God’s Grandeur



By Gerard Manley Hopkins

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

So tell me, what do you think these words mean?

Ordinary, everyday discipleship



“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Colossians 3:17) As a Jesus follower, I am committed to living LIKE Jesus in the details of my life. This not just about doing religious things, like going to church, praying before meals, reading the bible, etc. Following Jesus is about how you spend money, how I treat my spouse, how I handle disagreements, how I respond to a health concern. It is in the ordinary daily details – whatever I do – that I strive to live LIKE Jesus. Continue reading ‘Ordinary, everyday discipleship’ »

How does Jesus speak to me?



I recently spoke on the idea that Jesus still speaks to us, by His Spirit, in our hearts. I described what happened to the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). The spiritual ‘heart burn’ was how I described the Spirit of Jesus speaking to their hearts. This is something that I personally experience when I read the bible. Let me explain how Jesus speaks to me when I read the bible. Continue reading ‘How does Jesus speak to me?’ »

Why do I post my bible reflections?



“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Every day for the last 10+ years I have been posting my reflections here.
I am so thankful to ‘tdk’ for supporting me with his own reflections on the blog.
Someone recently asked me WHY I post my reflections here.

First I want to clarify what my reasons are NOT.
I am NOT writing these reflections because I am a minister, and I get paid to do it.
I am NOT writing these reflections to impress people how pious and holy I am.
I am NOT writing these reflections to teach people what they should think or believe.
I am NOT writing these reflections to excuse you from doing your own reflecting. Continue reading ‘Why do I post my bible reflections?’ »

Following Jesus — changes everything!



Actually, I think I disagree.
Yes, hollow worship is harmless and risk free.
But true worship, in spirit and truth, actually changes everything too.
I would argue that worshipping Jesus and following Jesus are the same thing.
But we have too narrow a definition of worship; we think of singing songs.
Paul spoke of offering our bodies as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2).
If we worshipped like this, everything would change!!!