FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD! (March 2018)
If anyone gives up something at Lent, my guess is 90% of the time it is some sort of foodstuff or beverage. This time of year is so often focussed on food. And maybe that is right, because food is such a problem for us in today’s society. People eat too much, or the wrong things. Other people don’t eat enough, or the right things.
The Truth will set you free (February 2018)
If you go to Langley, Virginia, where the CIA has its headquarters, in that building is a wall with the CIA motto inscribed on it. That motto comes from the Bible, John 8.32: ‘And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ People who see conspiracies everywhere view this as an important motto for an agency whose role is to uncover hidden truths. Jesus talks to his followers about truth which breaks people free from sin. We are all slaves of our failings, which is part of being human. We all fall short of God’s standards, and if we are to break away from that, and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives, then we will know what true freedom is.
What Growing Church is really about (January 2018)
I have never met anyone who cares about the church, who does not want it to grow. But there is no point in growing a church by simply increasing the number of people who come here to worship, without it involving people coming with a real Christian faith that would make a difference to their lives, and to the lives of those around them. Real church growth involves a growth in faith, as well as a growth in numbers.