New Zealand is a country saturated in God’s common grace. I sometimes feel these islands are about as close to heaven on earth as you’ll find. Christchurch, my home, is as friendly and tranquil as any other small city on earth, and New Zealanders are a people of quiet strength—not brash and self-seeking, but resolute and generous.
Maybe above all, we’re a peaceful nation. Aotearoa has been a place of almost unparalleled safety. We are, by any human measure, uncommonly blessed.
But heaven on earth is…
We Love Our Muslim Friends and the Terrorist Who Targeted Them
I have a teenage son who plays basketball. Recently, his coach recommended that he start going to the gym and lifting some light weights. So occasionally my son has been accompanying me to the gym where I’m a member and doing workouts with me. But here’s the thing: My son isn’t a member of the gym. When we walk up to the desk, I’m the one who calls up…
We all know that Jesus prayed. You could read the Gospels while half-asleep and not miss this fact. But why did Jesus pray? This question requires greater care. I recall once hearing a pastor say that Jesus only prayed to set an example for us. He was God, after all, so he didn’t need to pray.
But is that true?
Mark Jones doesn’t think so. And he deals with this question and many more in his new release, The Prayers of Jesus: Listening to and Learning from our Savior.
Jones is the teaching pastor of Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, holds…