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Coffee and Colossians 93 – The Word of Christ – Indwelling

Colossians 3:16 talks about the Word of Christ richly dwelling in us. What does that mean? Why does it matter?

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Coffee and Colossians 92 – The Peace of Christ


  1. Hi David, I was going to leave a comment about your recent words on Sinead O’Connor but decided to leave that comment in here instead because it ocurred to me the answer to her plight might lay in today’s podcast. I too have been shaken by her death – largely because she always invoked protective emotions – because of her fragility – despite the angry front. You always had the feeling it wouldn’t end well. The combination of Irish Roman Catholicism and abuse is deeply toxic – and people often reacted in one of two ways – those who perpetuated the oppression and the repression, the toxic religion and the despair and may often even have done so with good intentions – believing they were God’s servants; and those who saw the hypocrisy of calling evil good and who raised the questions but didn’t have the answers either and in an effort to cast off the shackles of control and repression – rebelled wildly and embraced ‘liberty’. I have seen the fruit of that ‘liberty’ result in awful destruction, more pain to self and others and can only say – “there’s a way that seems right to a man but the end of it is death”. The 2 responses are both sides of the same coin. But the same can be true of evangelical Christianity too – in the sense of legalism and abuse. We can present a severe punitive God – or a God who winks at sin and reap the fruit of those misrepresentations. You mentioned that Sinead needed to be brought to Jesus – but would that have instantly melted away her pain and anger? Coming to Jesus through repentance does seal our salvation and for some it seems does melt away hurts, fears and resentments – but for many in Sinead’s position – it isn’t an instant fix for those deep and painful issues. Perhaps as you mention today – her plight would require application of the word of God. She had the full attention and expertise of Dr Phil in the USA and that didn’t fix her. She was a God-seeker – if evangelical theology can permit such a thing – but what type of ‘ground’ she was we cannot say. Churches frequently send the hurt, broken, oppressed, fearful and confused to the secular ‘experts’ to be ‘fixed’ – and it is certain that there – the word of God will not be applied – in fact the ‘religious’ person could be told that their belief in a God is partly mental illness. I am not being unfairly critical of churches to say that we are woefully ill-equipped to deal with the broken. If the application of the word of God is adequate for changing the average Christian – surely it does not fall short to bring about the same changes in more challenging cases? There’s a bit of food for thought to go with your coffee.

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