Showing posts from November, 2012

What are we here for? - Questions we would like to ask God

One of my series of magazine articles following a survey to find out what questions our congregations would like to ask God.


What are we here for?
We've reached number seven on our top ten questions for God. This was the very philosophical question about our purpose in life: What are we here for? Without an answer, life becomes meaningless, which is what many people feel today. Perhaps this explains why so many people now seem to be living ruthlessly for their own pleasure and enjoyment. As Paul, quoting Isaiah, says in 1 Corinthians 15:32 “If the dead are not raised, 'Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die'” (NIV).
Of course, like Paul, Christians believe both that Jesus was raised and that the dead will be raised and this gives us a better alternative. The Bible teaches us that we were made by God to glorify him. So, for example, Isaiah writes “I will say to the north,`Give them up!' and to the south,`Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and…

Review: A Faith to Live By by Donald Macleod

As part of my quiet times this year I decided to read some basic systematic theology books. Most of the time I systematically study Bible books, but this can mean that I lose the picture of what the Bible as a whole says about a particular theme, which is the value of systematic theology. One book that has been on my reading list for quite a while is A Faith to Live By by Donald Macleod who was the Principal of the Free Church College. It's published by Christian Focus and was recommended when I was doing the Cornhill Training Course. Two features make it stand out from the crowd. First it may be described as 'theology on fire,' by which I mean that this is no dry and academic theology. The content is theologically excellent, biblically faithful and very stimulating, but it is applied to the Christian life (as the title suggests). As quiet time material, this made it excellent. Secondly, Macleod's writing is superb. I think most of the book is actually trans…

Northern Souls is Back

I decided to take a brief break from blogging, but Northern Souls is back, with my takes on the Christian life, ministry, the church and the Church of England. I want to be a better writer. I hope this helps.