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…
One more on the Ascension. It's too easy to pass from the resurrection to Pentecost and the coming of the Spirit and how he works in and though us, and sure that plays a huge part in redemptive history, but we do need to keep the whole story together. The result of such thinking is … Continue reading The Ascension – Jesus in Action!
We make a lot of Christmas, Easter and Pentecost, but sadly the Ascension takes a back seat. Yet without the Ascension we have an incomplete gospel, and an uncertain hope. In the ascension we see the continuing life and victory of Jesus, without it we would have to assume that he died a second time. … Continue reading The Ascension – the Forgotten Event
Praise God for Doubting Thomas. Praise God that the Bible doesn't airbrush it's characters and we get to see people we can identify with, people like ourselves, and Thomas is just such a one. Thomas was a follower of Jesus, and a committed follower at that, at one point he was quite prepared to go … Continue reading Doubting Thomas – Help my Unbelief
Jesus called us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” Traditionally in protestant evangelical theology we have made that personal, very personal – about my righteousness, my standing before God etc.. I've preached and taught it that way in the past, but is that what Jesus really meant at this point - I … Continue reading Kingdom Justice
The subject of faith and works comes up time and again in pastoral ministry - I've met saints wondering how much they need to do to prove to themselves they are really saved; I've met saints coming towards the end of their days here on earth wondering whether they have done enough to get to … Continue reading Making Faith Work
It seems that there is an increasing measure of shock at the state of mankind today - I mean we are in the 21st century and we shouldn't be behaving like this after thousands of years of evolution, surely we have improved and become better, more educated, more understanding, more socially aware, more just, etc.? … Continue reading We still need the Good News