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Tuesday’s Reflection

Emmanuel Bishopston & City Centre Key verse to learn:  “Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping. ” Job 12:5 Key question to ask: What are the main points of difference between Zophar’s and Job’s worldview? Tuesday: How would you describe the way Job feels (in…

Good is Good

‘Some years ago, I noticed amid the grading of many papers (the plight of every English professor) how often the positive feedback I wrote on my students’ work consisted simply of the comment “good.” I contemplated varying that word with others. But then I realized that good is the best word. (It is certainly easy to write!).…

Grace and Gratitude

‘Grace and gratitude belong together like heaven and earth. Grace evokes gratitude like the voice an echo. Gratitude follows grace as thunder follows lightning.’  Karl Barth in Eugene H Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, p.192.

Strange People

“Share with God’s people who are in need.  Practise hospitality.”  Romans 12:13 When we think “hospitality” we tend to think “inviting some friends over for a meal.”  But even pagans invite their friends over for a meal.   God’s vision for His people is much more radical.  It is about inviting strangers – people who are…

Work and Prayer

“The more we work the more we need to pray. In this day of activity there is great danger, not of doing too much, but of praying too little for so much work.” Alexander Maclaren, in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p.368.

Link of the week: 4 Ways to approach the New Year with Jesus

For followers of Jesus, New Year’s has no unique significance. There’s no central biblical narrative informing our celebrations. But this doesn’t mean Christians shouldn’t pause and reflect on the turning of the calendar. Moses asked of the Lord, “Teach us to number our days, so we may get a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90:12). Time—seconds, minutes,…

Christmas Past, Present and Future

We advertise our church Christmas services as “family services”. Christmas is the one day of the year when we feel confident in asking our non-Christian loved ones to come along to church with us “as a family”.  We do our Christian duty by making it a priority to get to church on Christmas Day, before…