The Baby’s Crying…

Baby's cry, it's natural and normal, it's the first thing we listen for when they are born. Children even want their dolls to cry. And yet when it comes to Jesus we don't want it to happen and we sing with Martin Luther "no crying he makes..." That disturbs me. Why don't we think he … Continue reading The Baby’s Crying…

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Jesus – the opening of God’s arms to our pain

The astounding message of Christmas is the opening of God's arms to our pain and brokenness, a pain and brokenness born of our rebellion, our sin, our selfishness - not something one would expect of God, after all god's just don't do that sort of thing, but then the God of the Bible is true … Continue reading Jesus – the opening of God’s arms to our pain

Kingdom Realities

Jesus inaugurated the kingdom of God - He said, It's near, It's come, It is within you/among you; and what a Kingdom! Totally unlike the kingdoms of this world, a kingdom of righteousness, peace (Shalom), joy in the Holy Spirit. He is both the King and the Kingdom. Everything he said and did exhibited and … Continue reading Kingdom Realities

Your Kingdom Come

The next phrase in the Lord's Prayer, 'Your kingdom come,' reminds us that God is King, he is sovereign. His will and word are final. All the rights are his. He is the One who creates. He is the One who sustains. He is the One who makes the big decisions. His will, will be … Continue reading Your Kingdom Come

God Invades Humanity

The Christmas story is staggering in all respects, a virgin, angels, a star... but the most staggering aspect must be that God invades the realm which he had created and takes on the dirt of the earth that he had taken and fashioned and given his own breath to - flesh! God himself becomes a … Continue reading God Invades Humanity

Acts 29

Yes I know there isn't one, it finishes with 28... But reading through Acts you can't help but notice the abruptness with which it end - you are left high and dry, you want to know what happens next. And there's the point, it's not supposed to end, the story continues right down to today, … Continue reading Acts 29

The Continuing Ministry of Jesus

Reading the Acts of the Apostles one is gripped by its unfolding drama. The way Luke starts it off is enough to make you sit up and take notice - "in the first book (Luke's Gospel) Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken … Continue reading The Continuing Ministry of Jesus