Each article here is based on a sermon given in our church, but re-composed for the comfort of reading. We have many more that will be uploaded soon.
On the cross Jesus shouted “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Sceptics claim that he was shocked and confused at what was happening to him. But he wasn’t. Jesus was shouting the first verse of Psalm 22. He knew he had endured all that the Psalm spoke of. His shout was the shout of victory. Read more
‘Wives submit to your husbands, husbands love your wives’ – Paul’s Ephesian teaching on marriage has provoked many arguments. But in our heated discussions we often miss the mood and feel of his original words. Paul’s words were not designed to provoke, in fact he talks of love and submission with such warmth that we can almost imagine the couple cuddling next to a cosy fire. Read more
When we pray for healing should we expect everyone to be healed or some to be healed? And when we pray for the dead to be raised should we expect everyone to be raised or some to be raised? The answer lies in the subject of the kingdom of God. Is it already here or is it still to come?Jesus demonstrated the kingdom of God by healing, delivering, raising the dead, multiplying bread, calming the sea, and doing other miracles. Read more
No baby, no manger, no shepherds, no wise men, no guiding star, not even a virgin! This is John’s nativity – he omits them all. For John Christmas is simply: the Word became flesh. Not as cute as the baby, not the stuff that inspires awesome snow scenes, but it has the same conclusion: Jesus is Emmanuel – God with us. Or put John’s way – the Word become flesh. Read more
If God promised you a child would you expect it to happen through your maid? No! You would expect your wife to conceive. Abraham’s decision to have a child through Hagar the maid was an act of unbelief. Even in a culture where barren women occasionally resorted to having children through servants, you would not expect a promise of God to be fulfilled that way. And Abraham knew this! Read more
People love prophecy; even those who are not religious like to discuss predictions of the future. But it gets much more interesting when the predictions come true. At times it may be coincidence, but at other times the predictions can be weirdly accurate. But when we get to Jesus and the way in which he fulfilled Old Testament prophecy we get to a level of prediction that can only be described as ridiculously accurate.In this post I focus on the Read more