Babies are cute. They’re not supposed to inspire awe. Maybe that’s why people find it so easy to trivialise Christmas. Baby Jesus lying helpless in a manger can be viewed with mild affection. People are unlikely to be offended by a baby and it’s why they can quickly move on with life. But who is
Psalm 101 is a psalm of commitment. In line after line, David speaks to God, and those who listen, and tells Him what he will do. It almost comes across as bravado or arrogance. Yet, it’s worth asking whether this is something we should be doing? How does committing fit with grace? Do we imply
If we took a survey of everyone and asked ‘What is your favourite text in the Bible?’ probably none of you would say ‘Matthew 1:1-17. Instead you are more likely to ask, ‘Why would Matthew begin his account of the life of Jesus with a boring genealogy?’ That’s a great question and one we will
This is a beautiful Psalm written by people who were present in the Temple, who served there. In it they are expressing just how intensely they desired to be there. But this desire was not because they were separated from it but because they were exactly where they wanted to be. They felt blessed to
Over the last two weeks we have seen the mystery, as we examined the Trinity, and the majesty of God as creator. In doing that, one can be left with the impression that God is distant and unapproachable. So different from us that any real relationship is impossible. That is not what we find in
This week we will be finishing off the book of Daniel. It is three chapters, but it’s all one vision and the explanation. In these chapters we once again get an insight into a reality we never normally witness. Here we see angels that protect and daemons that cause havoc. How does this help us
Last week we begun looking at what the Bible teaches us about God and who He is. We saw that He is one God, but in three persons. A wonderfully rich mystery. This week we will look at the fact that God is eternal. He existed before the universe and He is beyond this universe.
Often we are quick to say ‘I’m sorry’ but there is no depth to it. Daniel is different in this chapter. He approaches God in prayer, humbly and with a broken heart. He identifies with his people and their failings. Yet his prayer is more than a litany of failure. It was an appeal for
This week we begin a short series looking at some of the big truths the Bible teaches us about God. Perhaps one of the most well known, but not always well understood truths is that God exists as Trinity, three in one. But why is that even important? Sure the Bible tells us, but does
In chapter 7 the book of Daniel takes on a very different flavour. The rest of the book is essentially made up of a number of visions and a prayer. They are strange visions, with beasts, horns and visions into heaven. What are we to make of this sort of writing? Why is it here?
In the midst of hatred and betrayal Mark records and act of simple and costly devotion. Sensing where the life of Jesus was headed and being unable to alter that course in an act of love and faith she did what she could for Jesus. The question that is drawn out from the passage isRead More +
Have you ever had the experience of looking back on something you did wrong and saying to yourself, ‘I can’t believe I did that. I don’t normally do that sort of thing.’ How does that happen? Why do we humans do things that we believe are wrong? Why can’t we educate ourselves to a betterRead More +
As I start my ministry here it Redlands CRC it seemed a great time to take a look at what the church is supposed to be, at least in part. What is my role? What are we aiming for? Paul, using the image of the church as body gives us an idea in Eph 4.Read More +
If you live long enough, your faith is bound to be challenged some time. Psalm 73 is the song of a godly man who felt his faith slipping away. Even though these words were written 3000 years ago, they might as well have been written today. This Psalm is his very personal testimony. He opensRead More +