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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Subversive Fulfilment and me

When we talk about the preacher’s preparation we have seen that he must not only exegete God’s Word but also his congregation and vitally himself.

When it comes to the cross-cultural missionary, there is also the need to do something like this. If the missionary engages in “Subversive fulfilment” when engaging with the beliefs of others, then first of all, he needs to do subversive fulfilment on himself. Continue reading

The Prime Minister’s cough and historical reliability

So what exactly happened on Wednesday lunch time? The bare facts are

– The Prime Minister made a speech

– A comedian interrupted with a fake P45 claiming it was from Boris Johnson

– The PM struggled with a severe coughing fit

– She was given  cough sweet by the Chancellor

– Some letters from the slogan fell off the wall. Continue reading

The Truth about God – and why it matters

As well as opinion articles, leadership tips, book reviews and sermon notes, over time on faithroots.net we’ve been looking  the big questions about God, Creation, Humanity and New Creation. We do this because what we believe affects how we live. This means that the big doctrinal questions are important.

We are now coming to the end of our series on “Who is God?”  So this is a good opportunity to stop and sum up the practical implications of what we believe about Him. 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

The same God or Different? (Part 1)

If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck and looks like a duck…. it probably is a duck.

So, when we talk about people believing in a god, do they essentially believe in the same thing? This question has two aspects. On the one hand it can be seen as supporting pluralism and interfaith movements. “We all worship the same God.” On the other hand, it may support the atheist and the agnostic position – all your gods are equally ridiculous and without proof.

This links to our earlier posts about different gods.  What we have seen is that the choice in the end comes down to two options. You either believe that this World is made by a sovereign, eternal, personal God would is transcendent and immanent, or you don’t.

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…and then there’s the great Spaghetti god in the sky

This is linked to my earlier post on whether atheists believe in one less god out of 3ooo than Christians.  The point the atheist is making is that there are all of these so called gods out there with equally competing claims – how do I know that my god is valid?  Every religion claims that its god made the Universe, controls it answers prayer etc.  So, why shouldn’t I, just as plausibly believe in the great spaghetti monster? Continue reading