Spiritual formation

Reading and reflecting on growing in Christ or spiritual formation, it makes a big difference as to whether we focus on holiness or love to the exclusion of the other. If our focus is holiness, sin consciousness and separation from the world will play a big part. If our focus is love, acceptance and relational … Continue reading Spiritual formation

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Kingdom loving 3

The challenge to love like God does is massive. It is the radical message of the New Testament. More radical than we are prepared to admit. A love that forgives enemies. A love that forgives seventy times seven. A love that desires to bless. A love that goes on and on - strange how in … Continue reading Kingdom loving 3

Kingdom loving – part 2 

So God loves spectacularly, he loves like crazy when compared to this world's love. The love that existed in the heart of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, could not be held back by our sin and rebellion. It led to God becoming flesh, being tempted like we are, confronting the powers of darkness, being despised … Continue reading Kingdom loving – part 2 

Easter – Encountering and Delighting in the Love of God

Easter deserves as much attention as Christmas as it is the culmination of the incarnation, well actually not quite, the Ascension is, another part of the story that deserves more attention. But I'm in danger of digressing! Back to Easter. The problem is, it's not about a little baby, and everyone loves a baby. Somehow … Continue reading Easter – Encountering and Delighting in the Love of God

Delighting in the Trinity

It was a joy to be teaching on the Trinity this weekend, a subject that is still too frequently left in the background of our personal and corporate Christian life, with far too many evangelical Christians statiscally really not certain of what the Trinity really is. Thats serious, because true Christianity stands or falls with … Continue reading Delighting in the Trinity

Building a Kingdom Culture 4 – Love, Grace & Freedom

Love, grace, and freedom are at the core of a Kingdom Culture. Everything else flows from them. They are values or qualities that define the very heart of who we are and our relation to one another. When we lose them we get all religious and our lives and relationships end up based around rules … Continue reading Building a Kingdom Culture 4 – Love, Grace & Freedom

Resurrection impact

The resurrection of Jesus was real, powerful and life changing, you only have to look at his followers! They were a strange bunch, much like you and I. They followed him, served alongside him, they doubted him, they denied him and deserted him, and then.... then they encountered him, not a ghost, not a figment … Continue reading Resurrection impact