?And so His people are still taught to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. When He strengthens them, it is not by taking away the sense of feebleness, and giving in its place the feeling of strength. By no means. But in a very wonderful way leaving and even […]
Avoiding Responsibility by Pointing Fingers
From?N. T. Wright?s book, After You Believe: ??we who have lived for many generations with the phenomenon of ?denominations? may well sigh and throw up our hands. Our denominations, with all their ambiguities and puzzles, are often rooted in the very kind of ethnic distinctions or personality-based divisions which Paul went out of his way […]
A Victory of Transforming Love
?We must not forget that, in the Roman Empire, Christ won, and won against tremendous odds. He won because the faith in Christ really changed the lives of countless weak men and made them bold as lions. He has taken poor creatures who could not even understand the language of moral philosophy and shaken the […]
Do Our Methods Matter?
A while back, I came across this on Twitter: ?The message is sacred but the method can be changed? (quoting Brian Houston, Pastor of Hillsong Church). If I were to paraphrase what I think he is saying, it might be something like, ?What God says by His Spirit in the scriptures is unchanging, while […]
How to Deal with Obsessive Thoughts
A while back, I read Gabor Mat??s book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. In it, he talks about his work with drug addicts, but also speaks quite transparently about his own addiction to purchasing classical music CDs and obsessive patterns in his thought. One of the great gifts of the book was his suggested […]
Listening: The Right Kind of Hurry
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because our anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in […]
Why Do We Resist Solitude?
I lead many retreats with solitude and silence with God at the heart of them. It feels like a fringe benefit of my ministry role. I love guiding others in vital encounter with an unfailingly loving God. Nothing encourages me more. Along the way, I?ve noticed different kinds of resistance people have to spending time […]