If there are any of you out there reading this who are also pastors, I think you’ll resonate with this. Let me be clear. I’m not here to whinge. quite the opposite in fact. I’m tired of reading research articles all over the internet about the stresses of ministry whilst no one seems to be […]Read more "The best gift that you can give a pastor."
“Where you live should not decide, weather you live or weather you die.” -Bono So here we come to the next question in our ‘you asked’ series: Why are some people given a good life and others a bad life? As usual, let me give the short answer and then we’ll unpack it as we […]Read more "You asked….Why are some people given a good life and others a bad life?"
I have marvelled at how Christians enduring persecution are a lot better at dealing with its reality that with the many of us who are not. Maybe that is because in their suffering, they have been driven to such depth in their relationship with God that they can almost see, taste and touch the ‘better resurrection’ that the author of Hebrews talks about at the end of chapter 11.Read more "You asked….Why does God allow Christians to be tortured and killed for their faith?"
Hmm, this is a ripper to get back to the ‘you asked’ series with. It’s a complex question: Why is the western world becoming more hateful of Christians? Will it eventually lead to persecution of western Christians? As usual, let me start as simple as possible and then unpack it as I go. I think […]Read more "You asked….Why is the western world becoming more hateful of Christians? Will it eventually lead to persecution of western Christians?"
Hi all, just before the next QnA night I thought I would have a crack at one of the hardest questions that we have ever been asked. You asked: where is God when I am being bullied? As usual, perhaps let me begin by answering in as simple a statement as possible and then unpacking […]Read more "You asked….where is God when I am being bullied?"
Today’s question is particularly long, so therefore I had to abbreviate it in the title. However, if you want the full, exact version, here it is: “How do I answer when people who ask me about texts/themes in the Bible that even I have difficulty with? For example; God wiping out cities in the Old […]Read more "You asked….How Do I answer tough questions about the Bible?"
We have another uth@waratah Q&A night service coming up soon, so I thought it would be a good idea to clear a few of the outstanding questions in the box over the next fortnight before we get a whole bunch more pour in! Today’s question is: “Why do you go to Bible Study?” I take […]Read more "You asked…. “Why do you go to Bible study?”"
So the next question in our ‘you asked’ series was a question that landed into the hat at our last ‘Q and A’ evening service. I imagine the person who asked this question is looking for some sort of definitive response within the first few minutes so let me give one and then ask that […]Read more "You asked….. “Do all homosexuals go to hell?”"
Welcome everyone to a new category on the blog: ‘You asked’. I have been thinking for some time about how to answer the questions that We don’t quite get to on Friday youth services (I have the question box on my desk here) and the occasional email that I get. Moreover, I have always believed […]Read more "You asked….Given that God has a free will, is it possible for anyone else to have one?"