The bread that divides?

A crisis situation like the one we are in at the moment can throw up the occasional bouncer, a theological issue that affects how we do church that we weren’t ready for. These issues can be controversial.  So we want to approach them carefully and with charity. We also need to be ready that inContinue reading “The bread that divides?”

Growing in faith and assurance

2 Peter 1: 5-11 Introduction It’s quite an anxious time for new parents when the health checks happen. Is baby developing and doing all she is meant to? Is baby growing? Is she putting on weight. Failure to grow is a cause for concern. So too with Christians. Are we growing spiritually in Christ? TheContinue reading “Growing in faith and assurance”

Isolation and Communion (conclusion)

Applying to today – can we share communion during the pandemic? So, this is the bit that you’ve been waiting for. What do I think about sharing communion during the Coronavirus Pandemic?  Is it okay to do it? Whilst the conclusion is specific to this situation, there may be further implications particularly as we careContinue reading “Isolation and Communion (conclusion)”

Isolation and Communion (Part 4)

The Truth and Lies issues (Systematic Theology) We have seen that making wise, godly decisions depends on knowing the truth about God, Creation, Humanity and New Creation. This means rejecting lies about all four areas of doctrine. In this post we will look at some of the doctrinal (Systematic Theology) issues at stake in ourContinue reading “Isolation and Communion (Part 4)”

Isolation and Communion (Part 3)

The Big Picture – Biblical Theology If we are to make wise, Biblical decisions about communion, then we need the big picture. There are two perspectives on this. Biblical Theology which we will look at in this post is all about seeing how the Biblical story of redemption unfolds and different themes develop within it.Continue reading “Isolation and Communion (Part 3)”

Isolation and Communion (Part 2)

A Look at the Bible It is important to get back to Scripture and see  what is going on when the supper of bread and wine is first shared and what instructions are given. I think this is a useful opportunity, not just to help us make pragmatic decisions about getting through Coronavirus but toContinue reading “Isolation and Communion (Part 2)”

The Lies we believe about God

I’ve gone back to the #faithroots archive to find this article. How are we going to face uncertain times? Well we have a choice, do we believe truth or lies about God, Creation, Us and New Creation. This article from a long time back identifies some of the lies we tell ourselves about God. GodContinue reading “The Lies we believe about God”

Food for the long haul

The work of the word is long term and wholistic not short term and piecemeal Relevant? As we have been discussing, facing a major crisis like a pandemic and a lockdown will take more than occasional disjointed thoughts. We need to see the big picture of who God is and what his plans and purposesContinue reading “Food for the long haul”

Summer Is Coming

Summer and Winter Apparently in Game of Thrones, the Stark family have a saying “Winter is Coming.” It is a chill warning of dark and dangerous days ahead.  I have started using the hashtag #SummerIsComing on social media. Why?  Well, it feels very much like we are in the dark nights of winter as weContinue reading “Summer Is Coming”

"I don't want you to panic …. I want you to think."

“I don’t want you to panic, I want you to think.” Those words are striking, they come from a young German activist who has taken an opposing position to Greta Thunberg. I quoted her in my first video chat “Don’t Worry.”   Whatever your position on climate change and whether you agree with either viewContinue reading “"I don't want you to panic …. I want you to think."”