The world is NOT your Oyster

One of the great mantras of our generation is that the world is your oyster. However, I want to suggest that it is part of the reason community life is fragmenting and is the result of people who have lost touch with what words such as commitment, community and fellowship really mean. Commitment, community and fellowship require people to shrink their worlds to ‘this’ group … Continue reading The world is NOT your Oyster

Church Unity

Sometimes, simply allowing scripture to speak is the best approach to tackling a subject. Why don’t you read the following words, very slowly, and then imagine a church community living this to the max. After a few minutes revisit that imaginary church but include yourself in the mix and see what impact it has upon how you think, feel and act: 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, … Continue reading Church Unity

The essence of reality

Over the course of the past few days I’ve been rereading Selwyn Hughes’ book Christ Empowered Living.  This book more than any has helped shaped my theological framework for pastoral care in the local church. However, what struck me afresh this morning was the combined impact of the following two quotations and their relationship to the trinity and true reality. “The father loves the Son and gives … Continue reading The essence of reality

Post-referendum Special: So what do we do now?

I’m writing this article early on Friday morning, as Britain awakes to a new era. For many this is a morning of sweet joy; for others it’s a bitter aftertaste that just won’t go away. My purpose in writing this article is not to comment on the politics of the remain or leave campaigns; there has been quite enough of that already! Instead I want to try to answer a simple question … Continue reading Post-referendum Special: So what do we do now?

1 in 300: Baptism

‘“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”’ (Matthew 28:19 NASB) I believe the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:19 demonstrate the importance and value he places on baptism. On the eve of his ascension to heaven, Jesus declared that the defining mark of his followers would be baptism. Baptism was … Continue reading 1 in 300: Baptism

1 in 300: What does Life Church teach about giving

I’m often asked, What do you teach about giving? and Do you believe in tithing? Here are my answers: We don’t talk much about tithing at Life Church. To be clear, tithing is a biblical idea, and even Jesus honoured the Pharisees for their commitment to tithing their mint, dill and cumin. However Jesus also said ‘Woe to you’ – in modern language, ‘Buddy, you’re in trouble!’  Why? Because they had neglected … Continue reading 1 in 300: What does Life Church teach about giving

Barack Obama’s 2008 Father’s Day Address

“… If we are honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that what too many fathers are is missing–missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it… We know the statistics–that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live … Continue reading Barack Obama’s 2008 Father’s Day Address

Celebrating our differences

Key priority #5: Celebrating diversity In his book Crossing the Divide, Owen Hylton asks provocatively “How integral is this issue [diversity] to the church today? Is it not just a matter of preference or taste?” How would you answer Owen? You see, I believe this is a question we can’t avoid. Each one of us as individuals has to answer the question, even if we do so … Continue reading Celebrating our differences

Creating a culture of invitation

Key priority #2. Develop a culture of invitation Two weeks ago we started a new series here in Life News, exploring the seven key objectives that we believe, as a church, we need to go for in 2016. Last week we looked at the vital importance of Sundays. This week I would like us to explore what it means to be a community with a culture … Continue reading Creating a culture of invitation