Performance Related Pay is Anti-Christian

If you thought you could earn salvation with better prayers, more church-going, good deeds, bible study, you’re doing everything Jesus died to set you free from.

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4 Questions that will test your spiritual fitness

You can’t fully follow Jesus unless you are willing to daily nail all self-interest to the cross.

How to minister like an introvert

I love being around crowds. I love cities and crowded restaurants. I love mingling with people after church on Sundays. But all of that exhausts me. Am I an introvert or extrovert? I’ve heard it said that the extrovert is energised by being around people where the introvert is energised by being alone. As much…

Why a raincoat could be bad for you

Not only had Jesus removed the disciples’ staff, bag, bread and money; he wants to leave them with nothing but the shirts on their backs.

You carry the authority of Jesus

Have you ever wished you could share your faith more easily? Do you ever long to see a proper, indisputable healing? Me too. I’m working on it all the time! Jesus sent out his 12 disciples in Luke 9 with 2 tasks: Preach the Kingdom Heal the sick Well, as I just read that, I…

5 Reasons I’m glad my daughter died

I had never felt so desperate. My 12 year old daughter was dying. The doctors had done all they could and the family had quietly began to gather. Then I heard Jesus was back in town. I knew he was my only hope. I forced my way through the crowds. Some people made way for me…

Jesus, the Devil and Pigs

Do you realise just how powerful Jesus is? Maybe in my day-to-day ordinary world I sometimes forget. The stories in Luke 8 are a great reminder. Not only does Jesus demonstrate his power over nature (calming the storm) but he then shows even greater power – complete control of the spirit world. Those poor disciples…

Hearing and Persevering

The Christian life is all about hearing and persevering. In the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8) the good soil that produced the harvest represented those who heard, retained and persevered in God’s word. In the following Parable of the Lamp Jesus reminds us that what we listen to we illuminate. “Be careful how you listen.”…

Reaping a Harvest: 2 lessons from Jesus

Yesterday I read about the need for good seed, i.e. the Word of God as an antidote to worry, and the temptations of riches and pleasures (Luke 8 – Parable of the Sower). Jesus extends this thought in the next parable – the Parable of the Lamp. These are not two isolated stories. In the same…

Herod’s Hard Heart

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signalled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”   When word of…