Is the word “no” always negative?

No one like the word “no.” In my roles as parent, pastor, in the past as a teacher, I found that the word “no” often has negative connotations. Christians can sometimes be most clearly defined that the things they say “no” about. The Christian life can sometimes feel just like a bunch of things weContinue reading “Is the word “no” always negative?”

Grace That Saves and Sustains

The most significant moment in my life came when I first truly felt the forgiveness and grace of Jesus in my heart and in my life. I got strong armed into going to an all-night prayer meeting led by some pastors from South Korea. I remember turning up to the prayer meeting and trying toContinue reading “Grace That Saves and Sustains”

A Poem on the Kingdom

The Kingdom of Heaven is the place where you’re free. A place of healing, repentance, and poverty, of Spirit, persecution, slander, they’ll hate you for teaching, and preaching, and following, and living, and praying not fate, but your kingdom come. The Kingdom of heaven is about freely giving and contradictorily trusting the Father’s will andContinue reading “A Poem on the Kingdom”

Being One: Some Thoughts on Unity

I remember the first time I ever preached on Christian unity in a Church. I preached from John 17 with passion and energy about how Christian unity is a sign to the world, a message to the world, about who Jesus is and the power of the Gospel. I thought the sermon went well. AfterContinue reading “Being One: Some Thoughts on Unity”

God’s forgiveness and our encouragement

I am hoping in this blog post to explore the connection between forgiveness, loving others, encouragement, and the death of Jesus. Perhaps that may seem convoluted, but I hope to suggest that the author of Hebrews actually combines all of these things together. Firstly, it is important to stress that forgiveness is possible not becauseContinue reading “God’s forgiveness and our encouragement”

You were bought with a price

When we begin to think about the practical and pastoral applications and outworkings of the Gospel in our own lives, it is important to remember how they have been purchased for us through the death of Jesus. For example, many of us are aware that the New Testament teaches that forgiveness is primarily given byContinue reading “You were bought with a price”