If you asked most Christians what the Christian hope for the future was they would probably say something about going to heaven when you die. That is the assurance given to those who put their trust in Jesus Christ. The man crucified with Jesus who turned to him in faith was promised that he wouldContinue reading “Advent Sunday”
I was recently asked to preach a sermon about preaching sermons. Sermons do not have a good reputation. The novelist Anthony Trollope wrote in Barchester Towers: There is no greater hardship inflicted upon mankind in civilised countries than the necessity of listening to sermons. Must it be so? Do sermons have to be boring? IContinue reading “Acts 2.14-41: How not to bore people with sermons”
Most of us get up in the morning believing we have the power to make choices: what shall I wear? what shall I eat for breakfast? shall I decide not to eat breakfast? what’s on my schedule today and what space does my schedule give me for choice? what shall I give my mind toContinue reading “Clockwork Humans?”
If you love art, here is a profound exploration of a great painting by Steve Hellyer – profound in terms of appreciation of the painting as art, but profound also in terms of spiritual insight. If (like me) you’d like to understand great painting better, this will help a lot.
Jackie Pullinger is one of the most inspiring missionary pioneers of the twentieth (and now the twenty-first) centuries. She went to Hong Kong in the 1960s as a twenty-something music graduate and found herself working with addicts, prostitutes and Triad gangsters in the notorious Walled City. Here she is (interviewed by Nicky and Pippa GumbelContinue reading “Interview with Jackie Pullinger”
“When the wine gave out…” It usually does. Human life is like that. Hardly ever does the first excitement and fulfilment of any experience last indefinitely. Sooner or later the new relationship, the new job, the new church, the new house, the new car, the new anything not only loses a little of its initialContinue reading “Love Story #4: When the wine gave out”