Repetition of everything God-like is an important pathway to Christian maturity.
When God closes one chapter before opening another, the time in between is a time for prayer and entering into the life of God.
Jesus calls us to look to the new things God is doing and seeks to humbly cooperate with them and bear witness to them.
In the most hidden and dark places, God is at work.
In the face of the cultural call for an all-tolerating lack of conviction, we are called to be a particular people who follow and champion a distinctive way – the way found in Jesus.
Jesus’s purpose for us is that we (individually and collectively) have fullness of life.
Jesus meets us in our doubts and discombobulation and gives us instead a community of joyful hope.
A comic monologue on the story of Doubting Thomas, presented in the style of “Fred Dagg” as a fan’s tribute to the late great John Clarke.
It is only in light of the resurrection that we can comprehend the sin and death that we are being liberated from.
Grief and suffering bring us close to the heart of the suffering God and can open us to God’s transforming and resurrecting power.
There are forces conspiring to keep us in the dark, but Jesus opens our eyes so that we can see that our deepest yearnings are satisfied only in God.
Like the woman at the well, we can encounter Jesus not simply as a historical worker of “signs and wonders” but as a contemporary spirit powering our actions today if only we are willing to take a leap of faith and believe in His Word.
Being born of water and Spirit involves becoming as vulnerable and dependent on God as a newborn baby.
Whether or not you can accept the idea of a personal devil, there are forces of evil in the world that are bigger and more powerful than our own inner flaws, but conscious and united, we are stronger still.
Stunning moments of spiritual clarity can be life-changing, but the real measure of our faithfulness is in how we live for the rest of the time.
Being a disciple of Jesus is not about changing behaviour, it’s about changing life! It’s about being changed at our very core so that our inner motivations and attitudes are transformed.
The world finds the message of Jesus almost incomprehensible because it seems too simplistic and unrealistic to be taken seriously.
In the encounter with Jesus, we realise how radically different the world is and how completely we need to change.
The place of belonging that we are looking for is found when we find where Jesus belongs.
In baptism we surrender to God’s claim on us and enter a vowed relationship and life which will have its ups and its downs but in which God is forever faithful.