God Willing: Bringing Divine Sovereignty into Everyday Conversation


Philosopher Steven Colborne explores how the everyday language we use might evolve to better reflect God’s sovereign control over the unfolding of all events.



It’s very rare these days to hear anyone in the mainstream media talking about God. But why should this be? Is God not the sovereign creator and ruler of the universe, just as he was in ages past?

According to author of philosophical theology Steven Colborne, God is just as relevant as ever, and the solution to our neglect of God in public discourse is to examine the way we use everyday language and make some bold changes that will help to restore God to his rightful place at the heart of our conversations. This is the motivation behind Colborne’s book, God Willing.

The book’s title is inspired by the following verses from the Bible:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15)

According to Colborne, nothing can happen outside of the will of God, and there are various ways we might change our use of English to reflect this truth. God Willing contains fourteen short chapters, each one presenting a different reflection related to the language we use and how this might evolve.

With real life examples and an abundance of theological insight, God Willing will make readers think differently about the way they interact with others. After reading the book and engaging with Colborne’s arguments, readers will feel equipped to begin the process of restoring God-honouring discourse to the heart of their everyday conversations.

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