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Friday’s Reflection

Emmanuel City Centre Key verse(s) to learn: For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, (Ephesians…

The Ocean of Delight

“Christ [is] the very essence of all delights and pleasures, the very soul and substance of them. As all the rivers are gathered into the ocean, which is congregation or meeting-place of all waters in the world: so Christ is that ocean in which all true delights and pleasures meet…His excellencies are pure and unmixed;…

Link of the Week: The Origins of the Universe podcast

Celebrated mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose talks to renowned Christian philosopher William Lane Craig about God and the Universe. They discuss Penrose’s ‘3 realms’ view of reality and his Conformal Cyclical Cosmology. Could the fundamental nature of reality, the Big Bang and the fine tuning of the Universe point towards a creator God? The Universe:…

Wisdom

“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.” Charles Spurgeon

Recognising Jesus

‘The wind and the rain recognised Jesus’ voice. (They had heard it before, of course – it was the same voice that made them, in the very beginning). They listened to Jesus and they did what he said.’ Sally Lloyd-Jones, The Jesus Storybook Bible, p.242.

Interrupted by God

“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly crossing our paths and cancelling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

The Cross as a Symbol

“Some people ask nowadays what kind of a religion it is that chooses an instrument of torture for its symbol, as if the cross on churches must represent some kind of endorsement. The answer is: one that takes the existence of suffering seriously.” Francis Spufford, Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional…