Show the Way

Jesus said, “The children hinder not”

For they too, God begot

Lead them early, show them the way

So they won’t easily be led astray

For the world’s temptations do abound

But a better way can surely be found

Avoiding things naughty

And sticking to what’s right

Shunning dark deeds

And living upright


Jesus’ Model Prayer

Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. To this He gave a very simple model:

An address coupled with adoration

And several petitions for needs to meet

Then close with an adoration repeat

The Book of Common Prayer has rendered it in the following translation and format:

Our Father, which art in heaven, (Address)

Hallowed be thy Name. (Adoration)

Thy Kingdom come. (Petition 1)

Thy will be done in earth, (Petition 2)

As it is in heaven. (Petition 2 qualified with the standard to judge it)

Give us this day our daily bread. (Petition 3)

And forgive us our trespasses, (Petition 4)

 As we forgive them that trespass against us. (Petition 4 qualified with a standard)

 And lead us not into temptation, (Petition 5)

But deliver us from evil. (Petition 6)

 For thine is the kingdom,

The power, and the glory,

For ever and ever. (Adoration)



Take Time


“Lord, tell my sister to lend a hand.

She will do it if You command.

With over a dozen guest’s meals to be plated

I’m finding it hard to keep everyone sated.”

“Martha, your priorities are misplaced,

With all you rushing and all your haste.

Man does not live by bread alone.

True life is when God’s word is known.

So take a moment and lend an ear,

For my message is also for you to hear.”


Luke 10: 38-42

Ecclesiastes 3: 7

Emasculating God?

I heard on the radio recently that the Church of England is considering ending the referencing of God as He. This apparently is in response to calls from within the denomination’s own clergy. Okay, as a trinitarian I have to first say that God the Son is indeed male. There is not way we can construe that Jesus was anything other than male: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.” Similarly, Jesus addresses the Father as “Father” (Luke 22:42, Luke 23:46) and refers to God as Father over one-hundred-fifty times. God was understood by Jesus’ Jewish audience as being “Father.” The Holy Spirit by virtue of the relationship and essence to and with the Trinity has always been considered male, despite some attempts to find feminine characteristics in the Spirit’s work. God in referring to God’s self, exclusively uses masculine terms in description, and even in most metaphors. Some might cite Matthew 23:37 as a metaphor that does not, or argued that the Spirit is the Wisdom personified in Proverbs 8 as “she” but these are theologically weak as “proof texts.”

If this move is only based on the theological argument that God is a sexless spiritual being, and that a gender-neutral term would be more appropriate, it would nonetheless remains inconsistent with the Bible’s terminology. If it is meant to capture the pluralism of Father, Son, and Spirit as “They,” it would equally fall foul of the essential unity of “the” Trinity (note the term is singular). What I suspect, however, is that the move is meant to jump on the modern “non-binary” bandwagon. Many institutions today wrongly believe that to be inclusive requires abandoning traditional linguistics. Would the removal of masculine pronouns for God actually lead to a flood of people who may presently feel isolated from the church to suddenly say, “Now that’s for me?” Don’t get me wrong, it might. But at what theological cost?

There is one other darker possibility here as well. The modern social trend to brand anything masculine as negative or “toxic.” One of the many reasons God is referred to in the masculine, however, is the functions of the Father. God is a sire, provider, and protector, all of which are traditionally male roles. While society may have changed in that regard it does not mean that an omnibenevolent God does not fill those roles (even if they are now also filled by women in our society [minus sire of course]). Nor does the attribution of God as “He” in the scripture diminish the linguistically traditional feminine attributes of being a nurturer or carer.

I have mused here, there may be arguments which I have not considered. What I am concerned with in the end is we humans trying to make God in our socially determined image rather than honouring Him for the image He Himself has presented.


Peter in the Shadows

“Friend, why do you linger in the shadows so deep?

Come and join us by the fire, on this side of the street.

I think that I know you. I’ve seen your face before.

You were with that Galilean, they just led through the door.”

“I do not know of whom you’re speaking. You confuse me with another.”

“But, I surely saw you with him; embracing him like a brother.”

Again, I must assure you, I do not know that man.”

“But surely your accent, like his, is one from Herod’s land.”

“I by all that’s holy, swear that man I do not know!”

And at that very moment, the cock began to crow.


Luke 22



Titus 3:4-5 “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.”

Strive as we might, to be good

We tend to make a mess of it

More often than we should

We’re full of good intentions

With noble plans well made

But when it comes to keeping them

Our zeal can sometimes fade

So we are not saved

Because of what we’ve done

But by the mercy

Of God’s eternal loving Son



Hope gives perseverance

And faith it does build

In the face of discouragement

It tells us,”Don’t yield”

Hope reminds that God’s promises, we will see

In our diligent expectation, hope is key

Like when hopeful Abraham – children did receive

Or when Moses and the Hebrews were set free

Let hope then sustain you till victory you achieve


Thank you for your message Pastor Vince from Romans 5.

The Battle Is Not Yours


Walls of might, a mere facade

For they pale to the might of God

Pharaoh trusted chariots and steeds

Even after witnessing God’s great deeds

Yet, the king did not relent

And to its ruin his army sent

But all the deities of Egypt’s land

Could not preserve a single man

And so they perished in the sea

Allowing Israel’s children to go free


Exodus 14:26-28