We’ve been thinking about how we can live faithfully now in a world full of evil, suffering and temptation. How can we continue to trust God through trials and troubles? How can we resist temptation? How can we keep going? Continue reading
A speaker at our CPI Urban Midlands Hub recently touched on the challenged of mobility amongst urban communities. They commented that at one point they were part of a church where they said that every year they had to grow by 30% to stay the same size. In other words, they saw about 1/3 of the congregation move on every year. Continue reading
If the world at times seems cruel, unjust and ungodly, it’s not a new phenomenon. If Governments seem to legislate against God’s Law and the markets encourage greed and selfishness then there is nothing new under The Sun. If our culture encourages sexual immorality, the objectification of women and the sexualisation of youngsters then its only following age old traditions. Continue reading
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
A couple of days ago, I explained why I wouldn’t be organising an election hustings. I thought that in the interest of balance I would share some of the reasons why other church leaders will do. You see, whilst I’m not convinced it is the right answer, I also appreciate the motives listed below and think they are good things to promote. I’d just do it differently! Continue reading