Generous Going

In the final part of my January series on discipleship I talked about Generous Going, following on from Discipleship, Generous Living, and Generous Giving (follow the links for the audios – except for the giving talk, not sure what happened there but we lost the recording. Shame) There’s an initiative that is based in the community of the trinity that takes us beyond ourselves to include others and draw them into the love of God for humanity. For us this draws us into the mess of human lives, the joys,…

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Get Saved

This is the third in my series of posts on the book ‘UnChristian: What a new generation really thinks about Christianity..and why it matters’ (see here and here for earlier posts). The second major complaint is that “Christians are insincere and concerned only with converting others” (Chapter 4, pages 67-90) and have a reputation similar to that of the Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses. In effect we don’t really care about people. The author then explores a number of myths and misconceptions Christians hold about effective evangelism. The best evangelism efforts…

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Where should Generosity flow from?

Last Sunday I preached from Colossians 2:6-7 on growing in Christ. In my understanding growing in Christ is what discipleship is about, it is about obeying Christ and following Christ. That has led me to freshly reflect on the two greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” If I love God with all that I have, if I love people as I love myself then how…

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Discipleship implies community

I preached about church on Sunday from Colossians (listen here) and a few things have struck me since on further reflection. To love the church, to really love the body of Christ as Jesus does is to love others. To love God and to love your neighbour are intimately and intricately woven together. I didn’t bring that out as well as I could have done and it’s only really hitting me now. Secondly, this feeds into another train of thought that has been swirling around for a while, which is…

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