I remember being asked once whether I’d prefer to pastor a church that was weak/confused in its doctrine but seemed on fire with passion for the Lord and loving or a church that seemed to be ticking all the right boxes doctrinally but wasn’t clicking in terms of love, welcome, enthusiasm. After thinking about theContinue reading “Abuse and the fault in our theology”
1 John 5:6-12 – what is it that we truly fear?
How does love conquer fear?
In our next Faithroots video we ask “How do we know what love is.” 1 John 4:7-12 tells us that “God is love” and then goes on to show us how we know God’s love.
For Starters When you do something wrong, or when you hurt someone you care about, what do you usually do to put things right (if anything)? Does it work? A Look at the Bible What does the Text say? The story of Abraham and Melchizedek is told in Genesis 14. Abraham goes to rescue LotContinue reading “Melchizedek”
Tim Farron has written observing that lots of Christians wrote in to MPs like him asking them to vote against the amendments to the Domestic Abuse bill that would have resulted in a sweeping liberalisation of the abortion law. His fear is that we will come to be seen as single issue campaigners and harshContinue reading “Why I wrote to my MP about abortion and not about other things.”
Yesterday’s #AfternoonTea looked at this question as we continue to think about questions to do with justice. Key points include There are two arguments to consider here. First that God punishing sin is unfair because how can we really know that he exists and what his law is? The second is that it is unfairContinue reading “Is God Just and Fair?”
This is the third in a little series of articles reflecting on the controversy surrounding Dominic Cumming’s trip to Durham. I guess it also relates to the issues that came up with Professor Neil Ferguson and Catherine Calderwood, the former Scottish Chief Medical Officer I am more concerned with the lessons we learn for ourContinue reading “The Shaming of the Shrew”
How do we respond when people falsely accuse us, slander and gossip about us behind our backs, isolate us and attack our characters? Psalm 109, helps us to give voice to the way that this makes us feel. There is the desperate cry for justice. David utters these words against his tormenters Appoint a wickedContinue reading “What I want for my enemies (reflections on Psalm 110 part 1)”