Happiness and joy go hand in hand and for many it will be about having the right people around them or about having the right things, or perhaps the prospect of a better job, a wage rise, getting married, a new house, etc.. It comes back to the question of happiness, what is it, and … Continue reading Spiritual formation – a question of happiness?
With the Christmas season receding and the advance into the New Year getting underway, I've been struck by the words, "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, in favour with God and man..." They seem normal on the one hand, strange on the other, normal because he was a baby like every other baby, strange in … Continue reading Spiritual formation – Jesus grew
Busy, busy, busy, it seems to be the stuff of life. Busy at work, busy at home, life can seem unavoidably busy. How's yours? When it comes to spirituality it is massive, a killer. To quote Eugene Peterson, "Busyness is the enemy of spirituality. It is essentially laziness. It is doing the easy thing instead … Continue reading Spiritual formation – to busy to be formed
What is the most important event in the Christian calendar? There are four major events in the Christian calendar: Christmas, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost. We are all familiar with Christmas, Easter and Pentecost, but the Ascension is another question. Christmas we get, Easter we get, and Pentecost we get, but the Ascension? Is that just for … Continue reading The forgotten event
You've seen stories of people who've gone to the battlefield and been reported missing in action, presumed dead. Then a report comes through that they have been seen and those that know them are excited but don't know whether they dare to believe it, or not, "are you sure? What proof do you have?" I … Continue reading He’s Alive!
The world is full of stories, both real and fictional. We all love a good story, you only have to walk into a bookshop or go to a cinema to discover how we love a story. There are stories that have us on the edge of our seats, stories that touch our hearts, stories of … Continue reading The Greatest Story Ever Told
We live in an uncertain world, a world where it seems everything is up for grabs, for reinterpretation or disregarding. Things that have been norms for generations are being cast aside. Sadly even in the church, even the 'evangelical' church (that part that used to be certain of what it believed), uncertainty has been making … Continue reading Knowing the Word, Living the Life – 1 John