“Go to the land I will show you “-Abraham and God’s place

When God tells Abraham to go to the place or land he is going to show him, Abraham obeys.  This is despite all the challenges and obstacles that he faces.  God has promised the land to him and his descendants, but he is old, without children and the land is already occupied. Not only is… Continue reading “Go to the land I will show you “-Abraham and God’s place

Not without hope

Genesis 11 paints a pretty hopeless picture.  The new, post flood humanity have in effect squandered the blessings and privileges of the covenant with Noah. Their hubristic rebellion against God has been crushed, they are divided by language and scattered across the world of the day.  However, at the end of the chapter, we are… Continue reading Not without hope

Blessing from nowhere

I was talking with my friend Dan James about sermon he was preparing for his church on Haggai 2 the other day and was struck by something fascinating. Have a look at Haggai 2:10-19.  What stood out to me was verse 19: 19 Is the seed yet in the barn? Indeed, the vine, the fig tree,… Continue reading Blessing from nowhere

Learning to love one another (changing our culture)

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So, how do we develop  a culture of grace within the church where one another love is witnessed and experienced? In this post, I want to make a couple of suggestions.  First of all, it has to be modelled by pastors and leaders.  This means that we need to prioritise choosing elders and appointing pastors… Continue reading Learning to love one another (changing our culture)

Served by the Gospel… Serving the Gospel Romans 1:8-15

We started Romans by asking “What is it that believers seeking to serve God in our cities need” and I suggested that we would find the answer in this letter, specifically the need for Grace and Peace. This is now reinforced by the next part of the letter.   A letter from Paul often seems… Continue reading Served by the Gospel… Serving the Gospel Romans 1:8-15

Blessing Bringer (Genesis 12:1-3)

This week, we looked at the second part of our series “The Promise”.  The following short reading is massive for our understanding of Scripture and God’s purposes “The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into… Continue reading Blessing Bringer (Genesis 12:1-3)

The Curse

Covenant History blessed in God’s presence, cursed by exile from it To understand the Covenant ceremony, we need to go back to Genesis  1-3.  God creates a good world and also plants a beautiful and secure garden for the first humans, Adam and Eve, to live in.  Adam is commissioned to tend to the garden… Continue reading The Curse

Refugees – Blessing or burden?

Thinking back to a conversation I had with two other Christians about the Home Office’s approach to processing asylum claims, I was struck again by how much our perception of the asylum system is shaped by our view of asylum seekers themselves. If I think that asylum seekers are very likely to be fake, just… Continue reading Refugees – Blessing or burden?

The narrow gate

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13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy[a] that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few[1] We have been thinking about what it means to be part… Continue reading The narrow gate

Happy People – The Peacemakers

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What is a peacemaker? We actually have an award for people whom we recognise as peacemakers, the Noble Peace prize. I am not sure however that the prize fully functions effectively.  How do we decide who is a peacemaker? For example, should President Trump be considered a peacemaker? After all he went to meet the… Continue reading Happy People – The Peacemakers