Politics: A How-To For Christians

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The last few weeks have been tumultuous for us as a nation. The results of our referendum on EU membership have polarised people, and turned most people on social media into politicians overnight. During the referendum campaign I was very careful not to post about my views on the subject. As a church leader I […]

How Can a Good God Condemn People to Hell?

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“How can a good God condemn people to Hell?” It’s one of the biggest questions people have about Christianity, and it’s a perfectly valid question to ask. We all have an in-built sense of justice. From an early age we are aware of things being fair or unfair. That same sense of justice leads us to […]

Why Atheism Requires More Faith Than Christianity

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“Don’t talk to me about religion or politics,” say many Facebook status updates. It’s interesting that many people express this desire to avoid talking about two topics which have the potential to affect their lives in a significant way. Last week I was at a shop and got talking to the man behind the desk […]

The Discipline of Spiritual Stubbornness

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The latter months of 2015 were quite challenging for many of us. As a church, we experienced the loss of two wonderful men who had been part of our church family, both through cancer. At the same time, two other members of our church family had serious accidents, resulting in them both being hospitalised and […]

3 ‘Radical’ Things Jesus Taught: Part 3

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Being a Jesus-follower is a big commitment. It requires us to set aside our preferences for how we might want to live our lives, in favour of Jesus’ way. This is the third post of a three part series called “3 ‘Radical’ Things Jesus Taught”, in which I’ve looked at elements of Jesus’ teaching which […]

3 ‘Radical’ Things Jesus Taught: Part 2

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As Christians, we are called to be disciples of Jesus. At a very basic level what that means is that we are supposed to emulate him in our own lives; we are supposed to become like him. Becoming like Jesus is not easy – after all, he lived a perfect life. There are some parts […]

3 ‘Radical’ Things Jesus Taught: Part 1

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Recently I’ve been re-reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan. It’s a great book, I highly recommend it. Chan talks passionately about the all-encompassing love which God has for each of us. As I was reading, it prompted me to reflect very honestly on my life and ask myself, “Am I just saying that I want […]

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3 Things Jesus Never Said

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This morning I looked at Twitter, as I do every morning. I always like to have a little glance at the trending topics of the day. Usually, there’s nothing much that catches my eye, but today was different. #ThingsJesusNeverSaid is trending today, so I thought I’d have a look at it. It’s the kind of […]