I came across this fascinating quote from C.S. Lewis the other day. It grabbed my attention as it is a topic I have spent much timing thinking about personally. Lewis is writing a letter to someone who was challenging his perspective on the problem of evil. In the letter the gentleman attempts to redefine what it means … Continue reading Does Good Mean Good?
What do the two trees in the Garden of Eden have to say to us today?
"The church camps around the sermon; Israel camped around the presence." - Bill Johnson A stirring quote from Bethel's senior leader and yet it reveals an important truth about our priorities. The most important thing to Israel throughout the Old Testament was not their inspiring leaders, fathers or even their most revered scriptures the Torah. The focus of … Continue reading Presence Possibilities
If I were to ask you to summarise the message Jesus shared whilst on earth what would you say?
Jesus calls men not to a new religion, but to life. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
At the very heart of the gospel is the idea of influence. The word gospel means good news, good news is worth sharing! Jesus introduced the Kingdom of God here on earth. With a crash the Kingdom of Heaven, as Matthew calls it burst onto the earth. The superior reality of the Kings dominion colliding … Continue reading Kingdom influence
We all have a tendency to worry about things from time to time. That is probably why Jesus said "Do not worry" in various ways and at various times. He knew that as we faced up to how little of our surroundings we actually had control over in life we would tend to worry. What … Continue reading Get worried!
It might sound like a bit of self promotion for a worship leader to tell you that Congregational worship is a big deal! Today I want to focus on one particular part of worship that I have been thinking on lately. What we sing in church really matters. I don't just mean that what we … Continue reading Faith that Sings
There is nothing more precious than the presence of God. This series explores the story of God's presence throughout the bible and explores how we can host him well in our midst. In the first two parts of this series (Part 1, Part 2) I set the scene by exploring the topic of God's presence … Continue reading Hosting the Presence – Part 3
There is nothing more precious than the presence of God. This series explores the story of God’s presence throughout the bible and explores how we can host him well in our midst. In the first part of this series we began to explore the story of God's presence in the Old Testament. God chose to … Continue reading Hosting the Presence – Part 2