Three anxieties

Is it a sin to be anxious  or is it simply a mental health condition that you don’t have control over? I’ve heard both extremes.  In the church we often emphasis the former whilst it is increasingly the norm to hear people saying “I have anxiety” and using that as a reason not to beContinue reading “Three anxieties”

Hope in the midst of disappointment

I mentioned in a previous post about how God’s Word acts as the VAR that revises our otlook on what we are seeing and experiencing. This week has not been a good week for hope. We should have been preparing for the final lifting of restrictions this coming Monday. Instead we are likely to beContinue reading “Hope in the midst of disappointment”

A last meal with Jesus

#TheDailyDose John 21 The problem of incompleteness A couple of things we’ve picked up on Jesus deals with sin and guilt  -I sort of get that and the objective guilt bit is easy enough but the shame less easy –how do I get on with things when people are still mocking or disowning me.  OkayContinue reading “A last meal with Jesus”

“I know that you seek Jesus”

On Easter Sunday, I wrote about the very first words uttered after the resurrection “Do not be afraid.”  Today I want to draw you to the next thing that the angel said at the time (Matthew 28:5): “I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified” Well, certainly they were looking for the body ofContinue reading ““I know that you seek Jesus””

How are you doing with your worry?

A year ago as we began to move into the first lockdown, I broadcast my first YouTube video “Don’t Worry.” A year on I’ve returned to the them of worry. In the latest video, I talk about 3 voices not to listen to in order to help us avoid anxiety Legalistic Voices Licentious voices SuperstitiousContinue reading “How are you doing with your worry?”

Paul and the mysterious Jesus quote

I picked up on a discussion the other day about Paul’s relationship to the Gospels. The original questioner observed that there was a notorious issue with Paul’s lack of reference to the Gospel accounts in his letters and sermons.  The usual assumption for this is that Paul wrote first with the Gospels coming much laterContinue reading “Paul and the mysterious Jesus quote”

Honey From the Rock

I was a late comer to the mixing of sweet and savoury. I could not wrap my head around the idea of adding bacon to a delicious plate of pancakes and syrup. As for salted caramel, that sounded just plain wrong. However I must concede that it really works. The salt offsets the sugar soContinue reading “Honey From the Rock”

How God shows up in Jesus

I’ve mentioned many times how helpful I’ve found Paul Williams and Barry Cooper’s approach to answering difficult questions helpful.[1] So often when we engage in apologetics we find ourselves wanting to take the person to Jesus and the Cross but find ourselves side tracked by complex apologetics. So I found it liberating when at aContinue reading “How God shows up in Jesus”