March 17, 2020
How is everyone doing today? Hope you’re finding these thoughts helpful as we wait this thing out. I see in our reading from Luke 8 that the theme of the power of the word of God, which we considered in relation to the centurion, continues in the Parable of the Sower. Have you ever noticed the connection […]
March 16, 2020
Few of us have experienced something like what the whole world is focused on right now with the Coronavirus. There is uncertainty and fear and everything might feel a little surreal with whole countries on lock down as an invisible virus wreaks havoc on society. So to help keep our minds focused I thought it […]
January 17, 2020
“Then behold, they brought to him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you’ ” (Matt 9:2). It was an awkward moment. The men had gone to a great deal of trouble to get this paralytic in […]
Categories: 2019, Reflection
January 17, 2020
Introduction The Book of Amos reveals the prophet to be an honest, courageous and passionate man, who distinguished himself from the professional prophets, for they could be corrupted by priests and regal patrons. He was a native of Tekoa, a barren hilly district about six miles south of Bethlehem (Amos 1:1 and 7:14-15). It is […]
Categories: 2019, Exposition
January 16, 2020
January 2019 – DTBR #35. That we are at liberty to serve in the army, or as police constables, take part in politics, or recover debts by legal coercion. This can be stated in a positive way: “Our Kingdom is not of this world”, and we follow the commands of Christ to do no violence. […]
Categories: 2019, First Principles
January 16, 2020
January 2019 The boy with the unclean spirit We find in Mark the scene of a desperate man, a father, with a son who has been horribly sick for some time with seizures and convulsions, often causing him harm: “And someone from the crowd answered him, ‘Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he […]
Categories: 2019, Exhortation
January 16, 2020
 January 2019 The Bull Ring, Birmingham Two months ago, I talked about living in the light of the second coming of Jesus, and how it should illuminate our lives and the way we talk. At the time this somehow led me to remember my somewhat limited experience with open-air preaching. This took place decades ago […]
Categories: 2019, Editorial
August 15, 2014
We know that Jesus chose His apostles for the most important mission in history. “And he said unto them, Go ye unto all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:15-16). But other than the […]
August 15, 2014
Cowering in a house in Jerusalem, their remaining hope was to escape the sword. Jesus had been crucified and buried along with their hopes of seeing his Kingdom established. The eleven who remained were scared. But soon, these same men would turn the world upside down. Soon they would spread God’s word the across the […]