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A Tree Between Two Mountains

“We must not fall into the trap of only seeing God on the mountain tops of life; falsely believing that if we soak enough of Him in in those moments it will sustain us until the next peak. God is in the valley also. God is in the dry and barren places. God meets us in the shadow of the Broom tree. There, as he does in all places, God sustains us with what is needed for the journey ahead.”…

Gospel Generosity

Have you ever been to a restaurant where the food is exquisite but there is almost none of it on the plate? The meal arrives and there is a lot of white plate, an elegant arrangement, the finest cuisine, but it is disappointingly small. Personally, I prefer a meal that is little less exotic and a whole lot more generous. I love it when the food is not only good but plentiful. A similar difference can be seen among people.…

But God Makes No Mistakes

“Nothing in this world is haphazard. There is nothing random or unplanned about the circumstances you are in right now, even if those circumstances seem very hard. Rather, God is leading you by the way he deems most appropriate, the way he has determined is most fitting for your spiritual growth. Just as one tree grows best in a sheltered valley and one by the edge of a gentle stream, another grows best on a bleak mountaintop where it is…

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Following a Parenting Method

“Some parents embark on the great task of raising a child already convinced of a particular parenting method. They’ve done the research, read the books, scoured the forums, and have made up their minds. Other parents embark on the great task of raising a child without having put any substantial thought into methodology. They haven’t completed the hours of research, haven’t read the books, haven’t scoured the forums, and basically intend to learn as they go. What’s remarkable to me…

How Can I Believe in God if I Can’t See Him?

“Many people have said to me before, “If I could just see Jesus I would believe in him.” In my braver moments I reply, “No you wouldn’t—if you saw Jesus, you would kill him!” Because that’s what people did. Thousands of people witnessed Jesus perform miracles impossible to man. And yet it was those same crowds that cried out for his crucifixion. Seeing is not believing: just look at those who saw Jesus and did not believe.” Read more…

God – where were you?

“God, where were you?” That’s the good version of the question, because you are still on speaking terms with the Lord. But if this question is left unresolved, over time it becomes, “Where was God when __________ happened [I was raped, my child died, I was fired because of someone’s lies…]? You are no longer talking to God, you are now talking about him. Later? Just silence. God, from your perspective, is no longer a player in everyday life. Read more…

Where do you park your car at church?

“When we meet together, everything we do has the purpose of pointing to Jesus in the loving service of others, because everything we do is shaped by who we were and who we now are in Christ as part of his body. There are no self-serve checkouts at church. We aren’t here for our shopping list, we’re here to serve everyone else. Since we are members of one body, we show devotion to one another. We love sincerely. We honour…

101 Small Ways to Share the Gospel

“Of all the things that are difficult in the life of a Christian, talking to someone else about the Gospel is probably one of the hardest. For most of us, we’re content to sit in our little church pews and sing some songs, while resisting the constant temptations that life tends to throw at us tends to take up the majority of our willpower.  Evangelism? That’s only for super Christians. Fortunately, it doesn’t need to be that difficult. One of…

The Everyday Relevance of Eternal Life

“Knowing your journey ends in a feast of untainted, cloudless, eternal joy completely reframes how you experience the passing pleasures of this life. These pleasures are appetisers. It’s their job to whet our appetites, not satisfy them. That means we can savour sweet gifts while we have them in solidarity with the banquet to come. They are foretastes of glory divine.” Read more…

Getting a Life

“One of my personal strategies for sticking with Jesus is to periodically remind myself of how lame Plan B is. Jesus is offering Life. Not life as maximized choice. But Life. That is, Spirit-lead life, the life of the age to come, life in fellowship with Father, Son and Spirit, a life of proleptic participation in the new creation with the community of the forgiven and in mission in the world: the kind of life that is truly life, even…