I couldn’t have been much more than 10 years old when my friend and I discovered Kazaa: the follow-up to Napster and the predecessor of the Bittorrent movement. We searched giddily through the massive online music library discovering that we could find virtually any song we wanted and have it on our computer within minutes!
Not long ago, my family was harmed by damaging theology. We bought into the lie of a fearful, angry God who could not possibly love us the way we were. Of a God who saw us primarily as sinners, not his children.
Where these churches err is in failing to hear the Spirit. And that’s not just a church-thing. That’s where most of us get it wrong in our own lives, too.
Has America put God on trial? Are Christian views and expressions no longer welcome in the public square?
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19 This morning I woke up to see the sun reflecting the arch of a rainbow across my entire wall. “Hope! God is present and active today and tomorrow,” it seemed to say over me. I wondered why living with hope […]
Joshua Milton Blahyi a passionate preacher living in West Africa. He has a wife, three adopted kids, and runs a mission for homeless children. In his spare time he enjoys playing chess. If you met him on the street, you would probably think he was an ordinary man with an upstanding sense of morality. But […]
“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” — C.S. Lewis There inevitably comes a time in life where you will reach the ‘end of your rope’ — the end of yourself. Hopefully […]
As a pastor, I had often felt I ought to preach a series on prayer. But I have to confess that I had always been put off doing so because so many of the sermons I have heard about prayer have made me feel rather depressed. You know the kind of thing: somebody will tell […]
As usually happens after some sort of sexual abuse is revealed in our Christian communities, many take to social media and the internet in an attempt to separate the facts from fictions and to express their opinions and emotions in response. While this can be very helpful for those of us who have been comforted […]
I recently witnessed two separate instances where someone I’m close to has been harassed for the way they have voiced and shared their belief in Jesus. You would assume that the harassment came from narrow-minded, opinionated agnostics, or maybe people of a different faith… but it didn’t. The accusations actually came from fellow “Christians”. The hatred, […]