If God feels distant, maybe our hearts need cleansing

Do you want to know God? You may have been a Christian for years, but you may feel that you don't experience or KNOW God. Do you feel distant from God sometimes? I definitely do. In fact I am currently gradually finding my way back from a period where God felt a million miles away.This is not how God intends us to live as Christians.If you seek him, it IS possible to find God and experience him. There is a way back to him.Many of us today have become alienated from the experience t … [Read more...]

How can I walk with God without falling?

Many of us have forgotten what it is like to walk without a sat nav guiding us.Even when I go nordic walking in the forest I tend to rely on my phone's map app to direct me.We miss therefore some of the sense of the metaphor 'walking with God' that the Bible intends.Walking with God doesn't mean we never take a wrong turn and even get lost.It doesn't preclude stumbling and falling.God promises to be the voice saying 'You are going the wrong way'And to pick us up when we … [Read more...]

Christian, worry more about what is in your heart than what you put into it

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”(Mark 7:20-23) This verse in context reminds me of a passage from Paul which makes a similar point: If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were s … [Read more...]

A family divided against itself will fall 

"... if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” (‭‭Mark‬ ‭3:25)‬ ‭ READ more at Bible Gateway. ‬‬I was reading Mark 3 this morning. The theologian in me immediately started thinking about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Maybe one day I will add my thoughts to the myriad of others. But instead another verse hit me in the eye today.To understand what Jesus means here, we must leave aside any notion of the windows of a house taking up arms against the bric … [Read more...]

Piper responds to Patheos authors’ disagreement over Romans 7

John Piper has responded to what he calls our "gracious demurring" on the man of Romans 7 during the conference here and here, and my previous post on the subject.I love that he took the time to explain his position further, and that we are all able to discuss these matters as brothers and friends.  He is totally right when he says: I doubt that when it comes to a positive description of what the Christian life should be, and what it normally is, the three of us would differ significantly. I … [Read more...]

A bit of happiness on a Monday morning

So it's Monday morning. Another week begins. Do you choose weariness and despair, or hope and joy? Last week's news both in the Church, and in the World was pretty miserable, I think we can all agree on that.You can imagine then how welcome it was on Sunday to hear at Jubilee a sermon on happiness. Christians have the source of true happiness that is not dependent on happenings.Sometimes it takes an anthem from the secular world to express things that really should be our domain. But, … [Read more...]

Introducing my new book, written with Tope Koleoeo

I can now announce that my new book Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus is available for you to pre-order.Please like Hope Reborn on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter.It has been a real delight to write this book with the man who I have called my friend, my brother, and my pastor for almost twenty years: Tope Koleoso.We wanted to produce a book to help people who want to become a Christian, or who want to find the way back after drifting away.We trust that … [Read more...]

Is the concept of privacy and discretion dead even among Christians?

This week there has been another stirring in the Christian blogosphere. A sometimes controversial church leader wrote a letter which he wanted to remain private to his congregation. One of his critics obtained a copy of that letter and leaked it onto the Internet.  I was aware of this, and like some other bloggers and official journalists, I requested the church to confirm whether the letter was genuine, and asked for their permission to share the correspondence on my blog.The church … [Read more...]

Why silence about controversies should not be read as agreement

Just in the past few days both my emails and Twitter stream have contained a few direct questions and challenges. I have had people gloatingly point out to me the story of the death of the latest snake handler to meet his inevitable death, demand my response to the Pope sending Kenneth Copeland a message promoting unity, and ask what I think of Steve Chalke's article about how he now approaches the Bible. In addition, I have also noticed that David Yonggi Cho has been found guilty of e … [Read more...]

All we need is love: discussion with Frank Viola about Social Media Principles and Practice for Christians

Frank Viola and I connected online to record this conversation via zoom.us, a tool I am finding very helpful. We spoke about how to approach the Internet, and especially how to approach the arguments that occur online.  We spoke about the risks and benefits of social media.  God's people do not stop being his people when they launch an Internet browser. Exploring together how God would want us to behave in this brave new world is vital.The conversation was at times humourous, and at times F … [Read more...]