Reflection: When God seems absent, what do you do?

Jul 3, 2015 by

By David Baker, Christian Today: “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” (Mark 5v35) What do you do when it looks like God hasn’t shown up after all? Perhaps you’ve been praying earnestly for something – and the situation has apparently started to get better, only for things to suddenly take a turn for the worse. Or maybe you’ve had a powerful encounter with the Lord in some way – but then just afterwards, “real life” raises its...

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If ‘Satanic Islam’ pastor James McConnell goes to jail I will go with him, insists Musli...

Jun 25, 2015 by

By Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph: A Muslim imam has vowed to go to jail with the pastor if he is convicted, while a Catholic priest branded the court case “absurd”. Pastor McConnell (78), who retired from Whitewell Tabernacle last year, is preparing to answer charges in court under the 2003 Communications Act on August 6. The charges centre on a sermon he gave at the north Belfast Tabernacle in which he said: “Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned...

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Father, Son, Spirit, Marriage.

Jun 2, 2015 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. In the beginning, the author of Genesis tells us, God created reality, made up of what is seen and unseen. This tells us two counter-cultural truths: firstly that God exists, before us and outside of us and greater than us. Secondly reality, material and spiritual, is a given; my role is to reverently inhabit it as designed, not to try to subvert it and create my own version. We’re told that God created day and night, and on subsequent “days” he introduced...

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Archbishop Welby preaches in China: the Trinity, the church, witness, and God’s sufficiency.

Jun 1, 2015 by

Report from   …One of the things that strikes me about China is how hard people work and the pressure they are under. Pressure includes the pressure from within us to succeed…Ambition is good, but it can become an idol that pushes Christ from our lives. Our worship is only Christ. Worship is what enables pressure from within and without to be managed. In praise and thanksgiving we realise again the unchangeable love that God has for us –...

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We must turn away from worshipping the false god of materialism

May 10, 2015 by

By Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman: Preparing for this morning, another 1970s schoolboy memory of the Ten Commandments crept into my mind. I seem to remember that there was an 11thCommandment doing the rounds – ‘Thou shalt not get caught’. This was the early days of the permissive society and in a way this add-on 11threspected the fact of the Ten Commandments – they were there; they were a given. Unlike the unabashed postmoderns of today, we didn’t feel free to rewrite them but adding one...

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The Ten Commandments give spiritual and moral shape to our lives

May 4, 2015 by

by Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman: When did the Ten Commandments first register with you? When did you first become aware of their existence? They first registered with me through Cecil B DeMille’s 1956 blockbuster called the Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston as Moses. I watched it as a school boy in the early 1970s and that’s when I first became aware of the Ten Commandments. I might have been told about them before that but they certainly didn’t register with me. I didn’t grow...

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