Sam Storms on Faith and healing

Here is a brilliant article by Sam Storms on the relationship between faith and healing. The following is a small excerpt to wet your appetite: we must recognize that the “belief” or “faith” here is not a case of a Christian forcing himself to believe what he does not really believe. It is not a wrenching of one’s brain, a coercing of one’s will, a … Continue reading Sam Storms on Faith and healing

First Things: Being Present

This week, as we return to my series of thoughts and reflections which arose during the course of my sabbatical, I would like to talk about the importance of being present. ‘Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “what do you seek?” or “Why are you talking with her?”.’ (John 4:27) This verse … Continue reading First Things: Being Present

Help! I don’t play a guitar and I can’t sing: How can I worship God? (part 2)

Last week we started to look at how can we cultivate worship in the day-to-day reality of our lives. We looked at Psalm 105, and especially verse 4 which says ‘Seek his face always’. This week I’d like us to explore what it means to seek his face. His face First, and probably easiest to communicate, is what this verse doesn’t say. It does not say … Continue reading Help! I don’t play a guitar and I can’t sing: How can I worship God? (part 2)

Help! I don’t play a guitar and I can’t sing: How can I worship God? (part 1)

A few weeks ago I was with our new Worship Community at the Fletton Centre. They asked me to talk about Worship in our personal lives. It was such a great evening together that I thought I would turn my notes into a couple of articles for Life News. How can we cultivate worship in our own day-to-day lives? This is such a critical question, … Continue reading Help! I don’t play a guitar and I can’t sing: How can I worship God? (part 1)

Christ in an on-demand culture

Here is the introduction from an excellent article about living for Christ in an on-demand culture. To read the whole article, please click the link at the end of this post. Virgin Airlines boasts that it’s one of the most luxurious airlines in the world. If you fly first class with Virgin, you won’t be bumping elbows with the sweaty stranger squeezed next to you. … Continue reading Christ in an on-demand culture

Letter to a perplexed Eleven – year – old

Today I read a brilliant letter to an eleven year old who had a difficult and disturbing question. Here is the start of the letter (the rest of the article can be read by clicking the link at the bottom of the page): Dear Tommy, This is not your real name. But I do know your real name. It starts with an A. Your father … Continue reading Letter to a perplexed Eleven – year – old

First Thoughts: Biblical meditation (part 1)

As I continue to share with you some of the things God spoke to me about whilst on sabbatical, I want to focus this week on the important but often neglected tool (or, in old money, discipline) that is meditation. It’s amazing how, as I write the word meditation, my mind drifts swiftly to images of people with crossed legs, chanting some repetitive religious mantra. Why is … Continue reading First Thoughts: Biblical meditation (part 1)