It was welcome back to Britain with a bang today…..lots of things to catch up on and then a most distressing and disturbing conversation on Facebook. I share one part of it with you because to me it profoundly illustrates why the church in the UK (and probably the US) is in so much trouble…and I mean the evangelical church. On the one hand we … Continue reading The Anti-Reformation in Todays Evangelical Church
Light Engaging Darkness no. 11 1) Las Vegas Shooting – As I write America is waking up to the horror of yet another mass killing by a gunman. A 64-year-old Nevada man, Stephen Paddock, killed at least 58 people attending a country music concert in Las Vegas. Unfortunately there were those who were quick to make judgments and pronouncements. ISIS claimed that Mr. Paddock … Continue reading LED 11 – Las Vegas Shooting – Catalonia – Teddy Taylor – Runrig – Transgender Sperm Frozen – Art for Dogs Sake – Lidl Leaves out the Cross – Africa’s Green Wall – Luther’s Quote
Last Sunday I preached on Romans 2:17-19 – Circumcision of the Heart . It was part of an infant dedication service for Timothy Harrison, son of Graham and Michelle and brother of Ben. Let me explain why we do this. We are a Presbyterian Church and we believe in covenant baptism which includes the infants of believers. I wrote about this Baptism – A personal Journey in … Continue reading Infant Dedication, Heart Circumcision and One of the Best three Sermons ever preached!
As a minister I’m fed up of ministry. I’m fed up of hearing about people’s ministries. I’m fed up with ministry prayer/fundraising letters. I’m fed up of thinking about my own ministry. What’s the problem? Of course in one sense it’s wonderful to have a ministry. Wonderful to have an identity as a great preacher, praise leader, missionary, Sunday school teacher, youth worker, or even an ‘apostolic ministry leading the people of God into an awesome powerful new kingdom experience’. But there is something deeply worrying about this. And I believe that the Church in the West, needs to beware of the dangers of ministry being made a god. On reflection I think this is a world wide problem – given the number of messages I receive from African, Asian and American brothers and sisters who want to tell me about their wonderful ministries and how I need to support them in order to advance the kingdom of Christ. We need to watch out for the idolatry of ministry.
Did Paul have a ‘Ministry’?
It is true that the apostle Paul made much of his ministry as the apostle to the Gentiles (Romans 11:13) and that God has called people within his church into specific ministries. But I wonder whether we reflect the biblical pattern, or whether we have adopted a more individualistic, market driven, self focused approach that runs counter to the New Testament? Continue reading “The god of ministry and the ministry of God”
A New Years Wish List for the Church in Scotland in 2014 “No greater mischief can happen to a Christian people, than to have God’s word taken from them, or falsified, so that they no longer have it pure and clear. God grant we and our descendants be not witnesses of such a calamity.” (Luther – Table Talk). As I prepare to head for … Continue reading A New Years Wish List for the Church in Scotland