Brief Thought on Evangelism

Evangelism: “the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness” – according to google’s definition.

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Heaven and earth are both important in God’s plan for people- eternal life starts now!

As far as I understand it means the sharing of our hope in Christ with others, so they can know Him, and his Father, now and experience His power and Spirit in their lives immediately, as well as knowing Him in paradise for all eternity afterwards.  Continue reading

What if racism was right?

Dear reader, if you read the title, this is my official disclaimer: this article is not racist and not intended to increase racial tension.  For the proof, read on…

I have already published one article on racism, but I felt compelled to “pen” another.  Here is my attempt to understand the point of view of those who truly believe the creed of racism: please note, I am going to fail!  I understand there are other types but I will stick here to “white person” racism or what a racist type British person might believe… Continue reading

Really Really Real

Clouds and Glory: God's Presence

Clouds and Glory: God’s Presence

Is God really really real to you?

I think that is a big challenge, especially in a society that frequently puts out a message of being “past” believing in God (though this is not actually always backed up by the statistics).  We are constantly told that science or modern thought has made God irrelevant (I don’t think either of these worry Him- either the laws of the world He created or the morality of the people He made in His image).  As a Christian at such a time, we can lose focus on the reality of God, which should really be our automatic starting point, a bit like believing in any other thing we can experience without seeing such as wind or gravity.  So I had some thoughts on how I first approached prayer and how my faith affected it…  (I hope this is helpful)

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Racism and Christianity

OK, I’m going to start with the past, and come to what I hope is the obvious point later.  Sadly, throughout the history of (probably pretty much all) the nations, there have been huge divides and injustices based on race.  Being British, I’ll focus on us: we participated in the highly racist slave trade, treating people from certain places as property.  We also have a very serious history of unpleasantness directed particularly at Jews in our country, though from time to time it would seem they were highly favored (see this article).  I’m not going to apologize for it, because I didn’t do it, but I do heartily condemn these acts across the history of my country, and indeed the Western world.  I like to think things have got better.  I like to think the world we live in now is better.  However, recent events in America show us that there is still further to go.  I’m not going to deal with the actual news-events of the moment, as others have done this better than I could.  I am much more interested in the underlying attitude and what the Bible has to say about it.  Continue reading

Je Suis Moi

Bonjour!  I have had a long think about “Je Suis Charlie” and have come to the following conclusions…

1) Murder is wrong and is always the fault of the person doing the murder, not the victim.

2) “Charlie” was publishing deliberately rude and offensive material.  Morally, I don’t agree with this.

3) Legally, I don’t want offensiveness banned as it is in some cases in the UK.

Though I would never want to publish something just for the sake of being offensive (at least I hope I wouldn’t), I can’t possibly agree with the Papal statement because, as this article argues, it amounts to justifying violence if offense is felt.  God has allowed those who mock him some time to change their minds.  Because God has said that we should leave vengeance for Him, we can’t judge or act in violence against others who mock.  What was Jesus’ reaction to mockery?  Continue reading

Who and What does God use?

There is a story in 2 Kings which goes some way to answering this:

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Death in the Pot

“38 Elisha returned to Gilgal and there was a famine in that region. While the company of the prophets was meeting with him, he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot and cook some stew for these prophets.”

39 One of them went out into the fields to gather herbs and found a wild vine and picked as many of its gourds as his garment could hold. When he returned, he cut them up into the pot of stew, though no one knew what they were. 40 The stew was poured out for the men, but as they began to eat it, they cried out, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it.

41 Elisha said, “Get some flour.” He put it into the pot and said, “Serve it to the people to eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot.”

The question that struck me was: why flour? 

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