After a long time of on-off blogging (mostly off), I already announced on the blog that I am starting to resume regular writing and blogging. I need your help in letting me know what you want me to blog about… but I will be blogging about theology and news still, but also writing about my personal progress too and everything that there is to share about that.
Apart from me getting back into shape and writing more, I feel that it’s time for the blog to have another overhaul… Read more
I’ve said time and time again that I’m starting to blog again, only to find that a few posts later, I’ve gone quiet. I don’t know why that’s been happening, but I still have a passion for blogging and writing; I still want to use my time to write. So why have I been silent on my blog?
I think it’s cos I’ve had nothing to say. In person, I have a lot to say generally – partly a good thing, and partly a bad thing might I add! But I’ve felt like I’ve dried up over the year in terms of blogging. Though I feel, after a bit of prayer and also something that spoke to me through someone else, that my blogging will resume. I don’t think I’ll be blogging as often as I used to; at least to start with.
I’m also considering redoing the blog to give it a fresh look. Though I’m not sure about that one yet. I think I’ll still be blogging on current events and theology, but I’m hoping to be more personal too.
Can I ask that you pray for me (if you’re a praying person) that I really get stuck in. I want to get into this cos I’m passionate about it, but I think things have come in my way over the last year that have stopped me from speaking out with my digital, online voice.
Thanks for your continued support… praying that like a phoenix out of the ashes, this blog will be revived with a new lease of life!
This needs explaining. The Church is the Hope of the world… the nations. A Church that is standing on the authority of Jesus and ministering in the power of the Spirit gets the seal of approval from Jesus. Really speaking, Jesus is the hope of our world; the hope of the nations. But what’s great about that is that Jesus chooses the Church to bring that hope into the world. I don’t want to limit God and say that he needs the Church, or that He can only work through the Church, because that wouldn’t be true. Instead, (and I think this is much better news and such an amazing prospect) Jesus wants us involved. Read more
Living Faithfully by John Pritchard
Published by SPCK Publishing on April 2013
Genres: Christian Life
The faith we proclaim on Sunday is just as relevant to the rest of the week. However, too often the teaching and support that church life offers us can seem aimed at deepening our personal commitment to Christ and our involvement in church activities, rather than enabling us to live out our faith at work and in the world.
We need to close the gap between sacred and secular, and that’s what this book aims to help us do. Each chapter identifies an issue, explores how we might respond and encourages us – through practical ideas, stories, humour, quotes, Scripture, questions and prayer – to seek to make a difference.
Living Faithfully is equally suitable for individual and group use.
Yet another book from SPCK that I thoroughly enjoyed. Yes, this book is really about being a Christian Monday to Saturday. It’s challenging, direct, readable and thought provoking. Read more
I don’t know whether you’re aware or not, but there is a group of people who worship Google. They even have an online church. They have a set of beliefs. They have a doctrinal statement. Their religion is Googlism. You can have a look at their website by clicking here. It’s a very interesting phenomenon, because it opens up a new way of looking at faith and trust. Or, at least, it shows us that faith as a concept isn’t dead as far as religious faith is concerned. Whether I think they’re putting their faith in something worthwhile is a different story, of course! Read more
I remember once sitting in a lecture/discussion about whether we are totally free or not. What is freedom? How is it ensured in society? This last week’s events concerning privacy breaches through the GCHQ/NSA program have highlighted some of our deepest convictions about true freedom and privacy (Read the full story here). Whether the allegations are true or not about these government authorities gaining access to our web data remains to be seen. But it does force us to question how we view freedom and how we balance the priority of freedom with the priority of security. Read more
New Testament Wisdom For Everyone by Tom Wright
Series: …For Everyone
Published by SPCK Publishing on April 2013
Genres: Biblical Studies, Commentary
To follow Jesus we have to learn to think inside out, in looking-glass fashion: what the world counts as great is foolishness, and what the world counts as folly is the true wisdom. Cling on to your life and you’ll lose it; give everything you’ve got to following Jesus, including life itself, and you’ll win it. In every generation there are, it seems, a few people who are prepared to take Jesus seriously, at his word. What would it be like if you were one of them?
As with all of Tom Wright’s books, I thoroughly enjoyed. The …For Everyone series is proving to be spectacularly popular and I can see why. Following on from New Testament Prayer for Everyone, Tom Wright has published this recent addition, New Testament Wisdom For Everyone. Read more
Here is an extract from an article recently published by Bible Reflections:
One thing that I am learning in my walk with God is that it is important to get away from the world, from life, from busyness and to find solitude with God.
As a recently married man, I am beginning to understand the importance of being on your own with someone. Before Megan and I got married, the majority of our time spent together was in a group; a group of friends, or a bible study group or a pub quiz group or something else. Of course, some of the time was spent just the two of us, and those times were important. But at this major life event called marriage, the relationship changed somewhat. Our relationship had evolved into something deeper and more intimate than it had been in the past, and this meant that the way in which we communicated needed to adapt to our new ‘status’ (for want of a better word). I suddenly realised that I couldn’t just invite lots of people over to the house to spend social time with Megan and I after she’d come home from work. Sometimes what we both needed was time alone together.