Dress Yourself for Work
July 13, 2021
H - "'But you [Jeremiah], dress yourself for work. Arise and say to [Judah] everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land...
The Rights and Duties of the Kingship
May 8, 2021
1 Samuel 9-10
H - "Then Samuel told the people the rights and duties of the kingship, and he wrote them in a book and laid it up before Yahweh." - 1 Samuel 10:25E - Samuel has just anointed Saul as Israel's first king. The nation is now gathered at Mizpah, and Saul is recognised as king b...
March 23, 2021
Living as a Christian in Our Brave New World
Aldous Huxley published his dystopian novel Brave New World in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression and just before Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany. As Neal Postman pointed out in Amusing Ourselves Ourselves to Death (1985), Huxley’s novel differs significantl...
Is There Life on Other Planets? A Review of C. S. Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet
November 16, 2020
In C. S. Lewis’s Out of the Silent Planet (1938), the main character, Ransom, a philologist, is drugged and kidnapped by Devine, an old schoolmate, and Weston, a great physicist, and transported in a spaceship from Earth to Malacandra, which we later learn is Mars. Once ar...
Averil on Homeschooling and Socialization
August 19, 2019
A representative from New Zealand's education department expressed concern that our six-year old, Abraham, would be improperly socialized as a homeschooler. Averil's response was great: We definitely agree that social interaction with a range of people is important. May I sh...
Israel Folau's Freedom of Conscience and Expression
June 28, 2019
The Otago Daily Times editorial on Israel Folau is puzzling in a nation and city that prides itself on democracy, liberalism, and tolerance. Foundational principles of the Western civil experiment of which Australia and New Zealand are a part include individual freedom ...
Response to John Piper's Article about President Trump, "How to Live Under an Unqualified President"
September 29, 2017
John Piper’s article, “How to Live under an Unqualified President” (January 20, 2017) was sent to me this week by a friend here in New Zealand. He wanted to know my opinion about it. Here's what I wrote: I have three thoughts. First, I think American believers sh...
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