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Ed Shaw

The Nature of God

‘In the same way the sun never grows weary of shining, nor a stream of flowing, it is God’s nature to keep His promises. Therefore, go immediately to His throne and say, ‘Do as You promised.’ Charles H. Spurgeon

Link of the Week: It’s Time To Go On The Offensive

We’ve believed that Christianity is declining. It isn’t. We’ve assumed Christianity can’t stand up in the university. It can. Too many of us think Christianity is threatened by diversity. It never has been. And too few of us think Christian sexual ethics are sustainable in the modern world. They are. On these and many other…

Living Like Jesus

‘…we will inevitably trivialize what it means to “do what Jesus would do” or to “live like Jesus.”…until we see the heights from which he came and the depths to which he descended in coming as the suffering Servant who would bear our sin. We will belittle the magnitude of what Jesus has done if…

Waiting

‘I know there are times when waiting is painful. I know there are times when it seems as if it is impossible to wait. But you and I must remind ourselves that we wait not because irrational and impersonal forces function as obstructions and interferences in our lives. No, we wait because the world is…

Link of the Week: Living in Love and Faith?

You may – or may not – be aware that the Church of England (of which we’re part) has produced a whole suite of resources to help its members think through Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. They are introduced here: A good friend of mine (who has been part of…

Value

‘What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.’ Thomas Paine, The American Crisis (1775)

The Importance of Church Families

‘The loose communities that we find in spiritual or religious gatherings were once entirely ordinary to us, but now it seems like it is more radical to join them, a brazen challenge to the strictures of the nuclear family, the tendency to stick within tight friendship groups, the shrinking away from the awe-inspiring. Congregations are…

Link of the Week: Tempted to Avoid Church?

“Lockdown offered me the comfort of avoiding all these things. I was able to stay away from church. As I met with Christian friends on Zoom, they would express their longing to go back to church, and I began to wonder why I felt so different. Despite growing up in church, I’d missed the point…