Following to be part of something (Matthew 4:18-25)

She was beautiful, smiley and when I started to talk to her I was more attracted still as her winsome personality shone through too. I was smitten. I would willingly have gone anywhere with her. If that meant moving away to live, work and go to church some place else then I would happily haveContinue reading “Following to be part of something (Matthew 4:18-25)”

The King and the Priest (Reflections on Psalm 110 part 3)

In Genesis 14, Abram is established as a strong powerbroker in the land of Canaan when a terrible thing happens. Enemy armies attack and his nephew who has become tied up with the affairs of Sodom is captured along with others. Abram joins a rescue mission and the attacking enemies are defeated. Later in theContinue reading “The King and the Priest (Reflections on Psalm 110 part 3)”

Coronavirus Interview with a Doctor

We had the opportunity to catch up with Dr Steve Sturman on Afternoon Tea today. Here are some of the things we talked about (watch the interview below) – What is it currently like to be working in hospital? – Is it safe to go into hospital if I’m unwell with another condition? – WhatContinue reading “Coronavirus Interview with a Doctor”

Spiritual Gifts

In yesterday’s #AfternoonTea we were talking about the Gifts of the Spirit.  How do I know what gift I have?  How many are there? How do I grow in my use of the gifts? Here are the headlines  with the video to watch below. The NT has a number of lists of gifts, they allContinue reading “Spiritual Gifts”

What not to say when someone is suffering

Our latest Afternoon Discussion looked at how we support and care for those suffering chronic conditions including emotional health issues. What should I not say? I want to be helpful but I don’t want to put my foot in it either. You can watch the discussion below and here are some quick notes. Often theContinue reading “What not to say when someone is suffering”

Praying for healing (Will God heal me? part 3)

How should we go about praying for healing? Do we need to go to a special healing service and follow a set process? Here’s some notes and then the #AfternoonTea conversation on praying for healing and also our response when the prayer is answered. Anyone can pray for healing for themselves and for others. TheContinue reading “Praying for healing (Will God heal me? part 3)”

When God doesn’t heal (Will God heal me part 2)

This is part two in our look at the question “Will God heal me?”  You can find the first discussion here. What do we do when we long for healing, have prayed for healing and it doesn’t seem to happen?  Here are some notes from the discussion which you can watch below. This can beContinue reading “When God doesn’t heal (Will God heal me part 2)”

Will God heal me? (Part 1)

Here’s our latest “Afternoon Tea discussion” and as usual, I’m going to give some summary notes here but the best thing to do is to watch it through. There’s some intro stuff including a book review and conversation about increased wild-life sightings but you can skip through the appetisers and get into the main contentContinue reading “Will God heal me? (Part 1)”

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”

All Our Sickness … All our Sorrow

All our sickness, all our sorrowsJesus carried up the hill.He has walked this path before us,He is walking with us still;Turning tragedy to triumph,Turning agony to praise,There is blessing in the battleSo take heart and stand amazed.[1] But he was pierced for our transgressions;  he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisementContinue reading “All Our Sickness … All our Sorrow”