Living on Borrowed Grace

I woke up early this morning, a long time before my alarm was set to start buzzing. I woke up with a phrase bouncing through my mind–a phrase I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Some time ago I was thinking about children who have the privilege of growing up in Christian homes but was drawn to the many I know who have fallen away from the faith. Despite the great honor given them in being raised in a …

Interview – Justin Reimer

In the past months you may well have heard me mention The Elisha Foundation. This is a foundation I first discovered through my pastor (who is a regular speaker at the Foundation’s annual retreats) and subsequently learned about more when I designed a new website for it. I quickly came to respect what they do and wanted to share with you an interview I conducted with Justin Reimer who founded and still heads up the organization. What is the Elisha …

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A La Carte (11/21)

Wednesday November 21, 2007 10 Free Audio Books As a Thanksgiving special, Christian Audio is offering ten free audio books. Several of them are definitely worth downloading. Marriage Testimony Lisa (of 4Ever4Given fame) and her husband Jon have posted a video of their testimony to God’s faithfulness in their once-troubled marriage. God has been good to them! iPhone on the Plane PlaneBuzz blog shares a humorous anecdote about a person on a plane trying to outsmart the pilot with his …

The Hearts of My Children

I hope this article will be the final one in a disorganized and rambling mini-series I’ve written about children. I’ve looked at my understanding of what happens to children when they die, and hope today to explain why I assume my young children to be unsaved. This will not be a theological treatise as much as a personal reflection. Tedd Tripp’s Shepherding A Child’s Heart has helped formulate my thoughts on this issue. He premises much of the teaching of …

Dumb Dog

As I began writing this little post, my RSS reader pinged and up came the headline: “A Dog Story With A Happy Ending.” This comes courtesy of Rebecca, it seems. The timing is somewhat ironic, since the dog story I’m writing today has quite an unhappy ending. Almost eight years ago, shortly after we got married, Aileen and I decided to get a dog. I was working late nights and we were living in Brantford. If you lived in this …

A La Carte (01/06)

Friday January 6, 2006 Blogging: Calvinist Gadfly gracefully bows out of the blogosphere. “My passion for the Biblical languages is calling me to give myself over to them in a more dedicated and intense manner.” Animals: Tim Irvin has bought himself some chickens. He says that “you can buy a pair for less than the cost of a dog collar.” I’d gladly trade in my dog’s collar for a couple of those chickens (I’ll even toss in the dog as …

What Happens To Children When They Die? (Part 2)

If you read this site on a regular basis, you’ll know I have been doing some research on the topic of what happens to children who die before they can hear or accept the gospel. I first wrote about this here. This is an issue almost every Christian faces at some point during his pilgrimage and one for which there is no easy answer. Surveying the writings of the great Christians of the past or present will produce no clear …

What Happens To Children When They Die?

For reasons I cannot quite ascertain (though I am hoping they are not prophetic), I have been thinking a lot lately about the issue of whether children who die in infancy are automatically ushered into heaven. In other words, what happens to children when they die? I have heard various answers to this question, and none have been particularly satisfying. I will admit, though, that I have never studied this topic in depth and that is something I intend to …

How To Recognize God’s Voice (Part 2)

There has been some controvery in the Forum since I posted my article about How To Hear God’s Voice. Perhaps controvery is overstating it, but people have been asking what I mean by “God’s voice.” This gives me the opportunity to write about something I’ve been meaning to say for a while now. Two Christians may experience the exact same thing, yet relate it to others in a completely different way. I grew up in the Reformed churches and never …