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Doubting God’s Goodness?

‘In time of war in an occupied country, a member of the resistance meets one night a Stranger who deeply impresses him. They spend that night together in conversation. The Stranger tells the partisan that he himself is on the side of the resistance – indeed that he is in command of it, and urges the partisan to have faith in him…

Doubting God’s Existence?

Two tips: 1) Read  a Gospel and see the evidence that Jesus provides as God himself walks around on this planet. 2) Read Tim Keller’s The Resason for God – especially if you’re not able to trust the Gospel accounts. He presents the case for God without presuming you believe in the historical truth of them. You can get it via the…

Where do I find answers to my doubts?

Off the back of yesterday’s time thinking about doubt you may now have issues that you want to listen/ watch/ read something on. One of the best collection of resources on the web to help you do this is the website Be Thinking run by the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF). Doubt that Jesus really rose from the dead? Watch this. Doubt that…

Living with Doubt?

This Sunday we’re going to thinking about doubt together. Why? ‘If the object of our faith were as elusive as the Loch Ness monster or as inconsequential as whether to have a third cup of tea, then doubt makes little difference. But since the object of Christain faith is God, to believe or disbelieve is everything – at some points literally a…

But Fighting Sin Is Tiring!

Sunday’s passage from 1 Peter (4:1-11) called us to reflect the reality that as Christians we are, in Christ, ‘done with sin’ (v.1). My reaction? But fighting sin is tiring! I don’t have the energy to keep going battling my ‘evil human desires’ (v.2). To make war… Look at what arrived to help me today. A blog post from Ed Welch entitled Fighting Sin Is Tiring. ‘God…

Performance Related Prayer?

Two phrases from the passage we looked at from 1 Peter (3:1-12) last Sunday (26th February) have perhaps been troubling you ever since. And, I don’t mean, ‘Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands…’ (v.1) or ‘Husbands, in the same ways be considerate as you live with your wives…’ (v.7). Why not?! Well because we’ve been taught those things before,…

Struggling to love someone deeply?

‘Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbour, act as if you did. As soon as you do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.’ CS Lewis in Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage, p.100.

Looking forward to Heaven: Through Narnia!

I’m having the words below read at my funeral to remind people where I’ve gone: ‘Then Aslan turned to them and said: “You do not yet look so happy as I mean you to be.” Lucy said, “We’re so afraid of being sent away, Aslan. And you have sent us back into our own world so often.” “No fear of that,” said…

Looking forward to Heaven: With Children!

How do you talk about heaven with children? One of the best places to go is Sally Lloyd-Jones’ The Jesus Storybook Bible. This is her take on Revelation 21:1-6: ‘I see a sparkling city shimmering in the sky: glittering, glowing – coming down! From heaven. And from the sky. Heaven is coming down to eartth! God’s city is beautiful. Walls of topaz,…