may God continue to bless us all to keep answering that call
What we’re talking about is God’s economy, something quite different from what we may instinctively know!
It is that restored world that God promises through the words of the prophet
Hospitality shared with a stranger, with joy, is encountering God.
We may find that our faith is becoming less about having to love and believe in a God ‘out there’ so much as about wanting to become part of what God loves and is wanting us to be doing ‘right here’.
What would you say in your life is NOT meaningless?
We need to be taught WHAT to pray for, and so also WHAT NOT to pray for.
Do good things happen to good people?
The point is that all of us are carrying stuff that we may be quite unable to let go. Psalm 25 models how we are given to respond to it all! Beginning with the outward praising of God!
We, the church, for better or worse, are the Body of Christ, and that means we are still the primary way the risen Christ is choosing to take up room in the world.
So, what does it cost to be a Christ Follower: A Christian?
Every actual encounter with the living Jesus Christ always actually changes us! ALWAYS!
Remember who you are! Recognise where you are! Know now the point of your existence and live into it!
Today is Pentecost – our celebration of the Holy Spirit being poured out into all of creation! We first encounter the Holy Spirit at the very beginning of the Bible, in the creation narratives of Genesis, where we’re told of the sacred hovering [i] of God’s Spirit over all creation, and then also as God breathed [ii] life into the first of humanity. [iii] Later in the Old Testament we read of how the Holy Spirit came upon certain people…
Like an earthquake, our ground can shift. How will this transform us?
It’s our mandate to help all the world to become more ‘God-aware!’
How have you known love in your life?
On Mother’s Day, we remember how the mothering spirit makes room for each of us.
Do you also find it difficult to trust someone who hasn’t faced failure?
Doubting Thomas has a certain appeal to all of us because Thomas is an honest person and honesty is attractive.
It’s the life-rhythm sealed for us and all creation in Christ’s birthing and dying and rising…
That Palm Sunday crowd: who do they represent for us today?
Our Christian walk is much more about our awareness of sacredness in everything than it is about us having to do things!
Most of us have never really met ourselves…We’ve met who we pretend to be, and who others have said who we are, or even who we’ve aspired to be, but not ourselves!
In this final sermon of the series I have called a ‘helicopter level’ overview of the Bible we begin with John’s enigmatic, poetic, mysterious statement.
In seeking to understand the origin and meaning of our faith and its influence on our daily lives, we are engaged in an unceasing task.
We come now in our helicopter view of the Bible to the gospels – the four books that lie at the centre of our faith.
The structure of the Protestant Old Testament places five books near the middle that are called Books of Wisdom. These five books close out the historical section of the Old Testament.