Our most recent family pic with only Andrew missing

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Discipleship: A Living Sacrifice

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. Rom 12:1-2

The smell that must have hung over Jerusalem must have been amazing. It’s estimated that at Passover at the time of Jesus, at least 256 000 lambs were sacrificed. But every day, pilgrims, sinners like you and me, brought other animal sacrifices as well … bulls, sheep, birds … to be sacrificed on the Temple altar. Over and above personal offerings, the priests made general offerings every day as well. And depending on what the offering was for, various spices and oils were added as well. Can you imagine the smell? … mouth-watering ... unless you’re a vegetarian. Depending on what the wind was doing, you would certainly see the smoke from far off, but the closer you got, the more would have smelt and tasted sacrifice to the one true God. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Everyday Accountability for Everyday Christians

I decided to join a local gym and asked the trainer, bearing in mind my age, how much exercise I should do and how I’ll know when to stop. He said: “You do it till your gym clothes are soaked from your exertion, you do it till it hurts and then you go on just a little bit until you cry.” OK … so I changed, went up some steepish stairs to the main gym … that had me soaked and hurting; I bent down to do up my gym shoes and that got me crying … so I was done and went home.

That’s what often happens in the absence of accountability… we give up … and perhaps get away with things we shouldn’t get away with. Accountability answers the question:

Friday, January 13, 2017

Everyday Discipleship for Everyday Christians

Last week we looked at “Everyday Evangelism for Everyday Christians” and today we look at Everyday Discipleship for Everyday Christians
and I might as well say it upfront:  While evangelism can be fun … discipleship is not; and, if Jesus and I can’t convince you to embrace evangelism, we will never convince you to embrace discipleship.
That’s (the pic above) about as funny as discipleship will get.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Everyday Evangelism for Everyday Christians

We start our ministry at All Age Worship in 2017 with Jesus beginning His ministry: from Luke as our main gospel reading and with a short verse from Mark’s gospel. Both these readings give us a beginning point for 2017 … let’s begin where Jesus began. In both of these readings we see Jesus doing evangelism, Jesus began with evangelism. What is evangelism? Wikipedia puts it like this:

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas 2016: A Call to Believe

Having begun with Luke's account of the birth of our Lord, I begin my message this Christmas with an article from The Times this past Thursday under the headline:

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Caesar or Jesus

In the days of Caesar Augustus, Jesus was born in Bethlehem

The Christmas story tells of the birth of a new king. The world was moving according to the orders of Caesar Augustus, but although he was hailed as the great bringer of peace, real peace on earth would be realized only through the sovereignty of the child born in Bethlehem. Today the world moves to the orders of many different Caesars …there is the Caesar who is called The Market, and he speaks each day from New York  where he goes by the name Dow Jones,

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Four Soils and Christmas

Christmas is a season of great sowing for the church and for the Kingdom of God … all the special services and year end functions are wonderful seed sowing opportunities. Your part is to try as hard as you can to bring people to them … just bring them … or at least just invite them.