If God offered you anything you wanted in this world, anything at all, what would you ask for? Tough question. Takes a bit of thinking about. A new car? A bigger house? Good health? A long life? There are so many things to choose from. What would you choose?Read More
Well, my last blog post – Why I Don’t Believe in Tithing – certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons, with some lively discussion to and fro – which is awesome. Some people of course remain unconvinced – they see tithing as an important part of being a Christian.
I don’t, because I believe that grace opens the door to a whole new level of giving. A “New Covenant” alternative if you like, to the legalism of the tithe. Here’s what I’m talking about …Read More
When I told people at my church that this Sunday, I was going to preach a message called “Why I Don’t Believe in Tithing” – well, you can imagine! A few people were a bit twitchy about that.
But the long and the short of it is that I don’t believe in tithing. At least not the sort of tithing that much of the church teaches us about. Here’s why:Read More
You expect a bit of death and carnage when you go to see a Batman movie – but on the screen, not in the seats and on the floor of the cinema. Who would ever have thought – these people were on a great night out. 12 murdered. Some 60 injured. Lives lost. Families torn apart. Grieving fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, children …Read More
You can’t have missed the fact that the Poms have been out in the dismal London rain (I believe they call it “summer”) celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. And if there’s one thing the Poms know how to do – it’s pomp and ceremony.
But all that celebrating got me to thinking. What would our world look like if those of us who are subjects of the King of Kings, celebrated Him, the way the British are celebrating their Queen?Read More
Of course she’s gonna love the flowers.
But there’s something else she’d much rather have this Mother’s Day.
More than a quick phone call or an email. More than a special lunch, a box of chocolates or bunch of flowers. More even, than a surprise visit.
Much more …Read More
I’m not much into my own birthday. But today I turn 53. Amazing!
Where have the years gone?
As I woke up early again this morning – around 3:30 am (something I’ve been doing my mother tells me since I was born – lucky mum!!) I just realised again – afresh and anew – what an incredible blessing it is just to draw breath; what an awesome blessing it is just to be alive. (I wonder whether amidst the hustle and bustle of life, that’s not something that you and I forget all too often!)
And – as it always does when I read it – this passage of Scripture warmed my heart. May it remind you too, what an awesome blessing it is today, just to be alive:Read More