The Difference between condemnation and discipline

Both of these words sound tough and painful yet one of them is something that Christians can and should expect for their benefit.  What’s the difference between the two? Continue reading

Victory (Revelation 19-20)

“Come away from her my people, do not take part in her sins?” (Revelation 18:4).

This verse is a call to God’s people to be separate from “Babylon” the code name representing this World’s opposition to God and his people. Continue reading

Plagues (Revelation 15-16)

The crowd are singing noisily “Going up, going up, going up.” Then against the break of play, the opposition striker gets through, one on one against the keeper, he calmly slots the ball into the bottom left corner.”

Silence falls on the ground. Then the away fans begin to chant “You’re not singing anymore” and “You only sing when you’re winning.”

It’s Sunday morning.  We stand to sing. You open your mouth and nothing comes out. You are just too overwhelmed, crushed, weary. How can you sing this morning when there’s so much trouble and uncertainty in the World? How can you sing after the week you’ve had, after your neighbour said what they did to you …and after what you said back?  How can you sing when you think about what is coming up this week -another one of your colleagues is going to be bullied out of their job because they are too old, senior and therefore too expensive? You’ve seen it coming for a while and you know it won’t be long before they come for you. How can you sing when you’ve watched the news and seen a Christian politician bullied by an angry interviewer demanding that they own up to believing something in the Bible that our world considers offensive? There’s another 7 weeks to come of politicians parading their self-interest? 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

It’s Personal

Jesus tells the story of a King who throws a wedding banquet for his son. He invites lots of guests but at the last minute they refuse to come. He invites new guests who come but one turns up not wearing wedding clothes. [1]

Those who didn’t turn up and the one who came improperly dressed seemed to know what they were doing. It was a calculated insult and a show of strength as they rebelled against the King and dishonoured his son. Continue reading

What Kind of Church? – A Forgiven Church (1 Corinthians 6: 1-11)

Introduction – “See you in court”

Imagine two Christians falling out maybe over something petty – and taking it to court.  We would be shocked. Continue reading

What kind of church? A Discerning Church (1 Corinthians 4)

Discernment is about making judgements about people and plans.  How we do it?  Well, contemporary society tells us that “the consumer is king.” It’s for us as customers to decide what is best for us, what we are worth, whether that’s about objects (cars, houses, TVs. Tablets etc), relationships or entertainment.  Saturday night TV invites us to sit back on our sofas and judge as an line up of singers, comedians, dancers and the occasional performing dog are paraded in front of us for us to judge like gladiators before the Emperor.  Continue reading