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The Ultimate Christmas Present

 

So what are you going to buy him for Christmas? That one person in your life who is impossible to buy for? It’s always a “him” isn’t it? Women are easy to buy for, but men … impossible! Another pair of socks, or a bottle of wine, or a BBQ spatula …

The Rise and Rise of Islam

 

Many Christians are torn in knowing how to respond to the rise and rise of Islam. The apparent Islamisation of our societies driven by fundamentalists and extremists; the terror which is knocking so loudly at our doors and yet, the many moderate Muslims who have nothing to do with what is going on.

On the one hand, we don’t want to be bigoted; on the other we feel a deep sense of unease and foreboding at what appears to be an inexorable march towards a future that looks every bit as unpleasant, as it does unavoidable.

Disasters: An Opportunity to Experience God’s Power

 

Well, today (1 September 2014) is a very special day. It’s exactly ten years since I recorded the first, weekly 30 minute “Christianityworks” Radio message.  We give God all the glory for His faithfulness over that time, and there are some very important lessons that we’ve learned along the way.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

 

Have you ever felt as though it’s a case of one step forward, two steps back? You’re trying hard, but not only are you going nowhere, you seem to be going backwards. Just brilliant! Well, when you’re in that place, here are 5 things to remember, to get you heading back in the right direction again.

The Missional Power of Generosity

 

If I were to ask you, “How much does the Bible talk on the subject of generosity,” what would your answer be? Just a little, a moderate amount, or a lot? If you went with either of those first two options, you’d be way off the mark. In fact, there are more verses on generosity, than on faith, hope and love combined.

And there’s a reason for that:

A Happy Mother’s Day?

 

All the advertising and hype that surrounds Mother’s Day – well, it’s about soft fluffy slippers, pink dressing gowns, happy, well-adjusted children bouncing in on Mum’s bed on Sunday morning, with the very present that she’s been wanting. And that’s all great. But what if … your relationship with your mother ain’t all that the advertising industry tells you it should be?

Christ is Risen … or is He?

 

With all the hurly-burly of modern life, it’s hard sometimes to relate to the goings on of that Passover Festival in Jerusalem. You know, that one! The one during which they crucified Jesus.

One New Project – What Are You Building?

 

I am a firm believer that at any point in time, each of us needs to have one significant new project on the go. Not 3 or 4 (impossible). Not zero (lazy). Just one. Here’s why.
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Christmas – A Family Affair?

 

As we head to Christmas, New Year and for us in the Southern Hemisphere, summer holidays, our thoughts turn very much to spending time with our families. All the ads on the TV use happy, well-adjusted families as the backdrop – smiling kids and teenagers; happy mums and dads, silver-haired grandparents – as their backdrops to advertise everything from Christmas hampers, to BBQs to suntan lotion.

How Relevant is Your Church?

 

Here’s a disturbing thought.  None of the churches that the Apostle Paul planted in the 1st century are still in existence.  Go to Turkey (one of the key hubs of Paul’s church planting ministry) and you’ll be taken to ruins, but not to any live, vibrant, living, breathing churches planted by Paul.

Why?