READ Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. (Acts 26:14-15) THINK I want you to picture Saul (soon to become the Apostle Paul) on the road to Damascus, and in particular, I want you to consider the interaction … Continue reading Acts 26: Yikes that Hurts!
Let me be clear, I’m very grateful for zoom, skype and more lately google meet. They have enabled a kinda of face-to-face meetings in a season of pandemic, lock-downs and growing isolation. However, I think the following quote from Scott Sauls sums up why I’m looking forward to ditching zoom (well mainly) and reengaging in true cheek to jowl community. “Unlike true friendship, relating to … Continue reading Why I can’t wait to ditch zoom
When was the last time you read First John? One of the remarkable things about this short letter is the relational potency to John’s writing. He uses phrases such as: Dear friends Dear children Fathers Young men This letter drips with family culture. The question that must be asked, when we see this relational topography to this letter is, does my life, ministry and church … Continue reading “Dear Friends”
This article was first published on the Kingsgate Website In this article, I want to address how we approach giving here at Kingsgate as there is often a lot of confusion. So let me suggest a simple pattern that will help us focus on giving in a healthy way. SO HOW CAN WE HAVE A HEALTHY, BIBLICAL VIEW OF GIVING TO A LOCAL CHURCH? I generally don’t talk about giving in terms of tithing (that is the giving of 10% of your … Continue reading Giving to a local church
Psalm 30:4-5 “Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” The people of God have always sung! We sing when our eyes are fixed, not on the near horizon of our current circumstances, … Continue reading We sing…
“Listen to how the fourth-century Roman historian Eusebius described the early Christian named Sanctus, when Sanctus stood before his torturers in the year AD 177: “with such determination did he stand up to their onslaughts that he would not tell them his own name, race, and birthplace or whether he was slave or free. To every question re replied, in Latin, ‘I am a Christian.’ … Continue reading My ultimate allegiance
Tomorrow, at Kingsgate, we have our first membership Sunday. This is a very exciting morning as we look to weave our lives together with promises and purpose! Here is some information on what membership looks like at Kingsgate: Reflection on Membership (Booklet) Covenant Promise (Booklet) Covenant Promise (Audio) Continue reading Membership Sunday