BIBLE READING: Psalm 119:65-72 TEXT: You are good and you do what is good; teach me your decrees (Psalm 119:68). In the previous chapter we talked about God’s thoughts and plans being good for us. That immediately raises the questions we now face in this chapter – which some people think are the most difficult questions of all. If God is good then why do … Continue reading God and Suffering – A.S.K 14
I recently heard a speaker who I thought was excellent – what he said was biblical, clear and passionate. The audience loved it….but I struggled. And here’s the problem – I couldn’t work out why. There was just something that did not connect for me. I have been trying to identify the problem. Was it just me? The speaker was excellent and everyone else … Continue reading What’s Wrong With the World?
READING: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 TEXT: … for, ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’ But we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Why does it matter what God thinks? This is the type of question that shows that the questioner is not really thinking, or does not really know what they are asking. It’s good that God is … Continue reading The Mind of God – A.S.K 13
Norwich Cathedral has found a novel way to get into the news. As reported throughout the press, the Cathedral installed a Helter Skelter in order to attract people. “It’s certainly not a gimmick – its fun but it’s meant to get people thinking about the meaning of life”. Whilst I have no qualms with anyone ‘having fun’ and struggle with the concept of sacred … Continue reading A Tale of Two Cathedrals.
Brothers and Sisters, I started off calling these letters, Letters from Exile, but I’ve decided to change that – because it does sound as though I have been banished to a penal colony – the image that many Brits still have of Australia. We think of it as a far away place ‘down under’. It amazed me to read Augustine speaking of Australia! As early … Continue reading Madame Butterfly – (Letter from Australia 2)
It’s so simple isn’t it? If only God made himself clear then of course we would believe in him! Why wouldn’t we? So it must be his fault in hiding away from us. It’s like he’s playing mind games with us – expecting us to figure it all out. The words in our text are spoken by a friend of Job called Zophar. You know … Continue reading A.S.K 9 – Finding God
This weeks Quantum – from Boris Johnson to Alice Cooper…. Boris – Boris – What should the Christian Response Be Alasdair Campbell – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-4Cfiykd90 at 3:50 Jonathan Haidt https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/from-protests-to-trigger-warnings-the-creeping-threats-to-free-speech-at-our-universities-20190724-p52ac7.html Communion on the Moon (USA) – https://hope1032.com.au/stories/faith/2019/the-day-astronaut-buzz-aldrin-took-communion-on-the-moon/ Gary Lineker (UK) – https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/07/why-has-gary-lineker-been-appointed-a-visiting-fellow-at-oxford/ Reformation Defaced (Switzerland) – http://evangelicalfocus.com/cities/4602/Vandalism_against_the_wall_of_the_Reformers_in_Geneva?fbclid=IwAR3TXq5MrNUxZrHzdtnUYnlkZ5p6L6ET_-ZHSg04vKE5AOmG_sMvKNaQtlo Trans. https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/07/19/canadas-bizarre-trans-waxing-controversy/ Wondering what’s on children’s TV shows these days? Well, @cbbc(from @BBC) is “informing” your young children that hormone blockers … Continue reading Quantum 52 -Boris; Alaister Campbell; Communion on the Moon; Gary Lineker; Yuval Harari; Trans waxing; Alice Cooper
“O that God would gie us, the gift to see ourselves as others see us” (Burns). “And those things when we hear, let us also make open show of our defects, but of our excellencies let us say nothing. Or if the opportunity force it upon us, let us speak of them with reserve and impute the whole to God’s grace.” (Chrysostom) The above words … Continue reading Onward Christian Soldier – The Scottish Daily Mail
BIBLE READING: Genesis 1:1-23 TEXT: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters (Genesis 1:1-2). One of the big problems that many young people face is when they are told something is what ‘Christianity’ teaches – when it … Continue reading A.S.K 7 – The Big Bang
It was a strange experience to do Ask Any Bible Question from Sydney this evening. We really do live in a remarkable world when people in the UK can have a live phone in from Sydney – without any delay. The questions were varied as usual…ranging from blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, contradictions about judgement, praying to the Spirit, why did the angel specifically mention … Continue reading Ask Any Bible Question – Premier Christian Radio – July 2019