Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Do Not Be Afraid

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear...' 1 John 4:18a

People are steadily becoming more afraid. Recent worldwide events have increased fear levels among many of us, causing us to question and doubt our own safety. More than this it has created ever greater fear of 'the other' or 'neighbour', generating within us a suspicious gaze at those who we perceive to be not like us. As I have said before, the 'neighbour' is those we are least like, prejudiced towards and afraid if.

The onslaught in our media and the rhetoric from our government would keep us bound and gagged in fear. There is no greater way to control people than to keep them afraid, uninformed and ignorant of the truth.



Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Baptist Assembly 2015

In May I spoke at the Baptist Assembly. I was asked to address those who were being commissioned for ministry, to share with them something of what I've learned during my time in ministry.

Because I don't use notes I can't give you the word for word transcript, but below should be something along the lines of what I preached.



'This day you are being commissioned and validated in the ministry that God has called you to, prayed for and sent out as ambassadors of the Gospel, this Gospel that has been testified to through history.

And the one thing I know a little more now that I wish I knew when I started in ministry that I want to pass on to you this evening is this…

Monday, 8 June 2015

Tony Campolo and Same-Sex Marriage

Tony Campolo has released a statement regarding same-sex marriage.


In it he says, '...I have done my best to preach the Gospel, care for the poor and oppressed, and earnestly motivate others to do the same. Because of my open concern for social justice, in recent years I have been asked the same question over and over again: Are you ready to fully accept into the Church those gay Christian couples who have made a lifetime commitment to one another?'

He then goes on to say,

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Why Does Jesus Matter? Part Two

The Gospels describe Mary Magdalane (one of Jesus followers) going to the tomb in order to anoint his body with oils as was customary for Jewish burials.  However, when she gets there the large stone covering the entrance has been rolled away and the tomb is empty. After making this discovery she goes to tell the men what she has seen and they in turn go and look for themselves.

Now an empty tomb is not enough to suddenly make these scared and confused disciples who had locked themselves away behind closed doors into a bold and fearless movement declaring that Jesus is Lord.



But what did it mean to call Jesus Lord?

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Why Does Jesus Matter? Part One

I have become ever more aware recently that whilst I might talk about the Christian faith and its significance, there are probably many people who I know who are actually not sure why Christians believe Jesus to be so important not only personally but also historically.

So the next couple of posts will simply explain why Jesus matters. It will not say everything that could be said about Jesus or the Christian faith in any way, shape or form, but hopefully it will give you some kind of insight into who Jesus is and why Easter is so important. It might be that after you read these posts you then want to dig further for yourself and find out more, but for now I hope these couple of posts will, at the very least, give you something to think through.



In the Bible there are four Gospels written that narrate to us the life of Jesus. They describe the life of Jesus, from his birth in a cattle shed through to his resurrection from the dead. Each one tells us the life of Jesus from a different perspective, some borrowing from the other, some unique in their telling.  What is clear from each is that in Jesus a unique event has occurred whereby God has come to dwell among human beings as a living person.