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Church as a Bride

7th December 2018

In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul goes deep into the nature and form of Church.

He waxes lyrical about the riches of Christ that we can enjoy together as we live and love one another as his Church. Not far from the end of the letter, Paul calls husbands and wives to live in unity by pointing t[...]

Metaphors for Church

30th November 2018
How would you describe the smell of, say, lavender? It is soft and fresh. It’s gently fruity, it’s like clean bedsheets. Can you see what I did there? Those metaphors helped us ‘feel’ the smell. And saying the word “feel” is another metaphor! Scripture is stuffed full of a rich variety of metaphors. Jesus was […]

Unchanging God of Change

15th October 2018
It’s a striking image. Fresh, tender leaves unfurl and reach up to their first light, with a single soft white bud forming. But make no mistake, this wee seedling is a force to be reckoned with: to get here it had to break through inches of tarmac and compacted stones. It won the fight.

Church as a business, or Church as a tribe?

21st September 2018

The previous post on this blog (We Want a King!) delved into what it says when we look for certain kinds of autocratic leadership in church situations. God is our ultimate king, and godly church leadership will always point people to His rulership, not take its place.

That leads us to the next question: how then, shoul[...]

We want a king!

14th September 2018

How we lead and how we follow reveals a lot about us. Let’s explore this.

Like a blazingly bright city on a hill, like a vibrant international tribe or like a fire lit by God Himself, the Church is the most exciting thing to be part of on earth, if we see it right. It’s God’s family an[...]

A picture of generosity

9th March 2018

Some reflections on generosity looking at the New Testament and early church writings.

What does the New Testament really say about true generosity? What comes out looks rather different from the almost unquestioned acceptance by evangelical Christians today of tithing (giving 10 percent of your income) as a guide for financial giving. Here are some thoughts about givingR[...]

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