Healing the blind -a question of timing and location

Jesus is travelling through Jericho and as he is coming out of the city, two blind men cry out to him and ask him to heal them. Continue reading

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Example of the simple Bible Study – John 6:1-21

As I’ve mentioned before, we encourage a very quick and simple 2 stage approach to our Home Group Bible studies. We ask “What is going on?” and then “What does this mean for us?”

Here’s an example of such a Bible study Continue reading

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

Asking God

2 Samuel 2 starts with the statement that David “asked” or “inquired of the Lord.” He was About To make a big strategic move, there would have been a lot of factors to consider including the practicalities of moving, safety, the willingness of his men to move back to Judah at a dangerous point and the politics involved in a statement of intent. However, David’s first concern was to know what God thought. Continue reading

The killing of friendship

In his lament for Saul and Jonathan, David says of his friend:

“How I weep for you, my brother Jonathan!  Oh, how much I loved you! And your love for me was deep, deeper than the love of women!”[1]

Some people have picked up on this verse and the other accounts of David and Jonathan to argue that this is an example of and a Biblical argument for homosexuality.

I want to make two points about this. Continue reading