of a church there, and yet living with parents 50 miles away. If I had spent time in prayer and am convinced that Coventry is where I can best serve the Lord then it would make sense to purchase a house in the vicinity- not only would I save on travelling expenses, but it is likely that over the long-term my financial situation would be greatly enhanced by spending on a mortgage as oppose to paying rent.   

   Of course, in practice this principle of ‘Good Stewardship’ is applied by the world at large. After all, who doesn’t want to preserve their monetary resources?! However, as Christians with an eternal perspective, we mustn’t base our decisions on the desire to grasp at material gain. 1 Timothy 6 reminds us that ‘we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.’ Therefore it cannot be prudent to place a Messianic expectation on money (as do lottery players). The pursuit of money, by definition, cannot be the aim of our lives because, at the end of our lives, we will lose it all anyway.

  Although the New Testament places some emphasis on being wise stewards of the money God has given us, it places much much greater emphasis on the hazard or misuse of money. In fact, Jesus goes as far as to say that money is the root of all evils. We must ensure therefore that our decision making is in line with what God wants for us. We must be prayerful about the issue of buying or renting a property because the best financial decision might not always be the best decision for our spiritual lives and relationship with the Lord.

In conclusion, I haven’t really answer the question! Ultimately, the bible offers no concrete answer to buying or renting a house. However, we should prayerfully examine our own situations to discover which option offers the wisest use of our money, without exposing us to temptation or a love of cash.

Please see FaTo: Finding a Home Appendix A (to follow) for a further discussion on the OT laws regarding land, and good principles for dealing with vendors/agents. 

Friday, 23 November 2012

FaTo: Finding a Home

  
   When one reaches a certain age, the dream of having a house of one’s own gets larger and much more real. The black and white images hidden away in the storerooms of the mind start to gain some colour and become more insistent. Each week I search through the local paper property section looking out for the perfect new home (with shed, garage, garden, games room etc. and yet still small enough not to have to clean very often!) and at the  absolute bottom price!

  It is easy to get carried away: what exactly am I looking for? Somewhere quiet and undisturbed? Well away from the main body of neighbours? Or somewhere in the middle of all the action and bustle? Do I need a spare room? What if I have guests? Where will I entertain? Is the sink big enough for 2 people to do the washing up simultaneously? Is there room for my pine pew and folding pool table?

  Realising that, in the excitement of the chase, I can easily lose sight of the larger picture (the eternal perspective which comes from studying God’s word, careful prayer and praise), I decided to spend some time studying what exactly the Bible says about finding a new house or home.

  In this post I will deal with point number 1. 

1. Should a Christian buy a House?

It seemed a good idea to start with the basics- is it right for a Christian to be looking to buy a house anyway?

a. Having posed the question, my mind instantly jumped to Hebrews and chapter 11.

    “By faith he [Abraham] went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.”
(Hebrews 11:9-10 ESV)
 

  “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.”
(Hebrews 11:13-16 ESV)

  You might think me a nit-picker, but the bible certainly says that we should ‘desire a better country’ (for these purposes is it fair to change country for house?). Abraham lived for his death. He lived because he knew that one day he would be arriving at his final destination: a Heaven occupied by the Lord himself. Abraham was described as an exile on earth- and yet he lived here for 175 years- Surely that makes us all exiles too?! According to the scriptures… yes. If we are living for Christ Jesus, then this world is only a waiting area really. Is it not logical to assume, therefore, that we shouldn’t be busy putting down roots here? After all, Hebrews 11 suggests that if we live as strangers then we make it really obvious to everyone else that we are eagerly waiting for our final home in Heaven.

b. Physical security can lead to a significant loss of trust in the Lord. See the Laodicean Church below:

   “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.””
(Revelation 3:15-17 ESV)

c. One obvious example of a NT character who focused on the ‘here and now’ too much is Martha. The Lord Jesus kindly reminded her that physical requirements, and housekeeping in particular, should not take the main place in our lives. Luke chapter 10 verses 38 to 42. (Another example of someone who put their house/property and ease before their own sinful condition was the famer in Luke 10:13-21. He pulled down his old barns and built much bigger ones so that he could retire in style. However he had failed to consider the eternal perspective.)

d. But hang on- you might say- Martha may have got her priorities the wrong away around, but the Lord did not rebuke her for owning a house, or even for having housekeeping as a priority. And surely the command in Romans chapter 12 and verse 13, ‘Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.’, cannot be fulfilled unless we have a home to be hospitable in!

e. Another fairly convincing argument for owning a house is presented throughout the accounts and letters amongst the early church. Homes belonging to Aquila and Priscilla (both in Rome and Corinth), Philemon, James and Titius Justus were all used to host the church. In fact, being situated next door to the local synagogue, Titius Justus’ home proved to be a fantastic spring board for Jew-based evangelism!

f. I think the final (and the clinching) point in favour is this: numerous NT Christians owned houses. I started a list… and then eventually stopped because it was proving quite long! Examples include: Acts 10:30, 12:12, 16:32, 18:7, 21:8, 21:16, 28:14, Romans 16:3-5, Philippians 4:21 (?), Philemon 2.

