IDOLS IN THE TEMPLE Part 4: The Tithe (A)

The preacher’s face reddened as he belted out his favorite (some said his only) Sunday morning message.  With Bible held high and voice rising, he loudly reminded the congregation of our duty to faithfully bring the whole tithe (with emphasis on w-h-O-l-e) into the storehouse. Not to do so was to commit that gravest of … Continue reading IDOLS IN THE TEMPLE Part 4: The Tithe (A)

Idols In The Temple Part Three: “Feel Good” Worship

Artwork is 'Cain and Abel'  by A.N. Miranov. Licensed Under Creative Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cain_and_Abel._Mironov.jpg   This is Part Three in the series “Idols In The Temple”.  You are encouraged to also read Part One and Part Two . In the beginning, before humanity’s great Fall in Eden, worship was undivided.  The created worshiped the Creator.  Pure, … Continue reading Idols In The Temple Part Three: “Feel Good” Worship

Locusts and Wild Honey

Picture from Free Bible Images He was said to prefer the isolated expanse of the wilderness to the noisy, populated villages and towns.  People said he snacked on wild honey from the rock crevices and ate locusts for breakfast. And there were rumours an angel had announced his impending birth. He must have been an … Continue reading Locusts and Wild Honey

Idols In The Temple: Part Two, Church Leadership

It is recommended that you read Part One of Idols In The Temple prior to reading this post. Part Two Under discussion in this post is the first of our idols in the temple:  Church Leadership. For most of us church leadership is easily identifiable.  Walk into a local church for the first time and … Continue reading Idols In The Temple: Part Two, Church Leadership

Idols In The Temple, Part One

Idolatry.  It’s not a word we hear often in the church scene these days.  It’s not a word we like to hear. Sure, it may be mentioned in a sermon referencing ancient Israel or the cultures early Christians or missionaries interacted with, but seldom is it applied as relevant to modern, enlightened Christian believers.  Because … Continue reading Idols In The Temple, Part One

The Quest For Rest

When Jesus spoke the words “the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” He was not referring merely to physical comforts (Matt. 8:20).  From the beginning of creation God has actively sought a resting place for Himself  among humankind. In the first chapter of Genesis we see a progressive revelation of the environment … Continue reading The Quest For Rest

The Rock and The Hard Place (From The Archives)

A night of high drama. A brotherly kiss between friends, but not all is at it seems. Eyes meet in a silent moment of raw, agonising truth. Hearts are laid bare. One man weeps hot bitter tears; another discards all hope. A bag of silver coins is thrown in the dust. A verdict, a sentence … Continue reading The Rock and The Hard Place (From The Archives)

Hidden In Plain Sight

Let’s be clear.  A gospel that does not progressively awaken us to the truth that Christ’s sacrifice is all sufficient is not the gospel of the Kingdom Christ preached.  A gospel message that teaches we can gain God’s favour by anything in addition to faith in His Son will ultimately produce dysfunctional disciples in whom … Continue reading Hidden In Plain Sight

Unlearning A Perverted Gospel

There are all kinds of ways to hear the gospel.  We may hear it in a church, from someone speaking on TV or radio, or perhaps by direct conversation with another person.  'Faith comes by hearing' is a maxim drummed in to us from very early in our Christian journey.  We hear, through faith the … Continue reading Unlearning A Perverted Gospel

The Magnificent Pursuit

He watched intently, wordlessly, as they departed the sacred Garden where all of them had walked together.  There they had communed, talking, laughing and celebrating each other’s presence, while Spirit-breeze, the Ruarch, gently caressed their faces and the sunset marked the end of another perfect day in Eden.  This day the sunset would not find … Continue reading The Magnificent Pursuit

Everybody Got A Hungry Heart

Within the recesses of the human heart there is a gnawing hunger common to all humanity.  Whether one is unschooled or highly educated, whether we live in the lap of luxury or in a grass hut, whether we feast at kings’ tables or scratch for roots and berries, the hunger in our souls is common … Continue reading Everybody Got A Hungry Heart

Women And Priesthood

Some of you may be aware that for the last two and a half years I, along with three other women bloggers, have been involved in a joint project-blog called Ishshah's Story.  Ishshah's Story has recently been retired due to our various commitments elsewhere, but I want to share the last article I posted there … Continue reading Women And Priesthood

The Way Forward

So we’re off and running, or so it would seem.  2017 looms large and beckoning before us, promising all kinds of ‘newness’. Christmas pudding and tinsel are already so yesterday.  The tree is back in storage until needed for its brief seasonal appearance in around 350 more sleeps.  Before we know it we’ll be shedding … Continue reading The Way Forward

Grieving In Zion

I can say no more about the poem below than this:  there will be those who will treat it like a snack on the run and quickly move on to something more satisfying.  Hopefully, there will also be those to whom it will be more like an anticipated expensive meal, to be tasted, carefully considered and allowed to be digested in full.  By reading … Continue reading Grieving In Zion

About Those Heavenly Places…..

Am I alone in having kept a vague little picture  hidden in my mind that I used to pull out and dust off every time I heard the phrase ‘heavenly places’? (I’m guessing I’m probably not.) Take this example for instance: ‘But God….made us alive together with Christ…and raised us up together and made us sit … Continue reading About Those Heavenly Places…..

Until Christ Is Formed

Travail. It’s a very outdated way of describing a woman’s heavy labor during childbirth. A word rarely heard these days. Try dropping the word ‘travail’ at the local Playgroup or nearest women’s health clinic and it's pretty certain people will look at you like you just landed from Mars. It’s right up there with: ‘curmudgeon’ … Continue reading Until Christ Is Formed

Fire And Water

Last week I clocked up sixty-six years of living on this planet. I like to deal with the mixed emotions advancing years can bring by imagining each passing year as just another mile. The greatest part of my life’s journey has been travelled together with Jesus. Frankly, I wasn’t in much of a mood to celebrate … Continue reading Fire And Water

Where Shall We Buy Bread? Part Two

This is Part Two of a two part post, Where Shall We Buy Bread? It will make more sense if you read Part One first.  You can find Part One here. Your feedback and comments are always welcome! Part Two of Two We are taking up where we left off in Part One, considering God's dealings with … Continue reading Where Shall We Buy Bread? Part Two

Where Shall We Buy Bread? Part One

 The following post has been on my heart to write for some time.  Due to length I have divided it into two parts for easier reading.  It could not be fully covered in a shorter article and I believe this subject is worthy of  serious consideration by all committed Christ followers. Where Shall We Buy Bread Part Two will be posted shortly … Continue reading Where Shall We Buy Bread? Part One