Eric Metaxas on his ten year anniversary edition of 'Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy': Bonhoeffer’s story remains so moving to me that I feel deeply humbled God allowed me the privilege of bringing it to so many readers over the years. His extraordinary life cannot help but inspire anyone who becomes familiar with it. I... Continue Reading →
You are Called to Greatness
Called to Greatness: Is. 40:28-31; John 6:66 It is so easy for my life to be consumed by triviality, pettiness and banality. Do you know what I mean? I don’t want my life to meander along in a predictable, mundane fashion. It’s not that I’m looking for the novelty of experiential excitement: As an end... Continue Reading →
That’s Not Right!
Sermon: September 6, 2020 watch here. “That’s Not Right” Luke 13:1-5 (and 12:54-56; 13:6-9) My first two years of Secondary School were at a Boys Boarding School. It was also in the days when kids had milk at school. We had those 1/3 pint bottles. But sometimes the bottles arrived early and so were left... Continue Reading →
"I must learn in this life to accept the fact that hunger and restlessness are part of what I am made for. To love God is not to acquire the biggest and best gratification of all but to have my whole experience of love transfigured. Instead of the manic struggle to fill the gap in... Continue Reading →
Theology Questions: #3 What does it mean to ‘keep in step with the Spirit’?
Keeping in Step with the Spirit In Galatians 5:13-26, Paul writes the following: 13 "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbour... Continue Reading →
Theology Questions: #2 What is Prophecy?
I have spent many years in the thinking of Anthony Thiselton, and so am very interested by his views, not least on prophecy (note the spelling here!). The best place to look for Thiselton’s views on this subject, which I regard as authoritative, is in his large commentary on 1 Corinthians: see, Anthony C. Thiselton,... Continue Reading →
Theology Questions: #1 God’s Will and the Bible
QUESTION: In the area of discovering God’s will how do you and how should we distinguish between what we want and what God wants? Do you regard the Bible as the inspired word of God and if so how should the Bible influence our decision making? RESPONSE: The Bible is ‘useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting,... Continue Reading →
Meeting Michael Card
What a treat it was for me. Last week, Michael Card performed a concert in Paignton, on his only stop in the South West. Michael is for me, as I know he is for so many others, a shaper and discipler in the Christian faith. Michael's 29 songs in 'The Life' - an account... Continue Reading →
Extreme Metaphor: Salt and Dung
Luke 14:34-35 Salt and Vinegar; Sea salt; Salted peanuts; Salt and pepper; Bath salt; Salted babies; Ready salted; Table salt; Salted Pringles; Salt tablets; Salted slugs; Salted dung; Saltless salt. Salted speech; Road salt; Salt is an amazing thing. Very important to the... Continue Reading →
The first thing and the last thing that Jesus said to Peter was the same—“Follow me!” The first occasion was when Peter and his brother were casting a net into the Galilean Lake. Jesus passed by and called out, “Follow me, and I will teach you to fish for men” (Mk. 1: 16-18). Peter quickly... Continue Reading →