The Sunday meeting

Does your church meet on Sunday? If it does, do you know why you do what you do? Does the person you sit next to know? I’ve been going to church meetings and services since I was born. For the last 39 years the overwhelming majority of my Sundays have featured a church service. As a child this was a given, as a teenager it was resented, as a student it was often a source of guilt, as a church leader they were both the high point and the most exhausting point of…

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Seven ways our lives can tell the Gospel

I’ve often wondered how we should live our lives so that it declares the gospel. It’s too easy to fall into a check-box legalism that ends with all the joy sucked out of life as the burdens of rule-keeping eventually weigh you down. Too often churches have encouraged their followers to a lifestyle that says ‘we are under the law’ and not ‘saved by grace’. The problem is if you asked people to describe a lifestyle that declares grace and not law, you often end up in a mix of actions…

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Leave none alive

I recently had a conversation with a friend about one of the big apologetic questions: God’s involvement in what would seem, to modern eyes and ears, to be genocide. I followed up the conversation by collecting some blog resources that addressed the issue and thought they may helpfully serve others. There are a few points worth remembering when trying to frame an answer here, we need to think hard about all of God’s character. What does it really mean if we affirm God is holy and God is just and God is…

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