Imagine that God had given us a hymn book? – one with his words. One that revealed his character. One that expresses our emotions and hearts in words that the Holy Spirit inspires. One that speaks of and to Christ. One that is traditional, modern, post-modern and contemporary. One that is praise, lament, confession, rejoicing, individual and collective. The hymn book that Jesus used. What … Continue reading The Prayer of the Weak and the Joy of Singing Psalms
“Does God call me to belong to a local church where the Word of God is not being taught?” That was one of the questions I have often been asked. I hope to have an occasional series looking at these kind of questions. To some the answer to this particular question is so obvious that they think even the question is daft. But life … Continue reading Does God Call Me to Belong to a Local Church where the Word of God is not being Taught?
Last weeks Ten ‘Prophecies’ for Society/Culture in 2017 have already had a partial fulfilment. Israel, Trump and the SNP ruling out a second Indy Ref in 2017. But how will the Church of Jesus Christ fare in this coming year? Only the Lord knows. However I like to think ahead and watch trends. So here goes 1) The C of S and C of E in the … Continue reading Ten Prophecies re the Church in 2017
Things did not look good for the church at the beginning of the 2nd Century. John was in exile on the waterless island of Patmos. All the other apostles were dead. Jesus hadn’t returned. The Roman Emperor had decided to make Christians the scapegoat for every ill. False teachers, heresies and compromisers plagued the churches. Those who argued ‘cheer up and smile, things could be … Continue reading What Should the Church be doing in 2017? Jesus’s Plan is…..
Free Church National Day of Prayer – Nov 30th 2016 As I post this I am watching news of a most extraordinary event – the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA. Whatever this will lead to, the only appropriate Christian response is prayer. The Free Church has called a national day of prayer – not because of the American election, but … Continue reading Time for Prayer…..
Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World This weeks column in Christian Today continuing the series on Revelation Christ’s seventh letter to the seventh church (Laodicea) is the best known and yet the most shocking (Revelation 3:14-22). The imagery is stunning. Holman Hunt’s famous picture ‘The Light of the World’ is based upon verse 20, which in turn has been used millions of times by evangelists inviting … Continue reading The Healthy Church that Makes Jesus Sick
This weeks column in Christian Today If the Holy Spirit was taken away from the church in the West today, 90 per cent of what we do would carry on as if nothing had happened! It’s a saying I remember hearing years ago – and I suspect it’s still true. Have you ever had the experience of going into a church and noting that despite the … Continue reading How do we know when a Church is Dead? Revelation – no.6
This was published on the Christian Today website – click Here for the original. North Carolina’s “bathroom law” positioned the state at the centre of a debate over equality, privacy and religious freedom. What are the primary virtues of our culture? Diversity, inclusivity, equality and tolerance. That’s what progressive society is all about. But is it? It is a demonstrable fact of modern life that in … Continue reading The Tolerant Church – Christian Today Revelation Series – 5
My latest column in the Revelation series on Christian Today has already caused a furore and a storm of abuse and outrage from ‘Christians’ who accuse me of not loving or bringing the teaching of Jesus. Ironically in so doing they prove the point of the article, that much of the Christian church has become hopelessly compromised and confused. You can read the original column Here … Continue reading We Shall Overcome – The Compromising Church – (Revelation 2:12-17)
Thomas Rainer’s blog is one of the most read in the US Christian world. I am a subscriber and often find what he writes interesting and informative. Yesterday however something he wrote recently caught the eye – it was provocatively entitled 15 Reasons why your Pastor should not visit much I read it and it set a whole chain of thoughts going in my head. And … Continue reading The Pastor as Chief Visitor – An Answer to Thomas Rainer