Sermon notes, why and how?

Two things encourage me most as a preacher; one is seeing people get their heads stuck into Scripture and following along in the text as I preach and the second is seeing people take notes. If a Christian goes to church every Sunday of the year then they hear 52 sermons a year, if theyContinue reading “Sermon notes, why and how?”

The most important weapon in your possession…

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, or have ever spoken to me at all you’ll know that I read tons and tons of books. I enjoy devouring information and learning from the insights of many people who are much smarter than myself. But the most important weapon that any ChristianContinue reading “The most important weapon in your possession…”

The identity of every human being…

We live in a world where many people are searching for their identity. People are asking the question ‘who am I?’ People are searching for purpose and meaning in life. But many people don’t know where to look. People are find a sense of identity in their jobs, social status, relationship status, likes on FaceBook,Continue reading “The identity of every human being…”

Who am I, what is my identity?

Who am I? What is my identity? These are two massive questions that our world seems to be wrestling with. As one would expect, the world tries to answer this question by looking within the individual, it’s the “I am who and what I want to be” kind of attitude. But the Bible presents aContinue reading “Who am I, what is my identity?”

Truth trumps experience…

We all have a different story, we all come from different back grounds and have different experiences. I was raised in a charismatic church, then went to a conservative evangelical church, then went to a Presbyterian church, now I’m back serving in an independent evangelical church. I was raised egalitarian and Arminian (I think), nowContinue reading “Truth trumps experience…”

What I read on holiday…

I was working over Christmas and New Year and had quite a busy time, but as 2020 came into being I had just over a week off. But don’t let the picture confuse you, I was not on a tropical beach. My wife, Sabine, and I enjoyed a week of holiday in our flat inContinue reading “What I read on holiday…”

The almost forgotten spiritual discipline…

‘Spiritual discipline’ I know it sounds weird, it’s a thing that seems to have fallen from the lips of many Christians today. We don’t hear the phrase much, is it because we hate the word discipline? Is it because we worry that calling something spiritual makes it sound mystical and dubious? Or is it becauseContinue reading “The almost forgotten spiritual discipline…”

Interactive Bible reading, some tips…

I’ve been doing a lot of reading over the years, but only recently (maybe the past year or so) did I actually start marking up my books. I wanted to keep my books as pristine as possible, and this was also true for my Bible. So for a long time, probably about 3 years, IContinue reading “Interactive Bible reading, some tips…”

Study the Word…

As 2020 is coming just over the horizon maybe, like many Christians in the world, you’re thinking “What will I study in the Bible this year?” We spend so much time thinking about what we, as adults, do and study in our quiet times, but do we afford our children and young people the sameContinue reading “Study the Word…”