N.T. Wright on the beatitudes. Just stunning! “When God wants to change the world, he dosn’t launch missiles. Instead, he sends in the meek, the mourners, and the merciful. When God wants to put things right, he dosn’t scramble combat jets; he calls people to love and do justice. Through these kinds of people the blessings of God’s reign begin to appear in the world.” Continue reading When God wants to change the world…
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 following was first published on our church website. READ “The seventh lot came out for the tribe of Dan according to its clans…” (v4) 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Cor 12:27) THINK Unless you’re Dan, I think it would be easy to skip over this chapter, because most of what … Continue reading Joshua 19: Dan and his gang
I’m currently re-reading Eugene Peterson’sbook ‘Run with the Horses’. There is a wonderful section on the process of Reform. Have a read: Jeremiah had a ringside seat in the arena of this reform. It is hardly conceivable, though, that he remained a spectator. He was not the sort of person to stand on the sidelines. He helped. He participated in the reform with his preaching. … Continue reading The Process of Reform
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blamesless for the day of Christ …” Phil 1:9-10 Here is an excellent and challenging comment on these verses from Alec Motyer: “the hymn-writer caught the matter perfectly: … Continue reading How do we love what God loves?
Phil 1:1 “… To all God’s holy people (Saints) in Christ Jesus at Philippi…” “But the heart of the matter is this: the saint’s separation is not a reaction against but a response to; not a more determination to be different from the world but a whole-hearted determination to be like God by obeying his word.” Alec Moyter Here in this wonderful definition of … Continue reading The Saint’s Separation
“Keep me walking steadfastly towards the country of everlasting delights, that paradise-land which is my true inheritance. Support me by the strength of heaven that I may never turn back, or desire false pleasures that wilt and disappear into nothing.” (The Valley of Vision) Continue reading Keep me walking
“Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path.” (v11) Why is this such a provocative statement? Sandwiched in the middle of a Psalm about the Lord rescuing us from terrible and distressing situations, it would be easy for this verse to be replaced with “God, just get me out of here!” However, even in times and seasons of pain, setback, uncertainty and … Continue reading Teach me your way (Psalm 27)