I ‘live’ in the Charismatic world. As a result there are a set of questions that are not necessarily unique to Charismatics but are probably more frequently asked. One such question is, ‘can I hear God’s voice?’ Over the years I’ve heard so many responses to this question and lots of them have left me disappointed and frustrated! Personally I think the answer to this … Continue reading Can I hear God’s voice?
READ “After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present” (Acts 24:24-25a) THINK The Apostle Paul has been incarcerated for his faith! I know that there … Continue reading ACTS 24: GETTING OURSELVES INTO HOT WATER
“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”― C.S. Lewis I’m a ‘Bible guy’. I love God’s word. I believe in preaching and teaching through books of the Bible. I love drawing biblical truth out … Continue reading Theological humility
READ “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” Acts 9:15-16 “Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, “Away with … Continue reading ACTS 22: NO AIRBAGS REQUIRED!
Christian ethics is not primarily an individualistic, one-on-one-with-God brand of personal holiness; rather it has to do with living the life of the Spirit in Christian community and in the world. (Gordon Fee) “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all” (1 Thess 5:14) Now you are the body of Christ and individually members … Continue reading Living Community
The following quote is fascinating and something we as contemporary churches should stop and think about… Key part of the Quote: People like ourselves who are in the process of converting their culture from word-centered to image-centered might profit by reflecting on this Mosaic injunction” Full quote “the clearest way to see through a culture is to attend to its tools for conversation. I might … Continue reading The medium is the message
READ “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered. (Acts 20:7-8) THINK ‘Church is the people and not the meeting’, so the old adage goes. I guess this … Continue reading ACTS 20: DO WE REALLY NEED TO GATHER AGAIN AS A CHURCH?
READ He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately (Acts 18:26) THINK Today I want you to pause and consider this amazing verse. Picture the scene: Apollos (which you’ve got to admit, is a pretty cool name), is energetically and passionately preaching about Jesus! … Continue reading Acts 18: Heat and Light
Here is a thoughtful quote on the importance of thinking carefully about the shape (some might even say structure) of our Sunday gatherings: “During his many years of fruitful ministry, noted churchman Edmund Clowney advised many to think of their corporate worship as “doxological evangelism.” His words were a reminder that true worship without evident gladness, awe, and security in God’s redemptive provision and providential … Continue reading Doxological Evangelism
READ “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also” (v16) THINK What an amazing claim! By chapter 17 in the book of Acts, the mission of the church had so impregnated the culture and communities around it that the accusation was able to be levelled at the church that they had “turned the world upside down” (I think a better … Continue reading ACTS 17: A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN