Finding Grace Among the Paradoxes of Life.

It was so good hearing the Ragamuffin Gospel being quoted on Sunday at Kingsgate. Here is a flavour of this excellent book: “When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting … Continue reading Finding Grace Among the Paradoxes of Life.

Money, Grace and Giving (p2)

This article was first published on my church website   In the last article we started to explore the provocative words of Jesus found in Matthew 6:19-33. We saw how: We will never have a healthy relationship with money until we have a healthy perspective on eternity. We will never have a healthy relationship with money if we think it doesn’t get any deeper than the latest iPhone … Continue reading Money, Grace and Giving (p2)

Money, Grace and Giving (p2)

This Article was first published on my Church Website. Yesterday, I showed how Jesus spoke a lot about three interrelated words: Money, Grace and Giving. Of his parables 42% are directly related to money and possessions and I’m convinced Jesus spoke so much about these subjects because he wanted us to see the powerful relationship between the heart’s affections and the purse strings. Eternity needs to be our focus Let’s now … Continue reading Money, Grace and Giving (p2)

Money, Grace and Giving

The following is an article I first posted on my church website In the next few articles, I’m going to be speaking about three interrelated words: Money, Grace and Giving. Now as soon as you read the words Money and Giving (and conveniently forget the middle word Grace), there are likely to be few reactions going off in people’s hearts: Oh no, not another set of articles about money Oh, I’m so glad Adam is writing about this … Continue reading Money, Grace and Giving

two-hundred-proof grace

Beautiful things, deserve to be spoken about in beautiful ways! Here, in the following quote, Bennan Manning helps us glimpse and then rejoice in the wonder of grace: The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellarful of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred-proof grace—of bottle after bottle of pure distillate of Scripture, … Continue reading two-hundred-proof grace

Cheap and Costly Grace – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”  “Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door … Continue reading Cheap and Costly Grace – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Hospitality that I will never forget

I want to tell you about one of the most remarkable moments in my life. It was a day where shame met mercy and mercy triumphed. It was a day where total failure met extravagant grace and I learnt that grace eats failure for breakfast!  Do you want to hear about this wonderful moment of divine encounter?   I’m guessing it would help you if I … Continue reading Hospitality that I will never forget

Prayer immerses you in the great drama of Scripture

Prayer is something you learn or grow in (see Luke 11:1). Over the last few years, I’ve been using the ‘The Valley of Vision’ (a collection of puritan prayers and devotions) to help me grow in my praying. One of the lessons that I’ve been learning about prayer, is the more we immerse ourselves in the great drama of scripture, the more our prayers will … Continue reading Prayer immerses you in the great drama of Scripture

Grace discovered in the dusty basement of late medievalism

This is such a brilliant quote about grace, the reformation and it’s transformative impact upon the church! The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellarful of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred-proof grace—of bottle after bottle of pure distillate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us … Continue reading Grace discovered in the dusty basement of late medievalism

The God who saves single-handedly

“The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellarful of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred-proof grace—of bottle after bottle of pure distillate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us single-handedly. The word of the gospel—after all those centuries of trying to lift yourself into heaven by … Continue reading The God who saves single-handedly