I’m reading an interesting book, ‘The Divine Conspiracy’, by Dallas Willard. Here’s a particular quote which sums up for me some of the dilemma I’ve seen as a Christian blogger, between Christians at different ends of the spectrum: When we examine the broad spectrum of Christian proclamation and practice, we see that the only thing … More Is the gospel emphasis leaving daily redemption out?
So much of what is read and seen of the war in Gaza is opinion, speculation or propaganda, it’s hard to know what is real. It’s a terrible action, as all war is, and one that has worked more against Israel in public relations terms than for them. But one has to ask why HAMAS … More Gaza front – “We feel the hand of God”
In a scathing article in the Sydney Morning Herald, Ruth Pollard slams Mercy Ministries for allegedly practising exorcism on patients. Mercy Ministries is a Christian organisation. One thing to ask here is whether it is appropriate for a Christian help service to practice exorcism. Who decides whether a Biblical practice should be used by a … More Mercy Ministries demonised!
One of the big beefs resurfacing on these threads from time to time is the question of strong leadership – whether a local church can thrive just as well with a democratic consortium as it can with a strong visionary leader and team. I was going through a stack of old books my wife gave … More Why strong leadership is important…
Over the Christmas season I’ve been mixing with a lot of Christians from various mostly Pente churches at different social get togethers. A common thread for me has been wandering over to join a group and finding them discussing ‘The Shack’. One person had even been to a talk given by the author, William P … More Everyone seems to be reading ‘The Shack’
I wrote this four weeks ago in a word document, not looking forward to posting this up. Okay. I’ve been stubborn with God. SignPosts02 has been getting in the way with my intimacy with God and he completely shook me up this Sunday at an awesome church meeting. Him using vision, rebuke, correction and everything … More Drawing the Line for 2009
We’ve all heard the gospel of money. (Tithing, WOF, blab it and grab it, etc.) But have many hear heard of the gospels of Power and Vanity? Behold the works of an old heretical movement, the Latter Rain movement, stamped out by the American AOG in 1949 as an heretical movement. It’s been underground for … More The Gospels of Vanity, Money, Power
It seems that publications from Christian organisations, even based on scientific figures, have a disturbing, and even quietening effect on those who have a vested interest in crying wolf about the various atrocities taking place against nature. A Catholic paper links environmental problems with use of the contraceptive pill, and there is a cry of ‘foul’, yet … More Bitter pill for environmentalists to swallow…
Speaking of sapphires! Here’s one for s&p, to encourage you on some of the amazing facts about certain precious stones, which, until recently, only God knew, as related by the wonderful David Pawson in an interview, who beautifully demonstrates how the Bible is God-inspired. It also goes some way to intelligently, gently, and factually refute … More God speaks through precious stones…
On the buses? On yer bike! Atheists advertise on London busses having pocketed $300,000 for the privilege, yet they miss the profound opportunity to be really definite about their unbelief, by using the term ‘probably’! Yes, they declare, boldly and concisely, ‘there’s probably no God’. What a proud, brave boast. Not! Richard Dawkins attempts to go a little further … More Only ‘probably’, Richard?? Where’s ya conviction?