People who described me as a really good friend when I was the CEO of a large (by evangelical standards) organisation have not spoken to me since I stepped away from the role.
To any wannabe missionaries out there; a good, prayerful, supportive home-church is absolutely vital to your work. Build up those links and don’t think you can do it on your own.
This piece from 2008 was adapted from an article that I’d been asked write on Bible translation. I’ve no idea where that article appeared. The role of a Bible translator is to adapt Scripture in an appropriate fashion for a given cultural and linguistic setting. The translated text does not cease to be God’s word, […]
This is the script from the sermon that I preached at Emmanuel Church in Keighley, yesterday. It’s longer than most of my blog posts – sorry about that. It also has a number of typos and things carried over from the script, apologies if that bothers you. 2 Peter 1:5-9 Introduction It goes without saying […]
In the end, the big decisions are not really that big and the small ones are enormous.
When I say that I’m lonely, it’s not so much that there aren’t people around; it’s that I miss a connection with people who have known me for years.
When we live in a bubble we become focussed on our own needs and experiences and lose sight of the wider world.
There are a number of conclusions that you can draw from these incidents; but the idea that the Holy Spirit always guides in a clear and unambiguous fashion is not one of them!
The Romans were quite used to the idea of making peace by shedding blood on the cross – they did it all the time. Only, their idea wasn’t to reconcile people, but to exterminate anyone who threatened the state.
We love to sing about how big and powerful God is, but when it comes to practical issues we, all too often, limit God’s ability to do things. We make ourselves, our choices and our abilities the centre of the universe. On balance; that’s a mistake!