Category: General Principles

  • A Word(le) for Today: Canny

    A Word(le) for Today: Canny

    Today’s word is “canny” which was yesterday’s wordle answer. We are more familiar with the opposite word “uncanny” which describes something mysterious. “Canny” is used in Scotland to describe something nice but in common English it is an adjective more or less equivalent to the word “shrewd”. In Luke 16:1-15 Jesus tells a parable in […]

  • A Word(le) for Today

    A Word(le) for Today

    May 7th, ’22 The word(le) was “midst”. Sing, O daughter of Zion!Shout, O Israel!Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,O daughter of Jerusalem!15 The Lord has taken away your judgments,He has cast out your enemy.The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;You shall see disaster no more. 16 In that day it […]

  • A Word(le) for Today

    A Word(le) for Today

    I have been doing a small devotional with my family based on the Wordle answer for the day before. I am reproducing it here so others can benefit also. Yesterday’s word(le) was “badge”. A badge is something you wear in a prominent place to show that you support the thing the badge stands for. A […]

  • Peace & Division

    Peace & Division

    For He is our peace who made the two one and the middle wall of partition destroyed the enmity in His flesh the law of commandments in dogmas He abolished so that he might make the two in Him into one new man making peace and he reconciled the two in one body by God […]

  • A Short Devotion

    A Short Devotion

    When Nora invited me to bring “a short devotion” to the meeting tonight I thought I had better know what that means. Actually the word “short” is very inexact and to an analytical mind like mine that could mean anything. For instance, it is a short distance from here to the Moon in comparison to […]

  • Life Questions

    Life Questions

    Someone I love had some good questions recently: Life’s not free, why do Christians say it is free when it is not? You have to work to live. I answered by saying that this life is not free in the sense she meant but that eternal life is free. If she died tomorrow morning or […]

  • On being asked to speak

    On being asked to speak

    The last time I got asked to speak it turned out that the only reason I was asked was because I had given the recipients enough money to buy food for the congregation. When I asked them if they would have come if there was no food the answer was a simple “no”. Apart from […]

  • Transition Well

    Transition Well

    The step from this world to the next is a transition from a place of limitation to a place of excessive freedom. It is from a place where weariness and pain are part and parcel of people’s lives to a place where such things are unknown. The transition can be sudden or drawn out: In […]

  • Tree of Life International Ministry School

    Tree of Life International Ministry School

    As a couple, Olive and I have been coming into a period of grace and overflow. There is a lot to be said for loving others because you have an overflow in your own lives. Loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength causes the springs of love, peace, joy, patience, goodness, kindness, […]

  • Disputable Matters

    Disputable Matters

    Olive and I are following Nicky Gumbel’s excellent Bible in One Year reading plan. This morning’s NT reading was Romans 14. When it comes to disputable (but important) matters there is no better guidance than that given in this chapter about how Christians should deal with them. Paul takes two important topics (vegetarianism and holy […]