The barrier of self-sufficiency (Mark 10:17-31)

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A man comes to Jesus and asks him how we can receive eternal life.  We discover three important things about the man Jesus is keen for this man to receive what his heart desires, eternal life.  So, he does two things.  First of all, he challenges the man’s understanding of goodness. The man has given… Continue reading The barrier of self-sufficiency (Mark 10:17-31)

Let the children come (Mark 10:13-16)

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Parents are bringing their children to meet Jesus, for him to bless them. His disciples try to turn them away. They think that Jesus is too busy and too important to be bothered with children. He’s got real teaching to do with adults, he’s got followers to gather. He’s in the business of casting out… Continue reading Let the children come (Mark 10:13-16)

The unhappy narcissist

Yesterday I wrote about the happy narcissist. We can assume that narcissists will be happy people, so caught up in the wonder of their own beauty and brilliance and enjoying the good things that come their way. However, not all narcissists are happy. Indeed, yesterday we saw that they are not truly happy because true… Continue reading The unhappy narcissist

The happy narcissist

It’s not too difficult to spot a narcissist. They are the ones who believe that the world revolves around them. They have an excessively high view of their own importance and abilities.  Now, to be clear narcissism should not be confused with confidence.  It is possible to have a natural confidence and awareness of your… Continue reading The happy narcissist

Why we should embrace failure

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In a previous article I started to look at the question of failure.  Here I want to offer x good reasons for why we as believers and particularly church leaders should embrace failure. What happens if we refuse to encounter failure? First, if I don’t embrace the reality of failure then I am unlikely to… Continue reading Why we should embrace failure

Jesus is not ashamed of me

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“he is not ashamed to call them brothers”[1] In those words, I find one of the greatest answers to the problem of shame. If I belong to Christ, I no longer need to feel shame because the view of the one person that counts is that he is not ashamed of me. Jesus chooses to… Continue reading Jesus is not ashamed of me