December 26, 2018

This is the top 40 most read posts on my blog from this year. There is a good mix of old and new. It is good to see that some of the posts in my Jesus Commands series have been quite widely read. If you are looking for a review of the year, the closest I have written to that this year is my post summarising ten commandments of Jesus, and my health update video. If you have some Christmas… Read more

December 23, 2018

A Happy Christmas to all of you. May you have a peaceful, restful, and joyous time with your friends and family. The video below is my Christmas greeting and health update. Read more

December 21, 2018

I have been a little quiet on here recently and will share more about my health soon. But now that I have a bit of mental energy, here is a video review or walkthrough of the new Logos 8 Bible Software. This also shows how I use it with Notability which is a fantastic note taking tool I have recently discovered. Notability allows me to mix handwritten notes, text, PDFs, Word documents, and audio files all in one fully searchable… Read more

December 14, 2018

Do you really LOVE Jesus? If so, Jesus himself says to you as the year draws near to a close: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) Many of us want to live our own way. And so to hear that someone else wants to tell us how to live may challenge our sense of independence and self-determination. But everyone serves a master.  The only question is who is yours? What if your master loved you… Read more

October 10, 2018

Fear and trust sound like opposites. And yet Jesus commands both from us. We are much more comfortable with the idea that we are meant to trust Jesus, so I will start there. View the PDF of this post for ease of printing. Perhaps surprisingly, when you search the gospels in most English translations, you don’t actually find Jesus commanding us to trust him. One notable exception, however, is found in the Living Bible: “Don’t be afraid. Just trust me.”… Read more

October 1, 2018

  In a huge storm that terrified hardened fisherman, Jesus slept. He seemed distant, uncaring to them. Yet this was the very same Jesus who wept. Does God sometimes seem asleep to you too? When they woke him, Jesus asked perhaps one of the most staggering questions in the Bible: Why are YOU so afraid? Jesus asks you this same question today. It is a real question. He cares about the answer. He wants to hear what it is you… Read more

September 29, 2018

Earlier this week I posted about how Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters SO he waited. I believe in a God who heals. I also believe he heals not just miraculously but by doctors and the medicines they develop. On and off this year I have been sharing the story of my journey with blood cancer.  Now I am about to start the next phase. So on the 11 October I will be starting chemotherapy with FCR on the Flair… Read more

September 25, 2018

Only the compassion of Jesus can sustain us when we face real challenges. This morning, I am heading to UCLH to be told what form of chemotherapy or related treatment I will need to take. I know many have prayed for my supernatural healing. But as I was thinking of this yesterday,  I was reminded of Jesus’ response to hearing that his friend was sick: Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her… Read more

September 24, 2018

Professionalism can be the enemy of Christian compassion. A certain extent of professionalism is appropriate in many Christian careers. It is a necessary feature of self-care. It helps you keep sane and to serve the people you are caring for the best. Professionalism must always be kept within limits by Christians, however, no matter what field they are working in. Excessive professionalism can strip our humanity away. Professionalism has little if any home in pastoral ministry. I am not a… Read more

September 22, 2018

Much of modern Evangelicalism and in particular its views on social justice would sound alien to Jesus. Many Christians have moved a long way from Jesus and his view of the World. Christians are followers of Jesus. Shouldn’t we behave like him? Shouldn’t our concerns mirror his? To follow Jesus we must know him. And we must reflect him. We are called to be his representatives in the World.  The whole point of my recent series on the commands of… Read more

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