FINDING STABILITY IN AN EVER-CHANGING WORLD

‘John replied, “a person can receive only what is given them from heaven”’ (John 3:27) Fame and notoriety has always been a heady intoxication. However, with the saturation of social media, reality TV and talent shows, the desire to be known has become an overwhelming issue. I’m not talking about mass stardom, but rather the desire to draw identity from what other people (and the … Continue reading FINDING STABILITY IN AN EVER-CHANGING WORLD

AUTHENTIC FAITH UNPACKED: 5

Authentic faith makes a home nestled in the unfamiliar (pt 2) ‘And by faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country.’Hebrews 11:9 Authentic faith in a growing church can also collide with some personal motivations which are not necessarily noticed in a smaller context. Let me try and explain. When you are needed week-in, week-out in lots … Continue reading AUTHENTIC FAITH UNPACKED: 5

AUTHENTIC FAITH UNPACKED: 4

Authentic faith makes a home nestled in the unfamiliar ‘And by faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country.’Hebrews 11:9 Feeling at home is a strange concept. It’s very personal and subjective. For example, whenever I head north and get near Sheffield and hear someone with a good Sheffield accent, I feel at home. It’s like I’ve … Continue reading AUTHENTIC FAITH UNPACKED: 4

AUTHENTIC FAITH UNPACKED: 3

Faith is active ‘By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.’ (Hebrews 11:8) In the last post we saw how faith starts by hearing the voice of God. Here in this verse we also see another key ingredient of authentic faith — it acts!Abraham believed … Continue reading AUTHENTIC FAITH UNPACKED: 3

GREEN PASTURES. DARK VALLEYS. FAITHFUL SHEPHERD.

Psalm 23 “He makes me lie down in green pastures … even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Psalm 23:2-4 In this final reflection on Psalms for a Lonely Planet I want to linger a little longer in Psalm 23, which is probably one of the most well-known pieces of religious literature. Notice how … Continue reading GREEN PASTURES. DARK VALLEYS. FAITHFUL SHEPHERD.