Doubts and accusations welcome

“So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”” John 11:16 Thomas is the disciple who will later refuse to believe in the resurrection until he can place his hands in the scars on Jesus’ hands. And his lack of faith is evident here…

The disciples don’t get it

“After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus told them…

To Bethany

{This is the start of a series of articles looking at the death of Lazarus} “Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha” John 11:1 Bethany is a town that Jesus visits several times in scriptures. It is here that Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with oil.…

Water at Midday

““Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”” John 4:6-7 At the well in the heat of the day (the sixth hour being…

Living water

“So he [Jesus] came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field ehat Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus…

Rejecting Mudpies

““‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”” Revelation 3:15 It is easy to slip into what is safe and comfortable. To settle into routines and patterns that enable…

Clean hands, pure hearts, seek God

How can we be authentic in living out our faith, not lukewarm but on fire with passion for God? How can we live in such a way as to make the Christian faith attractive to those around us, to make them want what we have? I think the answer can be found in the words…

But God

All is hopeless. Because of our pride and rebellion we are cut off from God. We were created for eternity but because we think we know best and turn from God’s laws each of us dies. This was not the way it was supposed to be. We were meant to be in the paradise of…

The case against Pastor McConnell and the Gospel

This week in Belfast, capital city of Northern Ireland – a country that would still regard itself as a very Christian country – Pastor James McConnell faces trial over remarks he made in a 2014 sermon about Islam. He stated “People say there are good Muslims in Britain – that may be so – but…

The world v the Word

God’s word helps us stay rooted. It speaks truth into our souls. It anchors us to righteousness in the tossing waves of culture’s folly and error. The word speaks truth that exposes culture’s lies   The world says we are the result of chance but the Word says we are fearfully and wonderfully made The…