Can I hear God’s voice?

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?

ACTS 24: GETTING OURSELVES INTO HOT WATER

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

Theological humility

“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

Pause: Guerilla Warfare Praying

“Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Ps 61:2b) As you slurp coffee and power up your laptop for another day at work, why not take a quick pause to consider the powerful and subversive nature of Psalm 61. In verse two the Psalmist prayerfully longs for some rather radical things: “Lead me” requires humility and not arrogant assurance. It’s a life … Continue reading Pause: Guerilla Warfare Praying

“Dear Friends”

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”

The many little deaths in serving others

Richard Foster in his excellent book Celebration of Discipline (pg 110) writes:   “In some ways we would prefer to hear Jesus’ call to deny father and mother, houses and land for the sake of the gospel than his word to wash feet. Radical self-denial gives the feel of adventure. … But in service, we much experience the many little deaths of going beyond ourselves. … Continue reading The many little deaths in serving others

JOSHUA 16: THEY DID NOT DISLODGE THEM

This article was first published on our church website. READ “They did not dislodge the Canaanites living in Gezer; to this day the Canaanites live among the people …” (Josh 16:10) THINK A throwaway line at the end of a chapter that may interest government officers involved in boundary changes but not the rest of us. Right? This apparently incidental statement about how the Ephraimites … Continue reading JOSHUA 16: THEY DID NOT DISLODGE THEM

What to do when the unexpected happens

The following article was first published on our church website.   READ “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you … Continue reading What to do when the unexpected happens