Reacting to the Royal Wedding Sermon -What’s to like?

So, some people were excited and encouraged by what they heard in the Bishop’s sermon and I’m not just talking about those who found all the stuff about love and fire, especially in the hands (or mouth) of a moving orator uplifting.

I’m talking about those who said -the Gospel was there.

So, if you are going to critique the sermon, don’t miss this. Continue reading

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God doesn’t need me to change his mind – and that’s a good thing

Remember that age old question about whether or not God ever changes his mind and the case study of Abraham interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah/ Lot? Well it came up during our fantastic and lively Faithroots Live session yesterday.

The assumption is that God plans to wipe out the city and this means Lot, Abraham’s nephew will be killed. This moves Abraham to intercede for Lot and the result is that his life is saved. Continue reading

Seeing God’s Glory (New Year Message)

“Did I not tell you that if you believe, you would see God’s Glory” (John 11:40)

I chose this verse for our midnight service because of two reasons. First of all, some of you have been face to face with death this year, you’ve stood by the graveside, attended thanksgiving services, been there at the Crematorium. Some of you have witnessed death metaphorically, you’ve suffered and grieved, you’ve let go. Here in John 11, Jesus arrives at Lazarus’ grave. Along the way he gets stopped by mourners ” If you had come sooner…” As he weeps, they comment “He opened the eyes of the blind, why didn’t he act here?” Maybe you identify with that sentiment. Why couldn’t Jesus have acted sooner, why if God is great didn’t he sort it? 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

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

Learning to Enjoy God: When an Alcoholic meets the good God

When we came to Methuselah, the alcoholic, we intuitively went to Ephesians 5:18:

“Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Here we see that being filled with the Spirit is contrasted – not compared – with being drunk on wine.  I think that one of the key things here is that for Methuselah, being filled with the Spirit, walking closely with God every day, learning to live under total submission to the Lord is meant to give him a taste of something that will give deep, lasting satisfaction in a way that no craving or addiction can. Continue reading

Love Rivalry and Relationships: Dating Non-Christians and the Doctrine of God

Remember Juliet? We met her at the coffee shop where she was looking longingly into the eyes of Romeo, her work colleague. In conversation, it comes out that Continue reading