Kingdom: Judgement

[Matthew 7:1-5] “Judge not, that you be not judged” Matthew 7:1 The next topic Jesus addresses in His Kingdom manifesto Sermon on the Mount is the area of judgement. Judgement is an area many of us Christians are pretty good at, but when we look at what Jesus says it is clear that as Kingdom…

Kingdom: Provision

[Matthew 6:25-34, 7:7-11] “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25 In the next section of the Sermon on the…

Passion Even So Come: Review

Even so Come (out March 17th) is this year’s worship album release from the Passion Conference, which was recorded in front of over 30,000 college students at three separate Passion gatherings in Atlanta and Houston. Each year the worship release from Passion ranks among my favourite worship releases, and I don’t foresee this year being…

Kingdom: Money

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” Matthew 6:24 Jesus’ next statement in the Sermon on the Mount is challenging for us. We live in a society…

Scary Close – Donald Miller: Review

Scary Close is the new book from renowned author Donald Miller (famous for Blue like Jazz). While popular Donald exists on the outside of mainstream Christian culture and has more than his fair share of critics, mainly because he is not afraid to ask questions and admit to his doubts and flaws. Personally I am…

Jesus > ISIS

Early this morning news broke that ISIS had martyred 21 of our Egyptian brothers in Christ in Libya, purely because they were ‘people of the cross’. Today, we stand as one with the Coptic church. We weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15). They stood true to their faith in Christ, refusing to reject Him,…

Romans for You 8-16 Review

The book of Romans is one of many people’s favourite books in the bible, containing a great explanation of the gospel, and how our lives are transformed in light of it. But it isn’t always the most straight forward read, full of deep theology. A new commentary/devotional from Tim Keller aims to make it more…

Bonhoeffer abridged: Pastor, Martyr, Spy REVIEW

Eric Metaxas wrote a pretty hefty biography of the incredible WW2 German Pastor Bonhoeffer. And now a condensed edition has been released. Consider this the highlights version. I haven’t read the original to know what is left out, but all the key events from Bonhoeffer’s life, from birth to his untimely death at the hands…

Kingdom: Standards

””You have heard…But I say“” Matthew 5:27-28 In the next passage from the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:21-30) Jesus talksabout some of the rules and regulations that had been handed down through the generations. Rules that came straight from God via Moses. Rules like do not commit murder and do not commit adultery. Rules…