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

September 8, 2018

So those following my health story may remember that a month ago my lymphocyte count was 53 which represented a relatively fast growth (for CLL anyway) and a doubling time of around three months. Last Tuesday I went back to UCLH and had another blood test four weeks later to the day and it is now 70 which is exactly what the exponential growth curve my count has been on for the last seven months would have predicted. At the… Read more

August 23, 2018

Suffering will come at some stage in every Christian’s life. It will either drive you deeper in your relationship with God or turn you away from him. Your call which…   As part of Blood Cancer Awareness Month I am supporting Leukaemia Care’s Spot Leukaemia campaign and talking about the need to recognise symptoms in yourself and get help early, as well as my experiences as a Christian going through it. In a raw and open half an hour interview… Read more

August 19, 2018

As far as I knew my condition was relatively stable back in April, when I posted about my first year of being diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL). One year in I had just about got used to the new normal. Little did I know then that like the path in this photo I took of the South Downs, my journey was about to take a detour. I have been living in what some people call “CLL  purgatory”.  I was… Read more

August 16, 2018

Last Sunday, my dear friend and pastor Tope Koleoso preached the second part in a series on Loving God which was kicked off the previous week by one of our other pastors. Tope opened up much more than he typically does, and shared personal stories which helped illustrate his point that LOVING God is absolutely central to everything in the Christian life. I urge you to watch it, since although you may think you know all there is to know… Read more

August 2, 2018

Can I be sure I am going to Heaven? In one of my recent articles, a pastor from the 1600s offered the suffering Christian the encouragement that whatever they are suffering here on earth is “all the hell you shall ever know.” A commentator on that post asked “can a Christian lose their salvation?” Lets make this personal: What if I slip up and fall? What if I commit a big sin? What if I ‘backslide’ on my faith, perhaps even… Read more

July 30, 2018

  Jesus clearly promises that he will send the Holy Spirit and commanded us to receive Him. Yet this clear instruction is left off many lists of Jesus commands. Perhaps it is ommitted because we cannot fill ourselves Holy Spirit. Yet if we have been paying attention throughout this series so far we will have seen that  by ourselves we cannot obey most of the commands of Jesus. In the verses below we see that the Holy Spirit is sent… Read more

July 25, 2018

There is a little book called “The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod.” written by Thomas Brooks in the 1600s which speaks about how suffering can be seen in some senses as God’s loving discipline for us. Of course it was written in an era, unlike ours, of great suffering. I commend this little book to you which I have read this morning thanks to one of my readers recommending it in a comment on my Preparing for Unexpected Suffering post. The… Read more

July 17, 2018

Desiring God Ministries have just published an article I’ve written on preparing for sickness and other forms of suffering. We will ALL experience suffering at some point in our lives. It often comes with no warning, and may come to us sooner than we expect. Without becoming riddled with fear, we would be wise to prepare for the unexpected. Like most who read this article, I live in a historical anomaly when it comes to suffering. I have access to clean… Read more

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