Freedom is not …

What is freedom? One way to explain it is by considering what it isn't - so, freedom could be defined as the opposite of bondage. Whatever truly binds you, keeps you from being free. The fact that it binds you means that you have no power over it. So, what things bind us? Addictions, behaviours, … Continue reading Freedom is not …

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A remnant theology that works…

There is no doubt that the influence of Christianity in UK society has changed. On one level, I am accepting of this, I am not in denial, on the other hand I strive to change the status quo. By this I mean making the Church more passionate and purposeful rather than complaining about what is … Continue reading A remnant theology that works…

The challenge of life …

One of my mentors, a very godly man, would often encourage me by saying 'God is always doing the same thing differently!' God is the creator and He is creative. This creative nature was not limited to a brief six day period at the beginning of time, like some evening class that He successfully completed … Continue reading The challenge of life …

What are the keys to effective, sustainable Kingdom ministry?

This was a question I was asked recently and it came up again just this week as I was participating in discussions about how to start new things. There are many possible answers and you can read many good books - and a number of not so good books - on this topic. I think … Continue reading What are the keys to effective, sustainable Kingdom ministry?

Will you say it?

I was recently invited to contribute to the Global Connection blog. At first, my mind wandered far and wide. What would be interesting? What would be helpful? What would enable people to engage in the mission of God? What are the 'buzzwords' of the day? Partnership, diaspora, discipleship, post-christendom. Or, what are the questions I … Continue reading Will you say it?

Why is mystery such a challenge?

In an age where rationalism and reason reign as the highest arbiter of all that must be true there seems to be a diminished capacity for mystery. Some call this 'advancement' I see it as 'impoverishment'. Deep down, we all know that we will never fully understand all things so we either 'repress' this conviction … Continue reading Why is mystery such a challenge?

Discourse no more… sadly!

I watch, with a sad heart, as the possibility to debate differences of conviction about significant matters becomes increasingly impossible. The growth of liberalism, with it's appeal to the freedom of self-determinism is a key factor. However, the sad irony is that where liberalism is not closely tied to a social conscience that cares/ensures that … Continue reading Discourse no more… sadly!