Millenium

On Sunday, we discovered that Satan’s power is finite and temporary as we looked at Revelation 20:1-6. This is the primary point that we should take away from those verses. Pastorally this makes it a deeply encouraging passage.

However, as I pointed out in the sermon.

  1. These verses have been the source of controversy over the years as people have debated exactly when and how Satan’s power will be limited
  2. Although we have just a short passage here, people have often decided their interpretation of the book of Revelation and indeed the Bible’s whole teaching on eschatology from these few verses.

In a sermon, I don’t really have the time to unpack all the options, nor do I think that would be the best use of my time. However, it may be that some would like a little bit more background and explanation. So here it is. My plan is to first of all give an overview of the different positions taken and then give a short explanation of why I’ve landed on the interpretation I have. Continue reading

And on the other hand…

A couple of days ago, I explained why I wouldn’t be organising an election hustings. I thought that in the interest of balance I would share some of the reasons why other church leaders will do. You see, whilst I’m not convinced it is the right answer, I also appreciate  the motives listed below and think they are good things to promote. I’d just do it differently! Continue reading

Discerning a Calling – Raising up new leaders

Our “Discerning a Calling” series of articles have mainly focused on the individual considering whether or not to pursue a particular calling. However, there’s also something to be said about our responsibility as church leaders to proactively watch out for people and encourage them to grow in their gifts. Indeed that’s where the primary responsibility lies.[1] Continue reading

The Same God or Different? (Part 2)

“Surely we all worship the same God don’t we?” This is another perspective on the “Which  God?” debate. Is it right for Christians to think of other religions (especially Abrahamic ones) as having essentially the same God. Continue reading

One less god?

“You don’t believe in 3000 gods, I just happen to believe in one less than you.” It’s one of the great claims atheists make against Christianity.[1]  The argument is that there are so many possible options for a god to believe in, what is to say that your god is the true god? What makes your claim stand out above all the others? Continue reading

How do we know what to do?

“What sorts of activities do you think are a priority for your community?” I was asked today. It’s a good question and it links to the question from the other day “Is the local church able to meet the needs of the local community?” Continue reading