Did they believe?

One of the hardest situations is when an elderly relative dies and we don’t know if they put their trust in the Lord. A question came up at our youth version of #FirstLook this week. Here’s some quick thoughts. Continue reading

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Why does Satan get released?

A couple of weeks back we were looking at Revelation 19-20.  In that part of John’s vision he sees Christ reigning for 1000 years with his saints and Satan bound and imprisoned so he cannot deceive. However, we are also told that

“Afterward he (Satan) must be released for a little while.”[1] Continue reading

The Big Question- Why Does God allow suffering?

This is probably the biggest and the most challenging of our “Big Questions.” It’s big because it raises philosophical questions about God’s goodness (love, wisdom etc.) and his greatness (sovereignty, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence).

–          Why do good things happen to bad people?

–          How can a God of love tolerate suffering?

–          God is sovereign -can’t stop the suffering

If God is a God of love and a sovereign God then why doesn’t he stop the suffering now?

But it’s also challenging because it’s pastoral.  We are not just asking hypothetical questions. It’s personal: “Why me?” or “Why those I care about?” Continue reading

Can I trust God? ( The Big Question at Easter)

Will God keep his promises? Is God someone I can depend and rely on? Our Easter Big Question was particularly with those in mind who feel that God has let them down. If we believe that God has promised us that we will marry a certain person,  that we will be healed or that we will get the exam grades we need and then that doesn’t happen we may be tempted to doubt God. In fact,  it may well devastate your faith.  Continue reading

Easter 2017


 

 

 

If you live in the Bearwood and Smethwick area, we would love to see you at one of our Easter events next week. There’s plenty of different activities and gatherings to choose from including opportunities for reflection, questions and celebration. The whole family is welcome (from 0-100) and there’s always something for everyone. Our week starts with Nueva Vida on Saturday and continues through to Easter Sunday evening. Continue reading

…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

The problem of Genocide in the Old Testament

We need to start with an honest admission –this is a difficult question.  Some things are tough for us to understand and accept in our culture.  This is both because of Continue reading