She gave everything

How would you react if the preacher asked you to give everything? This isn’t just a hypothetical question because that’s exactly the point I am going to come to!  I suspect that our immediate and natural response will include offence: “How dare he say that!” “He’s acting like those TV preachers.”

Then the honest despair. “I simply cannot give any more time, money, energy. I am exhausted with the busyness of life, I already give so much. There is literally nothing more to give.” Some of us may well even be burdened by this and trying to work out how we can give a bit more. Maybe if we made some sacrifices we will have a little bit more time or money to give if the church needs it. Continue reading

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The Greatest Gift (Christmas Day Message 2017)

Presents

Presents carefully chosen weeks or even months ago, presents quickly bought at the last minute before the shops closed on Christmas Eve, presents searched for that will be just right for a loved one, presents hastily bought for the person who surprised you with a gift, presents hidden away in cupboards, presents wrapped and sitting under the Christmas Tree, Continue reading

Paul’s “Women Problem” and #churchtoo (part 4)

So now we are ready to look at 1 Timothy 2:15 itself. We should be familiar with the text by now:

15 But women will be saved through childbearing, assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.

What does the verse mean?  The meaning of the verse depends upon how we understand three key words, “saved,” “through” and “childbearing.” Continue reading

Paul’s “Women Problem” and #churchtoo (Part 2)

The question we started to answer was this: “What do we do with 1 Timothy 2:15? How does it fit with Paul’s theology?”

1 Timothy 2:15 says:

15 But women will be saved through childbearing,  assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty

To answer the question, we really need to answer 3 questions.

  1. What is Paul’s overall Theology?
  2. What exactly is Paul saying in 1 Timothy 2? How does verse 15 fit into the context?
  3. What exactly does 1 Timothy 2:15 mean?

In this article we are going to look at Paul’s theology. Continue reading

God’s Rescue Plan (Genesis 14)

Do you feel trapped?  What is it that traps you? Circumstances, the pressure of life, addiction? Maybe you are ashamed to acknowledge that you are trapped. You got yourself into the mess. You want to try and sort things out yourself. Maybe you hope you can do that without anyone noticing. Even as you try, you realise you are just getting into a bigger mess.

This talk is all about being rescued. Continue reading