Are you addicted, however mildly, to the internet? Join the club. We need a spiritual take on this to aid our discipleship. The words of Jesus in Matthew 6 warn us not to practice our piety before others, but we are living in a very different setting to first century
When we cannot tolerate the existence of views we do not share, we tend not to befriend those who hold them. Our own views are not properly tested and we start to see difference as an affront to our identity. Can Labour and Conservative MPs be friends?
What stadium sport shows us about intercession
Sports fans: do you expect your team to win or lose as the match starts? Two factors usually come into play: personality and context. Natural optimists imagine the goals, tries and runs coming freely.
Many teams come to rely on one person in such a way that they do not think they will cope without them. It is at this moment that the greatest of risks is innocently formed. Short of death, do we ever say final goodbyes anymore?
Most of us are willing to let God bend our will in the hope that when he lets go, it will spring back to how it was. Yet only by allowing ourselves to be broken can God re-make us.
The verb to break has taken on a darker meaning in the twenty-first century, as it has come to be applied to people, not objects. In the furore over the interrogation of terrorist suspects, all kinds of euphemisms have been employed to describe techniques in ways which supposedly fall short of legal definitions of torture. But the goal remains the same: to break someone so they will give you the information you desire. It is not a pleasant thought.
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A TIME TO LEAVE
Jesus’ leaving of earth could have been a crushing blow to his followers but patient prayer in one place got them ready for a promise. Read More
QUESTION TIME It isn’t that politics and religion are separate spheres. They are two sides of the same coin. And the whole coin belongs to God. Read More
THE FIST SIZED CLOUD
A Christian view of climate change is to weigh up perceived threats but not to be paralysed by them. Prayer and activism should be the cutting edges of our concern. Read More
Word of the week
Today we are preoccupied with re-branding and make-over; superficial attempts to change the way others view us or the things we do. A more profound task is the naming of others in a way which releases them to be the person God has called them to be. This is the creative work God is asking of all those who owe their faith to the rock on which the Church was built. We can release and empower someone with just a word. Who will we set free today? Taken from '
Snap Judgment' in Thought for the Month