Lent: Giving up or Gaining all?

Around this time we hear a similar phrase being used in everyday conversation. It usually goes something like this; “what are you giving up for lent?”, “I’m giving up….. for lent”. For many this act of abstinence will normally involve setting aside something which we really enjoy for the allotted time. Common “vice’s” are chocolate, take-away’s, alcohol, TV, even social media. And with great enthusiasm people begin this time of setting aside, but it doesn’t tend to last. What began with zeal tends to tail off after some time (usually 2 days) and what started as a cheeky square of chocolate turns into a massacre of wrappers lying across the table. Continue reading

A Season of Contrasts

Christmas, it is a season of contrasts. On the one hand commercial Christmas is crazy busy for many of us. We are running around trying to prepare everything for everyone and never seem to have enough time to get it done. But on the other hand it can be a time of great sadness and loneliness for others. Our friends and family are no longer present, our job is not as stable as it once seemed, indeed the sounds and sights of the season sometimes repel us. Continue reading

Citizenship Which Lasts

Life can be hard at some points and there will be ups and downs along the way. This is a simple fact which affects all humans indiscriminately. We will all face difficulties and the severity of them will differ from person to person. So what keeps the Christian focused in these times? Or to put it another way, how do we remain faithful to Christ through trials without becoming jaded or cold?  Continue reading

God Will Come: So What?

It has been suggested in the past that Satan’s greatest trick was to convince people that he does not exist. There is an element of truth to this, however I suggest that it needs to be expanded. What people in a western worldview context have been convinced of more fully is that there is no such thing as God’s judgment. And even if there is, “for the sake of hypothetical argument”, then two common objections arise, 1. I’ll be fine because I’m not to shabby 2. I refuse to be held accountable to this God.    Continue reading

Made For Eternity

It seems that so much of life is governed by the overarching framework of transiency. This is something which I’m sure we will all have had connection or experience of in life. Close relationships with friends which are no longer the same. Moving on from a place where we loved to live and have great memories of. The sorrow of death and the finality of losing someone we cared for. Simply getting older and noticing the aging process smiling back at us. Transiency colours the human experience. Continue reading