Our most recent family pic with only Andrew missing

Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year Resolution for Disciples of Jesus

Do you need to change?

Most people don't believe that Christian perfection is a possibility this side of glory, therefore most people, especially the humble, recognise that there is a need for change in their life. In particular, disciples, who are always striving in the power of the Holy Spirit, to become more and more like Jesus ... disciples are always aware of the need for change. Paul puts it like this in 2 Corinthians 3:18

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Wesley has a Huge problem with his Testicles

Jan 4 1774: Three or four years ago, a stumbling horse threw me forward on the pommel of the saddle. I felt a good deal of pain; but it soon went off, and I thought of it no more. Some months after I observed, testiculum alterum altero duplo majorem esse. I consulted a Physician: He told me

Epiphany Sunday: Eureka

A few Sundays in the year have special names, such as Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Ascension Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, Trinity Sunday, Christ the King Sunday, etc. This Sunday is called Epiphany and you might well what? Epiphany is the Sunday closest to January 6th, the

The Christmas Season: Stars to Steer By

This is the next in my series of blogs in which I am reviewing Joan Chittister's The Liturgical Year.
[Order it here and read my earlier reviews of her book here.]
Thus far we have looked at Advent; now we move to the Christmas season, which includes Christmas Day and the season of Epiphany.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

This Child Cannot Be Ignored: Stop Ignoring Him

The birth of this child would not be remembered if it were not for His life ... and His life would not be remembered if it were not for His death ... and His death would not be remembered if it were not for His resurrection ... and His resurrection should not be remembered without the memory of His promise to return.

Because this child was born 2000 years ago ... and for absolutely NO other reason than His birth, the streets of my suburb, city and nation look like this:

A prayer for Christmas preparations

We praise you, God,
 we praise you, for your Name is near;
 people tell of your wonderful deeds (Ps 75:1)

... your name is like perfume poured out (SS 1:3b)

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, 
he gave the right to become children of God (Jn 1:12)

Lord Jesus,

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Carol Service: There were Two Trees in the Centre of the Garden

There we have a beautiful Christmas tree in the garden, and I’m reminded of another garden, long, long ago. It was called the Garden of Eden, a garden God planted right back at the beginning of all gardens, and the Bible tells us that in the middle of it was a tree and it was called the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.