Minister's blog

May 31, 2020

"When the day of Pentecost came..." Acts 2. 1

Some regard today as the birthday of the church. Why not? Celebration strengthens our appreciation of the occasion or person being celebrated. It also redoubles our commitment. The coming of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem at the Jewish festival of Pentecost fulfilled...

May 30, 2020

"Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end..." John 13.1

"Love" the word is elastic - it has to be, such is the range of interpretations it must cover. Other languages can be more specific. Greek distinguishes between romantic attraction (eros), worldly affection (philia), and spirit...

May 29, 2020

"... being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised." Romans 4. 21

This verse refers to Abraham, whose trust in God is legendary. With only that trust to go on, Abraham left home with no idea where he was supposed to go. He believed God when God told him that he and his wife Sarah would ha...

May 28, 2020

"Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17. 20

The other day I was listening to someone talking frankly about a challenging season in their life. They entered that se...

May 27, 2020

"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16. 33

According to the para-church organisation Open Doors, throughout the world 8 Christians are killed every day on account of their faith. Meanwhile 182 Christian buildings are attacked every week and 309 Christians are...

May 26, 2020

"... perfect love drives out fear..." I John 4. 18

Another giant which oppresses many people is fear. Fear manifests itself in many ways: lack of confidence, a variety of so-called "phobias", worries about "getting it wrong", a guilty conscience, conviction of sin and - in some situations - raw physical fear o...

May 25, 2020

"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2. 10

Why is it that my mind turns to work on my day-off? Maybe it's all part of the cycle of relaxation: putting one's feet up releasing the reflective juices...

Recently I...

May 24, 2020

"... let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5. 16

I learned a new word yesterday: Corona-coaster. Some wag described it as what happens when commitment to Joe Wicks' work-outs diminishes and tantrums increase. Another way to describe it...

May 23, 2020

"He said to them, 'When you pray, say: Father...'" Luke 11. 2

And with that simple word "Father" Jesus launched a revolution. Because the word he used was the Aramaic equivalent of "Daddy". Jews of the time expected to address God formally in classical Hebrew, just as Muslims still chant the Quran in classical...

May 22, 2020

"Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about." Acts 1. 4

I wonder how the disciples, now apostles, felt on the morning after Jesus' ascension? Were they itching to go, or nervous about the future. Had they a sense of the hand of God being on their sho...

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