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

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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

The Simplest Thing: Right Here

As the title suggests, I am easing myself back into blogging with something simple, but startling.  Putting aside all religious trappings, tradition, and current problems, God is right here.  Right here in this room as I am typing.  I have his promise on that.  True that promise comes from Jesus the Son, but where He is, there His Father is too. Continue reading

Persecutions

Conversion of Saul, Gloucester

Conversion of Saul, Gloucester (Photo credit: TheRevSteve)

Have you been persecuted recently?  Check: have you been killed for your faith?  OK, probably not if you’re reading this and likely to respond.  But across the world the most serious, widespread persecution of Christians occurred in guess which century?   Yes, this one, and it probably does not matter when you read this, because its been on a steady increase for ages.  Some evidence for this is available at the Voice of the Martyrs blog, with a cautionary tale about overdepedence on statistics.  Individual stories can be found in books like Jesus Freaks (an excellent and moving read) and even Wikipedia managed to have a factual article (see the recent history section under “Persecution of Christians”).  As pointed out here, the western world tends to ignore this, as it does not fit in with the West’s anti-Christian thought patterns,  because if the Christians are the bad guys, then we can go on living materialistic self-worshipping lives with no thought to the future judgement, yes?  The Bible’s phrasing of this is “people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).  No, I’m not suggesting a conspiracy here- the people are in darkness, and are blinded to what is really going on in the spiritual realm…

This paints a pretty grim picture, from a worldly point of view, but what about what the scriptures have to say on this?  What should our response be?  Continue reading

New Religions For Old

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Bible (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

People are often happy to critique and indeed mock Christianity for “stealing” another religion’s ideas (i.e. having Christmas at about the same time of year as an old pagan festival), but what of the biggest and most blatant copy-cat of all: Islam’s attempt to have all of the Jewish and Christian scriptures as witnesses to the “truth” of the new religion?
More academic work has been taken on at http://www.answering-islam.org/Walid/corruption.html and by numerous others, but I just want to go through the basic argument.

1) The Qur’an states that the Bible was true.

2) The Qur’an states that God’s words can not be changed.

3) The Qur’an states (say some) that the scriptures of the Jews and Christians got corrupted.

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