With the many conversations I've had with people about Jesus, I have found there to be many objections to faith in Christ. There are common threads, though, that pop up in conversation that seem to arise because of hatred, suffering or denial of facts. I want to cover these three objections to Christ here: 1.…Read more Common objections to Christianity
A while ago, say, 100 years ago, churches knew that their primary goal week in and week out was to exposit God's word and preach from the text what the authors originally intended. For example: JI Packer, one of the greatest theologians of our time, now aged 90, said this: "Underlying the preaching of the…Read more What we used to preach
Parenting brings with it a truckload of surprises, curveballs and disappointments, yet at the same time the rewards that we see as parents are before us every day. What is it really like having kids in a small town as a conservative Christian? Let me tell you: Everybody suddenly has the right to talk about…Read more Having kids will be like this…
Throughout the advertising world there are several target audiences: children, mum's, busy working families and animal lovers. But one thing remains the same in most cases - you will find a very, very skewed version of manhood displayed in these advertisements and the wider film industry. There has been, over the last 15 years, a…Read more The de-masculinisation of men
Boxing gloves: One fighter with them, one without I've decided to name this post "why are we being punched in a corner" because of the pugilist nature of the same-sex marriage proponents that permeates every backlash, article, argument and debate style of every single public supporter of same sex marriage in mainstream media. How does…Read more Why are we being punched in a corner?
The Gritty Some of us in church have some crazy ideas - like that we should sit down when singing... or that children's church is wrong, or that baptising babies is ok, or that the doctrine of the election is actually true... But in all of this denominational hoopla (and there is a TONNE of…Read more Differences
Reading ourselves into everything We have a habit, when reading the Bible, to try to be a superhero in the story. Whether it's being David slaying giants, being as faithful as Noah, being as brave as Daniel entering a den of lions, or being as strong as Nehemiah building a "big vision" for his people…Read more The Good Samaritan – why do we get it wrong?