December 11, 2019
dark storm clouds

I Will Go in the Strength of the Lord

Robert Blair (1593–1666) was a notable Scottish minister in the first half of the seventeenth century. Blair was born in Irvine, in 1593 and was brought up under the ministry of David Dickson in the town. He studied in the University of Glasgow from 1611 and later became the regent of the college. In 1616 he was licensed to preach the Gospel, at a time when it was becoming more difficult to hold to Presbyterian principles. In 1622 Blair resigned from the university and moved to Ulster, where he was ordained to the ministry in Bangor, County Down. His ministry […]
November 6, 2019
Man meditating

The Lost Art of Meditation

The reading and preaching of the Word of God is to be central in the life of a believer. We are to be like the blessed man of Psalm 1 whose “delight is in the Law of the LORD” (verse 2), but if we stop at simply reading and hearing the Word, we will not profit as much as we should. The psalmist also meditated in the law “day and night” and this was key to his fruitfulness (verse 3). The church will greatly benefit from recovering this lost art of meditation. The Difficulty of Meditation Meditation is serious, prolonged, […]
March 20, 2019
A Signpost to Follow

Admiration Without Imitation

Christians throughout the world recently celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The pageantry included a calendar full of conferences and the proliferation of new books, articles, blog posts, t-shirts and other paraphernalia. The occasion generated significant enthusiasm, as Christian masses responded with amazement at the spiritual achievements of the 16th century. But did all this attention spark a fresh biblical reformation, one similar to the radical changes that engulfed the world five centuries ago? After all the fanfare, the lasting impact appears negligible. Admiration did not produce imitation. The testimony of faithful “worthies” from the past thrills the […]
February 27, 2019
Trusting in the Darkness

Trusting in the Darkness

I remember as a child walking down the road I lived on into the nearby town. There was street lighting most of the way apart from one section in the middle which was dark. On the opposite side of the road the ground rose steeply, and the embankment was covered with large bushes and trees. Try as I might, irrational fears would grip me as I approached the darkened bend. My stride would lengthen, my pace would quicken and sometimes I would run the few hundred yards until I got back to the safety and comfort of the light. Looking […]
January 16, 2019
Preaching from a puritan pulpit

“Did Not Our Heart Burn Within Us?”

“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32) On the third day after the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus, on the same day that astonishing reports of his resurrection had come forth, two sad-faced disciples walked away from the scene, talking it all over. Our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, being brought again from the dead, left the rest of his flock in order to seek these two sheep by coming and walking alongside […]