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Our most recent family pic with only Andrew missing

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hypocrites, Church decline and Disobedience


Why do we have communion as often as we do? Plain and simply, because Jesus told us to. And if Jesus said: “Do it!” ... we believe we ... must ... do ... it. And if we are going to be people who, with integrity, are going to back up our arguments with: “The Bible says ...; or, Jesus says ... ” ... well, then we have to be very, very, careful. Because we can’t pick and choose which commands we will obey and expect others to obey ... and which we will ignore and tell others they can ignore as well. Jesus had a name for people like that .... hypocrites ... and hypocrites and church growth don't go together.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Why? Making Sense of God's Will: When Prayers Go Unanswered.


Last week we began a new series Why? Making Sense of God's Will and we looked at God and Suffering. This week we look at an experience almost as common as undeserved suffering, namely the fact that sometimes our prayers go unanswered.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans'/Remembrance Day

As a child I used to love the build up to 11 November and the making of paper poppies. Below is one of my favourite poems regarding the remembrance of fallen soldiers and a prayer.
We Will Remember Them

Why? Making Sense of God's Will: God and Suffering

John 11:32-37
Why does God allow deep furrows of pain, of suffering to dig into the otherwise clean fields (there are no weeds in this furrow) of our lives?

Are there any seeds we can bring to sow into the deep furrows of our own  suffering .. into the suffering of others ... into the suffering, on occasion, of God’s church .. into the suffering of the world... ?

Friday, November 3, 2017

Gospel in Disney: Pocahontas


Children's Address

The story of Pocahontas is different to The Lion King and Aladdin, because Pocahontas was a real historical figure. She was born in 1595 and was 12 years old when she met John Smith. She didn't marry John Smith, she married a tobacco farmer named John Rolfe. She died when she was 22 and is buried in Kent, in England.