To be continued…

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Biblical Wonders and Blistering Wigwams


“…but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”

Jeremiah chapter 9 verse 24


   With Wonders and Wigwams rapidly approaching its third anniversary, I think I can be forgiven for displaying some signs of nostalgia.

   It was November 2009 that I hesitantly took a step on-board the virtual word-world which is the blogosphere. With the airwaves of this planet so abuzz with conflicting ideas and opinions, what difference, I asked myself, should mine make? Anyone who knows me will not hesitate to confidently answer ‘None.’ It has been a sure and steadfast joy in my life, however, to be able to come to the immovable rock who’s opinions really do matter.

   You know who I mean of course. The Lord Jesus Christ is an anchor in the storm of life. It is only in His Word- the Bible- that we can find truth and surety. Doubt me, doubt Wonders and Wigwams, but trust in the Word of God- it cannot fail.

   With this in mind, it has always been my prayerful ambition to explain this magnificent creation in the revealing light of the Lord’s fantastically insightful scriptures: to remind you of the biblical wonders of God while we wait in these earthly wigwams, until the day when we leave them behind for ever!

 

To mark this monumental occasion, I have chosen some of my best, most favourite posts of all time for your pleasure…

 

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Here are a few special blog series, which I have particularly enjoyed writing, and I hope you have enjoyed reading…

(Please note when following the links below: Each series is displayed with the last post first).

 

Creation’s Cache-

We can learn much about an artist by examining his finished work; did he choose canvas or board? Oil or watercolours? Is it landscape or portrait? Happy or sad? Likewise, we can learn so much about our God by examining his wonderful creation. Over 10 posts, this series helps us see some of the treats in ‘Creation’s Cache’.

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Heavenly-

What better to study than our eternal home? 6 posts can hardly scratch the surface of the vast hugeness which is Heaven! Based on my own study of this encouraging topic, these posts, although feeble, hopefully can get you searching the scriptures to see if my idea of Heaven is sensible (or not!).

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The Joys of Christ-

A few years ago I had the privilege of hearing some young Christian people teaching through some of the joys of belonging to Jesus Christ. I was greatly encouraged and blessed by their biblical reasoning and decided to pass on some of their wisdom to you! Thanks guys!

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Each year has bought new challenges and new lessons. Here are some of my favourite posts, one from 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012…

 

Top 2012 Post-

Get Up! Shake Yourself! Act!

This title is taken from the words of William Booth of the Salvation Army. It is a reminder- hopefully a stern one!- that if you are a Christian, then you have a vital message of life to share. Don’t keep it to yourself.

Top 2011 Post-

“Tea and cake, please.”

A blog about tea and cake- who can’t enjoy it?! But, more to the point, what do we really delight in? The Bible describes itself as sweet honey from the honeycomb. Is that how you regard Deuteronomy or Psalms?

Top 2010 Post-

Grace in Nature: A very real lesson on Grace 

Jonathan Edwards believed that all of creation reveals something about God. Perhaps the illustration of a dying pigeon is too much? God’s Grace is displayed everywhere…

Top 2009 Post-

Traveling with Aquilla and Priscilla

I love reading about Paul’s many friends and companions. Here is the story of a delightful couple who were housemates with the apostle.

 

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‘A Book for You’ - a.k.a. ‘abk4u’ - is an on-going series of posts aimed at marketing some fantastic Christian books from which I have particularly benefited. Any regular ‘Wigwam’ readers (anyone..?) will know that I love the work of C.S. Lewis. Here are some reviews I have written about him…

 

abk4u: a Jack of all Trades

C.S. Lewis, known as ‘Jack’ to his friends, was a fascinating character. Did his career peak during the Narnia years? Or did he write other books of equal renown? Whatever answer you choose, he has shaped much of my understanding about biblical joy. I hope you find his work a blessing too.

 

abk4u: The Screwtape Letters

One of my favourite books of all time. Wow.

 

And finally, some of the more stranger posts…

 

A King, a Revolutionary, a Murder and a Mystery revealed…

      -the gospel using hats

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Mice and Custard

     -an epic tale of a mouse and a (relatively speaking) oversized biscuit

 

My sincere prayer is that each post, although fallible, may be used to the glory of God and for your benefit.

Happy Third Anniversary!

Thanks for reading Wonders & Wigwams!