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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Questions 3 - Who Do You Say I Am?"

1      Introduction

One day Jesus and his disciples were entering Caesarea Philippi. Jesus asks his disciples a question; “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”  They answer “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” The variety and uncertainty (“some say”) may suggest that it is the disciples themselves who are still unsure of how to answer, not so much what the people are saying. The first question sets the scene, though, for the next, more personal and very direct question. In fact, this is arguably the most important question of all time.

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter jumps in with confidence;

“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

As we read this passage we too are confronted with this same question, and it is the topic for our discussion today. “Who do you say I am?”

Monday, April 28, 2014

Questions - 2. What difference does belief in the Trinity make?

1      Introduction

The Trinity is one of the most difficult aspects of Christian theology yet at the same time arguably the most important. What we understand God to be like impacts how we understand what God does. Robert Letham has suggested that “In the West, the Trinity has in practice been relegated to such an extent that most Christians are little more than practical modalists.”[1] In other words, in practical terms, the Trinity really has no impact on the way most Christians live and move within their faith. 

How can this be?

Clearly, if theologians suggest that this a “fundamental aspect of the Christian vision of God”[2] then surely this must have an impact on the way we worship, the way we engage in mission as well as our understanding of what it means to be a people of the Triune God. These are the things we will be focusing upon today. So, whilst we will make an attempt to describe the Trinity in ways that are understandable, really the question is “What difference does a belief in the Trinity make?”

Monday, March 31, 2014

Questions - 1. How Do You Read It?

I've started a new series of bible studies at church this year called "Questions?". Here I choose a particular question of interest, present some material on it, and then the group discusses it. The first of these questions was "How do you read it?"; a question that Jesus asked of the "expert in the law" in Luke 10:26. Whilst not addressing the passage directly, I find this particular question to be one of the most important for Christians to consider. Here's the material I presented for discussion below.
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Sunday, December 29, 2013

"The Army" - A Poem


The Army

You seem to be frustrated
with the way that things are done
Decisions that have been made
or how the message comes.
 
You say “The Army could do better."
"If only!”, so you say
“They did the things they’re s’pposed to do,
but did them all my way.”

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Bible Reading the Runners Way

Almost at the finish line!
For almost two years now I’ve been a “runner”. It’s a great pastime for me. A time of recreation and contemplation, but also a physical challenge that I really enjoy. This year I completed my first marathon. There’s much more to a marathon than just turning up at the start line on the day and running 42.195km to cross the finish line. A lot of training is required in order to achieve that feat.

Most marathon training plans include at least four types of training runs, each with their own purpose. The first is broadly categorised as “speed” work. This can take the form of intervals, fartleks (Yes, it’s a real term. Look it up), hill repeats, and many other variations in between. The purpose of this training run is to increase your pace. They tend to be shorter overall, but intense effort throughout.