Christ’s Commission to Christian Believers

Jesus commissioned his disciples, and through them, all Christian believers, to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (Mt 28:19 – “The Great Commission”) This does […]

Faking It

Do you ever feel reluctant to come to church because you know that people will cheerily ask “how are you?”, but you don’t want to have to answer them because you’re really feeling terrible… And you know you’ll feel compelled to put on an equally cheery “Christian smile”, and say, “I’m really fine, thanks!”? I […]

Box of Favourites

The Bible says, “God does not show favouritism”. (Ro 2:11) This is in the context of Paul showing how every human being – everyone of us, no matter who we are, are all considered equally sinful by God. God’s commands are to love Him with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength, and to […]

Wars and Rumours of Wars

Jesus spoke of when we hear of “wars and rumours of wars” (Mt 24:6). We’ve certainly got both going on in the world at the moment.  Such events are signs that we need to take notice of. But contrary to popular opinion, they are not signs that the end of history is about to come. […]

The Weeping Song

The Bible presents us with some hard reading at points! One place is Psalm 137. The people cry out terrible words of vengeance about their enemies. These were written by God’s people when their homes had been destroyed, many killed, and many others taken into forced exile by the Babylonians. The fact that those thoughts […]

Royal Splendour

Members of the British Commonwealth, including many who are republicans, found themselves transfixed by the splendour of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. It was a weighty event that exerted a global gravity. Queen Elizabeth possessed a royal glory; however, her life indicated that it was a borrowed glory. As was clear from the Christian funeral […]

The Worst Human Being

The Psalm writer says, ‘The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile:….’, and that these same ones are ‘evildoers who know nothing’. (Ps 14:1,4) We might be tempted to say to ourselves, “that’s about what we’d expect form atheists”! But – get ready to choke on our […]

Spring In the Air

The first warm days of spring have arrived with everything outside singing with new life. That newness is brought into our homes by “spring cleaning”. Homes are turned upside down by cleaning out cupboards, taking things apart, cleaning and scouring. We reach into every dark corner of our homes in order to make them presentable, fresh, and […]

Rivers of Water

The Rhine River is drying up. Who’d have thought it! Barges and boats are now high and dry in many places. And it’s the same across Europe and Asia. The Yangtse River is doing the same! Water = life. Explorations towards human life possibly being sustained on the moon or Mars all hinge on them […]

Public Truth

Sometimes people say, “My faith is just between me and God”. Jesus said, if you have a faith, let it shine from the rooftops! (Mt 5:14-16). God called His prophets to speak His truth to the nations (Jer 1:4), and we Christians are to be a prophetic community (Acts 2:17). This doesn’t mean that the church is […]