We should not think of the Holy Spirit as a substance like water that we can leak. However, is it possible to lose the fullness of the Holy Spirit by not allowing him influence and lordship over all of my life?
From time to time I engage with issues that are a little political on faithroots. In the past we’ve talked about Brexit, Presidential elections and the 2019 General Election (although by mailchimp as the blog wasn’t running at that point). Currently I’m engaging with the issues relating to Coronavirus and not just about the churchContinue reading “Why talk about public policy on a faith blog?”
Some illustrations of being filled with the Spirit liken the experience to a bottle full of water or a tyre full of air. In this video we look at the problems with these analogies and consider a better way of thinking about what it means to be filled with the Spirit.
We had the privilege of interview Jeremy Marshall on Afternoon Tea yesterday. Jeremy was a successful banker in the city and CEO of a leading private bank. The discovery of a cancerous lump changed everything. Find out how as a believer in Jesus his faith has been deepened and how he has learnt to faceContinue reading “Facing cancer and facing Fear”
The book we bought and the book we read Bridging the gap – Ephesians 2:8 -10) For by grace….To do good works Useless and harmful bridges L……………….. L………………… M………………. Solving the problem Two reasons why we don’t boast S…………….. N……… C……………………………… It’s g……….. all the way To think about When I am challengedContinue reading “How (not) to be a guilt driven church (The truth about cats and dogs 2)”
This is the first of three talks/studies. I will include a handout followed by a video talk The thing we don’t like to talk about – but probably should (Psalm 51) The difference between cats and dogs What is guilt? Often when we talk about guilt we really mean s……………. g….. and s………… Shame isContinue reading “The thing we don’t talk about (The truth about cats and dogs 1)”
“Who are we to judge?” It’s one of those argument ending killer phrases isn’t it? Usually the phrase is then followed up by two other phrases. “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.” “let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” The deployment of these phrases are designed toContinue reading ““Do not judge…””
Here’s today’s Afternoon Tea discussion. As it is Sunday, we have a first look at the Sunday Night topic which this week is “Listen carefully” (Hebrews 2:1-4). Here are the key points: 1. The context is that Jesus is greater than the angels. 2. Although Jesus’ revelation is greater, it does not replace the OTContinue reading “Listen very carefully”
Here is today’s Afternoon Tea. We have started a conversation about race and diversity and hope to continue, hopefully with guests. Today we talked about Implicit bias. Prejudice can arise as much out of assumptions about our own superiority and experience as normal as it does out of hostility to others That in some casesContinue reading “Diversity and Discrimination”
Every morning we’ve been working through a Psalm. We recently read these words in Psalm 113 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap,8 to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.9 He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children.Praise the Lord! TheseContinue reading “Good news for the childless”