What drives false teachers, bullies and abusers?

False teachers also tend to be bullies and abusers. The reverse is also true, abusers and bullies tend to be false teachers if they happen to be involved in church life and leadership. There are a couple of reasons for this. First of all, false teaching is itself a form of spiritual abuse, secondly falseContinue reading “What drives false teachers, bullies and abusers?”

The narrow gate

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 partContinue reading “The narrow gate”

The Road home (2 Peter 3:14-18)

Throughout Coronavirus, we’ve taken time each day to pray and look at a Psalm together. I’ve been excited not just to see what each individual Psalm is saying but also to get a sense of the themes coming through. The big theme, particularly in the last part of Psalms is on the journey home forContinue reading “The Road home (2 Peter 3:14-18)”

Be Alert … Be Ready

“Destined for greatness … pacing myself” says one of Sarah’s favourite T-shirts. Personally, I’m not good at the whole pacing thing. I don’t like to be at events on time, I like to be there early and I like to see people involved there in good time too. The closer we get to the startContinue reading “Be Alert … Be Ready”

False Teachers are useless and Dangerous (2 Peter 2:17-22)

I’ve watched a few online talks, sometimes the person doing the talk has a proper to start with, a coffee cup they pretend to drink from. It is embarrassingly obvious that they are miming with an empty cup. Why would you do that? We always make sure we turn up to our facebook afternoon teaContinue reading “False Teachers are useless and Dangerous (2 Peter 2:17-22)”

The Prosperity Problem

We know there’s something bad out there called “The Prosperity Gospel.” We know it’s bad because most preachers and pastors will quickly tell us that it’s wrong and that they don’t teach it. However, I’m not sure that we quite grasp exactly what the problem is. The risk then is that we can end upContinue reading “The Prosperity Problem”

Justice and Salvation (2 Peter 2:4-10)

Introduction Last time, we saw that we have to be on the look out for false teachers.  However we also saw that despite their sneakiness and arrogance, false teachers cannot avoid God’s judgement. However, how can we be sure that they will receive justice and how can we be certain that in the meantime andContinue reading “Justice and Salvation (2 Peter 2:4-10)”