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 theologians? Does it really matter? The fact is the ascension … Continue reading The forgotten event – Ascension Day
Love as the song says, makes the world go round… The airwaves are filled with songs about love, the genre of romantic novels abounds with love stories, social and political drama’s frequently have a sub story of a couple falling in love, yet love in our world so often has parameters around it, I’ll love … Continue reading Kingdom Loving – part 1
As people and churches we need not only an ongoing experience of the Spirit and the ministry of the Word we also need the prophetic - the now voice of the Spirit speaking expressly to us as God's people. Several times in Scripture we are exhorted to hear what the Spirit is saying - in … Continue reading Open to the prophetic
I wonder what resolutions you've made, if any? I wonder what your hopes and aspirations are, even your prayers for yourself and others? Are they just need based, problem solving, helping etc.? Paul's pray for the Ephesian Christians was the opening of their eyes that they may know God (1:17). God, you say, haven't they … Continue reading The Fellowship of the Three
Returning to last weeks theme let's explore a bit further what the Christmas story says to us about God and our relationship to him. Father & Son As we read the gospel story we can't help noticing that its about a Father and his Son - yes in some cases that might be a marred … Continue reading Christmas – Power or Love?
Following on from last week one of the outcomes of worm theology is to think of the Christian as 'just a sinner saved by grace'. There may be some truth to that statement but theres an awful lot of truth missing - enough to make it wrong. The scriptures repeatedly state in various ways that … Continue reading Saved sinner or saint?
For many Romans 8 is something they aim at, but rarely get there. To often their experience is Romans 7, the wretched man, but that is to fall short of the gospel. Romans 8 is meant to be the normal Christian life. Some years ago after living as a Romans 7 Christian I studied Romans … Continue reading Free in Christ – A translation of Romans 8