Philosophy and Religion

In his magnum opus Á Brakel produces a book that can speak to cultures in which many are content to believe that God is an indulgent Father ever ready with a smile and wink at even the grossest of sins. Scripture teaches that there is a way that seems right to man, but in the […]

Augustine of Hippo, North Africa, to Proba (412 A.D.): “It is neither wrong nor unprofitable to spend much time in praying, if there be leisure for this without hindering other good and necessary works to which duty calls us, although even in the doing of these, as I have said, we ought by cherishing holy desire […]

The following quote gives some historical background to the loss of psalm singing amongst the Dutch Reformed.   The king’s arbitrary actions roused very little public dissent. Most clergy were happy to get paid regularly again and their parishioners welcomed the restoration of the national church, even if it was subject to closer government control. […]

Translated, Edited and Annotated and © by J.A. Wanliss & W.L. Bredenhof … We know from experience that singing has great strength and power to move and to set on fire the hearts of men in order that they may call upon God and praise Him with a more vehement and more ardent zeal. It […]

From the Westminster Larger Catechism   Q. 168. What is the Lord’s supper? A. The Lord’s supper is a sacrament of the New Testament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine according to the appointment of Jesus Christ, his death is showed forth; and they that worthily communicate feed upon his body and blood, […]

  Related Pages Introduction to the Christian Faith The Doctrines of Grace Worship Godly Living The Church A Godly Society Confessional Standards The Scottish Communion Season David Murray One of the major results of the Scottish Reformation was an intense carefulness in the administration of the Lord’s Supper. I will take you through the Scottish […]

What is the final frontier? Whenever I ask my Earth Science 101 students they answer that the final frontier is space. This is no doubt because they have been acculturated by the ubiquity and glamour of space exploration in the popular imagination. The Apollo program conceived in early 1960 during the Eisenhower administration ignited the […]

This little poem has been a helpful reminder to me about priorities in the short time I have on earth. Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life’s busy way; Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for […]

Flying Flowers

by james on March 11, 2015

in Philosophy and Religion

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17   A fleet of butterflies glide silently through my garden, miniature galleons sailing the breeze, looking for a place to set anchor. Like the busy bee, butterflies also act as pollinators, […]

Flying Flowers, part 2 (part 1 here)   And then suddenly, without warning, the caterpillar grows quiet and sluggish, mastered by some new urge. Surely it is not meditating on the meaning of life. Marshaling all its energy—the worm knows not why—it awaits some secret signal and then acts without hesitation, building an iridescent chrysalis […]