Church 

The resurrection of Jesus (links)

There are several posts here all dealing with the historical evidence for the resurrection and inevitably they cover similar ground but also with slightly different contributions. But before I share all of that one extract stood out to me from Scot McKnight  I know all of that, I said. I know all of the alternative suggestions and reasons given by some why the resurrection couldn’t have happened. I know about the confusion of the gospel accounts. I know all of that and yet, I’ve come to the conclusion that Christ…

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Christian Living 

Learning from 1 Thessalonians 4

We’re working through 1 Thessalonians (1,2,3) and chapter 4 gives you a lot to think about. Here are just a few. A good life There is a way of living that pleases God (v.1) and wins the respect of outsiders (v.12) It’s not a check box way of living but something Paul urges the Christians to do ‘more & more’ (v.1-2) This way of life involves avoiding sexual immorality (v.3), impurity (v.7), and being driven by passionate lust (v.5) but controlling our desires (v.4). Rejecting this is rejecting God (v.8)…

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Christian Living 

Resurrection reflections

Don’t rush on from talking or thinking about the resurrection just because it’s not Easter Sunday, after all Jesus continued to make appearances over the course of the following 40 days. The resurrection remains the absolute bedrock of Christian belief – in other words it repays and rewards sustained reflection and attention! “If Christ is risen—then nothing else matters. And if Christ is not risen—then nothing else matters.” – Jaroslav Pelikan — Jared C. Wilson (@jaredcwilson) April 5, 2015   You may want to consider the resurrection from an aplogetics…

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Articles 

Walking on thin ice?

Despite being one of the most secular countries on earth, cultural religion still has a significant role in Swedish society not least in their national holidays. Today the nation is busy having a day off courtesy of the ascension of the saviour of the world. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of preaching on the ascension at Barnabas Community Church in Shrewsbury, UK. Yet the ascension has often been a slightly odd event, this apparent levitation of Jesus into the sky. As I reflected on this, the following…

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Articles 

Not proof of heaven

You may have read recently of the latest account of a near-death experience. It is the latest in the long line of accounts from small boys going to heaven and others having visions of heaven or hell. These stories are all offered as proof of life after death. Frankly, I couldn’t care less. These tales have been phenomenally popular often topping best-seller lists and that at least is proof of something. Proof, perhaps, that despite the decline in commitment to creeds or church there are many people not yet willing to…

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Church 

Resurrection

Today is the best day of my year every year. Better than my birthday, better than my kids birthdays, better than holidays, better than our anniversary, better even than Christmas Day. My entire faith hinges and rests on the foundation of this day. Good Friday is not good if the resurrection never happened. Jesus would be dead, forsaken and abandoned. I would be helpless and hopeless and either still at the mercy of a righteous God or merely waiting for my atoms to return me to the dust. Neither offers…

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