Month: January 2017

  • Five types of people: 1. Never Heard

    Five types of people: 1. Never Heard

    When it comes to entering into eternity it is possible to categorise people into 5 types: Those who never heard the gospel; Those who heard but didn’t understand it; Those who heard, received it and when the going got rough, gave up; Those who heard, received it and got worn down or deceived; Those who […]

  • The Schoolyard

    The Schoolyard

    Jesus said that the people of his time were like children playing a game in the public square: 16 “To what can I compare this generation? It is like children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends, 17 ‘We played wedding songs,     and you didn’t dance, so we played funeral songs,     and […]

  • Possibly Impossible

    Possibly Impossible

    There are a lot of tensions in Scripture: Predestination v. Free Will Deity and Humanity of Christ Old and New Testaments Law v. Grace Holiness v. Grace etc. We’ve only been to a few churches and we have usually spent a long time at each.  The last church I attended for 18 years and my […]

  • I desire mercy, not sacrifice

    I desire mercy, not sacrifice

    There is a scene in “The Bible” mini series, reproduced in the film “Son of God“, where Jesus reaches out to Matthew, a tax collector.  If you have ever felt rejected by your peers, accused of being a traitor, or just generally outcast then it is not so difficult to identify with Matthew nor to respond […]

  • Be Attitudes – repost

    Be Attitudes – repost

    The eight beatitudes are nearly the first thing Jesus says in the Gospels. They reveal His heart. These are the types of people God has time for: The poor in spirit. People with this attitude are the opposite to the pushy, showy type that is always in your face and who is full of self importance.  We […]

  • First Tested then Trusted

    First Tested then Trusted

    “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” (Matt. 4:1) So God decides to face the tempter head on immediately as a man. We shouldn’t think it strange when we face various trials (1 Peter 4:12). God is confident that we will overcome (1 Cor. 13:7). Later […]

  • This is My Beloved Son

    This is My Beloved Son

    Matthew skips straight from the dream led wanderings of Joseph – Jesus’ step father – through the ministry of John the Baptist to the baptism in the Holy Spirit (and fire) of Jesus. And then the Father is recorded as saying, without more ado: “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” […]

  • Magi, Empires and Prophets

    Magi, Empires and Prophets

    When Herod was king of Judea, there were two great empires that disputed the ownership of his land. On the one side were the Romans who had conquered it some years earlier. On the other were the Persians who had been there long before the Romans. Hundreds of years earlier (586 BC) Jerusalem had fallen […]

  • The Infinitesimal Drama of the Virgin Birth

    The Infinitesimal Drama of the Virgin Birth

    Incomprehensibly constrained to the size of a pinhead, the Lord of the Universe marches down through the ages and arrives Immanuel in a young girl’s womb. From the first glorious image of Adam through patriarchs and kings, Matthew parades the central march of God’s history before us and brings us to a place of wonder […]