Standing up to bullies

How do you deal with bullies in the church, workplace, community, even in your own family? Continue reading

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Whose Agenda …and whose glory?

Abner’s political manoeuvrings and boasting lead to a tragic fall (2 Samuel 3). The man who believed he could deliver the kingdom to David meets a sticky end when Joab avenges his brother’s death. Abner has been the strong man in Israel, the commander of Saul’s army and now the power behind the throne of puppet king, Ishbosheth. Continue reading

Murder (2 Samuel 2-3)

Why is it that although I’ve put my trust in Jesus I find that life s still messy and I still struggle with sin?”

This is a big question, and one that our passage helps us to answer. Continue reading

Blessing the World

Here are my talk notes from Friday morning’s sermon at the Union Conference.  The talk was on the topic “Blessing the World” which is one of Union’s core values. In full this is

“Blessing the world. We join God’s mission to fill the earth with the glory of Jesus as we are led by the Spirit.”

Nb. These are notes only, not a full script. Continue reading

The dilemma you don’t need to have

So, one of the dilemmas people sometimes struggle with when thinking about urban mission is that they want to communicate the Gospel and that means teaching the Bible but that means using words, reading, speaking to the mind and will that end up being intellectual and not speaking to those we want to reach.  Continue reading