April 2, 2020

It is easy to pray for your friends, and for your family. But what about your enemies? And I don’t mean praying down God’s righteous judgement on them!  Jesus urges us clearly: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matt. 5:44) Perhaps you have a difficult boss? Someone cut you up on the road (remember when we could all drive freely?) Or someone who has treated you appallingly. Sometimes our suffering is the direct result of someone else’s… Read more

April 1, 2020

Today I’d like to share my interview with Keith and Kristyn Getty. We chatted about their new hymn “Christ our Hope in Life and Death” and their hymn singing livestream as a family now they are isolated due to coronavirus.   Listen the the Podcast Watch the Getty Family Hymncast   Listen to “Christ our Hope in Life and Death” Read more

March 31, 2020

What is revival? Could God use the current situation to pour out a special blessing on the Church? In this wide ranging interview we talk about the Lewis revival, and an experience I had when I was a child at school. I also recount a time Terry Virgo mentioned feeling something of a touch of revival hearing Lloyd-Jones preach. I hope this interview may stir up in you a hunger for personal spiritual renewal and corporate revival. Watch the Interview… Read more

March 30, 2020

Western society is probably the worst that has ever existed at dealing with difficult times. This is concerning given that we are currently living through the worst global crisis since the Second World War. Tim Keller explains: “Nothing is more important than to learn how to maintain a life of purpose in the midst of painful adversity . . . Sociologists and anthropologists have analyzed and compared the various ways that cultures train its members for grief, pain, and loss…. Read more

March 29, 2020

Suffering will come to us all eventually. Some of us have to wait longer than others before we face really hard life altering painful situations. For some of us what is happening right now in the Coronavirus world-wide crisis is the hardest thing we have ever had to face. Perhaps you are not able to work. Maybe you are experiencing financial difficulties. Maybe a loved one is really sick or has died and you are grieving. But perhaps for you so… Read more

March 28, 2020

We can visit churches easily now, that is one of the blessings of the current situation. I intend to explore some live services over these weeks of isolation. Today let me share with you an encouraging service from Emmanual Church Brighton. The service includes worship and a sermon by Joel Virgo.  Here are my notes from his sermon. Faith on its own is useless. Faith is only useful because of its object. Do you have Jesus? To deal with our… Read more

March 25, 2020

I went live on Facebook to talk about some practical tips and some science regarding the Coronavirus situation in the UK. I will end this article with some links to other articles discussed in the video. Perhaps the most exciting thing from a medical point of view that I mention in passing is the idea of giving antibodies from people who have recovered from Coronavirus to help treat those who are suffering. I mentioned that there is shortly going to… Read more

March 21, 2020

Life is suffering. It is complex and tragic and difficult. The price we pay for being is suffering. We should not aim for happiness, because the purpose of life is not happiness. Happiness is done in by the first harsh blow that life deals you. If we make out happiness is the ideal state of being then anyone who experiences pain and suffering and tragedy will  feel ashamed and think there’s something wrong with them. If your philosophy is shallow and… Read more

March 17, 2020

“The Church being scattered has happened through the ages. It’s just that in the past and in the biblical time, they got scattered by persecution. Now we get scattered by an infection, but the point is, no matter how you are being scattered, there must be incarnation. You must take Jesus wherever you go.” “I want to say this to you. Do not neglect, gathered being with one another. This is the point at which for you as a Christian, you grow… Read more

March 14, 2020

Many people are suddenly being told they have to work from home or self-isolate thanks to  coronavirus. Sometimes this is because they are sick in which case they must totally isolate themselves, but for others this is healthy people whose office has asked them to work from home. Or it may be someone who has a medical condition. Many blood cancer patients including myself are already trying to significanty reduce social contact according to charity advice. Other groups will also be… Read more

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