A prayer for spiritual renewal

How do we pray for spiritual renewal in our communities? There is a link between the renewal of the individual and community-wide transformation we often dream of in revival type situations. Here is a prayer that joins the two together… Dear Father, I know that salvation belongs to you and so I pray for the awakening and enlightening of hearts in ever expanding circles from: … Continue reading A prayer for spiritual renewal

Living at odds with this world

I’m currently reading through Daniel. Today I was focusing on these amazing and deeply challenging words from chapter 3: “But even if he does not [save Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fiery furnance], we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image you have set up.” (3:18)   Nate Saint (1923-56) who was eventually martyred … Continue reading Living at odds with this world

Is your vision to parochial?

Is your vision too small and parochial? How would you even know? Psalm 67 is a great vision stretcher! May God be gracious to us and bless us     and make his face shine on us— 2 so that your ways may be known on earth,     your salvation among all nations. 3 May the peoples praise you, God;     may all the peoples praise you. 4 May the nations be glad … Continue reading Is your vision to parochial?

I am in chains for Christ

In my morning devotions, I’m currently working my way through Philippians in the company of Alec Motyer (through his excellent commentary). In Chapter 1:13-14, Paul is explaining how his suffering is advantageous for the advance of the gospel. Listen to how Alec Motyer unpacks this: “He [Paul] did not see his suffering as an act of divine forgetfulness )’Why did God let this happen to … Continue reading I am in chains for Christ

How to live in a pluralistic society

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” 1 Peter 3:15-16 Engage in dialog (Don’t create a Christian ghetto for yourself) Focus … Continue reading How to live in a pluralistic society

There are no little places…

“I see how right Francis Schaeffer was when he said that there are no little places and no little people. If Jesus would choose the small, obscure town of Bethlehem as his birthplace and the better-known (but only because of its bad reputation) town of Nazareth—“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46)—as his temporal home, and if he could choose to build his … Continue reading There are no little places…

Friendship with God

A brilliant quote from Eugene Peterson about friendship with God: “God’s friendship didn’t install Abraham on an oasis where he slept on a hammock strung between date palms, refreshing himself with a swim in the pool between naps. God’s friendship meant leaving home, long journeys, dangerous ventures, doubt-filled actions, difficult obedience. Karl Bath, perhaps our most perceptive theologian in getting inside the biblical stories, wrote … Continue reading Friendship with God