Over the next few weeks I will be in China and I am really looking forward to it. While I am away I aim to keep a bit of a journal about my time there, so the posts will be a little different to what I would normally produce. So here goes…. Continue reading
“Glorious things of you are spoken, O city of God” (Psalm 87:3)
Cities are fascinating places. They are usually very busy and full of noise. People gather together to socialise, to work, to explore and to create a sense of identity for themselves. And in the midst of these activities a culture is formed uniting the various threads of diversity that the city attracts to itself. Continue reading
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
As the kingdom of God is growing and the gospel is expanding across the world it is important that we continually look at what we are doing and why we are doing it. For centuries the “western” world, particularly Europe, has been viewed as the crucible of the church. However this has changed dramatically during the course of the 20th Century bringing with it a more than western future for the church and therefore global mission. Here are 6 thoughts on how we respond to this major shift.
Waking up that morning would have been the same as any other day. The conflict had been raging on for the last few years and life had to carry on. For many of the ordinary Japanese citizens in Hiroshima that day would be their last. Unknown to them the devastating destructive force of nuclear weapons would be unleashed for the first time before the eyes of an onlooking world.
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