Skin Deep? Love your enemies

A man comes to Jesus and asks him “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus asks him what the law says. He responds with the two greatest commandments “Love God” and “Love your neighbour.”  Jesus confirms that he has answered correctly. The man however isn’t satisfied. “Who is my neighbour?” He asks. ThenContinue reading “Skin Deep? Love your enemies”

Skin Deep? What if we took Jesus seriously about divorce?

Jesus says: 31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. As you can see, the culture of his day saidContinue reading “Skin Deep? What if we took Jesus seriously about divorce?”

Lockdown -an opportunity to relearn how we do forgiveness and reconciliation

Lockdown -an opportunity to relearn how we do forgiveness and reconciliation In Sunday’s Zoom talk I talked about moving from submitting to the ruler of this world to submitting to Christ.  One aspect of this was that we should move from holding onto bitterness and hate to learning to show compassion and forgiveness. This ledContinue reading “Lockdown -an opportunity to relearn how we do forgiveness and reconciliation”

Food from around the Worldwide Web (12th June 2020)

The Gospel Demands that we grow multi-ethnic churches that overcome ethnic division “It is of vital importance that we allow the gospel to have it’s full intended effect of growing multi-racial communities of love and acceptance.” But why do black lives matter? Chipo Muwowo writes movingly of his own experience of racism and shows howContinue reading “Food from around the Worldwide Web (12th June 2020)”

The danger of identity politics to love and truth

It is rare to get unity amongst bishops. So what prompted an outbreak of unity this week? Was it a join statement of the good news of the Gospel, maybe they stepped up to do their own version of The Blessing video (now that would be something worth going viral)? Maybe they had met urgentlyContinue reading “The danger of identity politics to love and truth”

God is love and God is Trinity

This is an extract from “Who is God?” available from our publications page. In Matthew 3, when Jesus gets baptised, we see the Father speaking and the Holy Spirit hovering over Jesus in the appearance of a dove. In other words The Trinity is present. So what does it mean for Christians to believe thatContinue reading “God is love and God is Trinity”

A Code to live by?

The long running hit US drama NCIS revolves around the central character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Gibbs is both a hero and a troubled soul. Before joining the federal agency, he had been in the marines and whilst on active service left his wife Shannon and daughter Kelly at home. One day, he returned from dutyContinue reading “A Code to live by?”

Love is not an excuse to tolerate and cover up abuse

Yesterday, I wrote about what love is not. This is because sometimes people use the concept of love to manipulate victims to continue living with abuse and without justice. I want to explore that a bit further today because one of the arguments used is that this is part of a wife’s responsibility to submitContinue reading “Love is not an excuse to tolerate and cover up abuse”

Healthy Church – marks that flow out from the one mark (love)

I argued in a previous post that when looking to see if a church is healthy, there is one essential, governing mark presented in the Bible and that is love. A few years back, Mark Dever wrote “9 Marks of a Healthy Church.” In it he proposed a list of marks that were important toContinue reading “Healthy Church – marks that flow out from the one mark (love)”