What follows is a sermon I preached at Waratah Church on the 14-06-2020 Well, there are about 1000 things I’d rather be preaching on this morning, but as I sat there over the last two weeks listening to Steve speak on the topic of biblical peacemaking I found it almost ironic that at the very […]Read more "Matters of the Kingdom."
As tempted as I was to write Dale off, the problem is that he leads a church which sees a ‘first-time faith commitment rate’ per year which is 10, yes, 10 times the national Baptist average. just let that sink in for a moment.Read more "Why Christians should stop sharing ‘their faith’."
Complete strangers felt like Jesus had known them for years because he articulated back to them the deepest reasons why they had come. To know Jesus is to internalize his love in a way that allows us to answer the spiritual poverty in others. Only one thing is necessary, time with the Lord. As we […]Read more "Every day with God in 2018 part 2"
As usual, every year I try to keep a daily spiritual journal and as such I also every year take one month out to look over past entries. Of course, it’s far later this year, because to be quite honest I’ve been flat out. (You may have noticed far fewer articles published this year.) But […]Read more "Every day with God in 2018 Part 1"
Romans 12:14-15 (NIV) Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Events have occurred in the previous week that has stopped the western world in its tracks. The utterly heartbreaking and grotesque shootings that have claimed 50 lives in New Zealand have shocked so many due […]Read more "Apples with oranges."
A few years ago now I was first asked to recommend a list of books that I thought were the 10 best books I’d ever read covering all aspects of fruitful Christian living. This is the third time I have updated the list. New stuff added to the list is highlighted in bold. Can I […]Read more "The all-time top ten. (updated a third time)"
Isaiah 9:2-7 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of […]Read more "What Can a Child Do? (Christmas Day @ Waratah)"
Having a 2-year-old means you’re going to be watching a few kids movies. One of Joshua’s favorites is the movie Madagascar. Now if you are familiar with this movie you’ll know that one of the ongoing narrative counterpoints that flow through and under the entire story is this side-narrative concerning a group of 4, particularly […]Read more "“…..Well this sucks.”"
So there I was, lying awake at 5am. I am often grateful for fresh revelations from the Spirit, but a little less so when it is before sunrise. Yet for some reason, I could not take my mind off it. I could not simply fall back asleep. I have a favorite painting which if you […]Read more "The Greatest Christmas Gift."
When you’re holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail so the saying goes. I wonder if when you’re holding a chainsaw does everything look like a tree? I think what the saying is trying to get at is the design purpose of the tool you’re holding will affect the purpose of the one holding […]Read more "When you’re holding a hammer…"