Monthly Archives: June 2016

Journey’s end

Psalm 23 Life can be thought of as a journey. It has a beginning, an end, and a (hopefully) long period in between during which we are often faced with choices. Where do I want to go? Which turning should … Continue reading

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Messy church: Worldly wisdom

I Corinthians 2:1-5 When Paul first arrived in Corinth, it was the largest city he had yet visited (250,000 inhabitants), a city with a fearsome reputation for immorality. Humanly speaking, he seemed to have little prospect of success. The opposition … Continue reading

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Love hurts: the prosperity trap

Hosea 12:7-14 The Israelites regarded their wealth as a sign of God’s approval, when actually it had been acquired through oppression and exploitation (verse 7). Thus they convinced themselves that all was well, when the very opposite was the case. … Continue reading

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Messy church: Superiority complex

I Corinthians 1:26-31 What a privilege it is to belong to God! But this joyous truth can easily become twisted to imply that we are somehow especially deserving of God’s favour – otherwise He would not have chosen us. Israel … Continue reading

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Thinking in the past

When I became a Christian as a teenager (over forty years ago, now), one of the things I had to endure was my atheist father’s anti-religious tirades. Religion was the cause of all war… the Church was filthy rich and … Continue reading

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Messy church: Disunity

I Corinthians 1:10-17 “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1) The Christian church is meant to think and act as a unit, like a single family. This doesn’t mean that we can’t … Continue reading

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Love hurts: like father, like son

Hosea 11:12-12:6 The kingdom of Israel claimed Yahweh as their God – but that claim was in fact without foundation. (And Judah were no better: they were already dabbling in idolatry, ‘testing the boundaries’ in their relationship with God.) They … Continue reading

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