Hark! The herald angels sing

Hark! The herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled” Joyful, all ye nations rise Join the triumph of the skies With the angelic host proclaim: “Christ is born in Bethlehem” Hark! The...

Liberty Means Responsibility

This quote from George Bernard Shaw caught my attention: and I was surprised how much it seemed to mean once I started unpacking it… In the Old Testament part of the Bible, we see the story of the people of Israel being drawn into slavery in Egypt. For around 400...

Why Does God Allow Suffering

THIS POST WAS EDITED 4 JUNE 2017 TO INCLUDE REFERENCE TO TERRORIST ACTIONS IN THE UK IN WESTMINSTER, MANCHESTER AND LONDON FOLLOWING SIGHT OF A TWEET THAT ASKED – “IF GOD IS ALL POWERFUL, WHY IS HE ALLOWING ALL THESE THINGS TO HAPPEN?” THE ANSWER BELOW IS HOPEFULLY...

The Moral Neutrality of Stuff

Just recently I have been pondering the rights or wrongs of a church applying for a grant from a National Lottery Fund, and it’s taken me to a place I wasn’t expecting, a philosophical and theological thought about… ‘stuff’. In searching for a biblical view on using...

Life

Life. Its a bit of a journey and one where some direction can be really helpful. In John Chapter 11 there is the famous story of Jesus bringing Lazarus back to life and calling him out from his tomb, still in his grave clothes. But just before that happened, there was...

The Father Can Only Love Us

I’ve been asked recently if I could sum up my role as a Church leader alongside my faith – in a sentence. At first it seemed an almost impossible task, and to be honest, it probably is, but as I walked home after that chat, one thought started to dawn on me… “If we...