Sabbatical: Refreshment, Reading and Visiting

So my sabbatical started a week ago. On the advise of a few people, I didn’t dive straight into study but took time this week to pause and reflect. This meant enjoying quite a bit of time with the phone off and away from email.  You know, life can be quite peaceful without email!

We spent a few days down in Kent. Sarah’s sister has just had a baby boy and so we got to spend a bit of time with the family. This also meant a visit to Rochester Baptist Church where I spent 10 years as a member before going to Oak Hill.

It was encouraging to see that the church is still growing. Every time we return we realise that there are more people that we don’t know. I would say that the majority of church members are people we wouldn’t remember and who wouldn’t remember us from when we lived in Kent. That’s a good thing. Continue reading

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The Art of Meditation

One of our elders prayed on Sunday night that people would be able to anchor their lives in reality. How do we do that in a world of fake news? How do we do that in church when it is so tempting to suspect and think the worst of others? How do we do that in the storms and chaos of life? How do we do that in the face of the devil’s lies?

We consistently talk on faithroots.net about the importance of replacing lies with truth. The simplest way of doing that is found in Psalm 1:2 which says of the righteous or blessed person that

Their delight is in the Law of the Lord, they mediate on it day and night.

We replace lies with truth when we meditate on God’s Word. What does it mean to meditate? Biblical meditation is not about emptying your mind and thinking about nothing. It is about choosing to focus on the truth of Scripture.

Here are some practical ways of doing this. Continue reading