“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8)
God’s word is very clear that no matter who we are or where we come from we are all people who are in a very desperate situation. Our attitude towards God has been one of disobedience and our condition before God is spiritual deadness (2:1-3). Continue reading
Recently there have been a series of books released by the Keswick convention seeking to deal with important aspects of christian life and ministry. Mission Matters follows in this series and does not disappoint. Like many of the books written by Tim Chester (author and church leader from Sheffield) it is readable, reliable and thought provoking. Continue reading
With the rise of secularism in Scotland, and the western world in general, there has been a concurrent agenda forced upon the church or indeed any faith group. Its origins were simple enough and the spread of it has been infectious; faith or belief are not things which should be discussed outside of the private sphere. Continue reading
When I was a child one of my favourite things to do was to help plant trees, flowers and assorted growing things in the garden. This involved a lot of digging. You needed to prepare the ground ready to plant. The correct tools were essential. Finding the right place to start digging was another key factor (at age 5 I always had guidance). Digging was sometimes hard work, it was often messy but it was always rewarding.
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
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