Have you ever just wanted to run away? Have you ever felt so stressed, unhappy, depressed, scared, out of your depth, restless, bored, or just like you want to walk away from everything? I’ve felt like that a number of times, and I think it’s a pretty normal response to life when we are under … Continue reading Prodigal Justice Incarnated as Love
Ever felt like you are stuck in a dark place? Then this post is written just for you.... Gods first words in the human story were words spoke in the darkness - words from the darkness. Spoken by God. Spoken to breathe life into the darkness. Out of the darkness these words were uttered: “Let... … Continue reading A voice in the darkness
How can we ever know that the Gospel of Jesus and the words of the bible are really true? I mean, they were written thousands of years ago in a culture that is so different from ours – no phones, no bank accounts, no McDonalds! It was orally passed down before it was written down! … Continue reading Can we have Certain faith in an uncertain world?
Sometimes the simplest of truths are the most difficult for us to get to grips with. For some reason we as humans often struggle to realise that we are truly and unconditionally loved by God. The image below highlights lyrics from an old children's chorus which articulates a child-like faith that we are loved by … Continue reading The Gospel is difficult for us to receive
I find myself in a reflective state of mind tonight as I sit at the laptop in a room filled with comfort. My wife is just over the room watching television and my children are all sleeping peacefully as I write. I am soaking up the freedom that I enjoy through the sacrifices our ancestors … Continue reading THE GOSPEL BRINGS FREEDOM THROUGH FORGIVENESS
As I read the early chapters of the Gospels, I see Jesus speaking the same command to almost everyone he meets: follow me! For decades Christians have understood this to mean “say a prayer of repentance and commitment to Jesus, attend church regularly, and live a generally good life”. There is a problem with this. Jesus … Continue reading What is a follower of Jesus?
In our present culture there is huge emphasis upon the individual. The post-modern mantra of “that’s good for you, but I’ll find my own truth” pervades every corner of our lives. It also has impacted and informed current day discipleship processes. Discipleship has become a process that is done to us – we attend a … Continue reading Gospel-Centred Discipleship Communities and the death of the lone ranger
In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. ” - Matthew 3:1-2 NLT Have you ever had a situation that's difficult to face, and when it came down to it you … Continue reading How I was reminded to repent of sin and believe Jesus’ advice
Is there beauty in death. Is there life after final breathe? Is there love in his sacrifice? Can I really shamelessly lift up my eyes? Can I worship jesus, the lamb who was slain? Can I hear him from heaven calling my name? I am the least, the last, and the lost. Called out to … Continue reading Stretching arms out in Love
Church - Bible = Death of the Church This may seem over-simplified but let me explain: Faith comes by allowing yourself to be subjected to the scriptures. Without the scriptures being unfolded in gatherings the gathered church cannot thrive spiritually. It may grow numerically if the leaders are skilled leaders or organisers, but the spiritual … Continue reading Without the bible