‘Concerning the times and seasons …’ introduces 1 Thessalonians 5. People often explain this about being about Jesus’ return. Or about the end of all things. That is, it’s about a future time, not the present time.
I think that’s right enough to be OK, but just wrong enough to miss something very helpful.
Here’s a beautiful description of church from Home, a novel by Marilynne Robinson. I love the ways this combines the local and personal (that building and that preacher) with the unchanging doctrines of Christ.
For her, church was an airy white room with tall windows looking out on God’s good world, with God’s good sunlight [...]
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The major encouragement I found with this book is a simple point: Christian service is a wonderful and good thing, therefore helping more people serve more is also a wonderful [...]
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I first met systems theory in ministry training post-theological college. This was in connection to pastoral care for people, taking note of the systems in which [...]
OK, this is a bit odd – I’m reviewing a cycling computer.
I am not even close to knowing all the features of this device. So this is not an expert review, but a user’s view of the Garmin Edge 510 bike computer.
Here are (some) of things I had in mind [...]
The Bible is full of sheep. And shepherds.
Many leaders were actual herders. Abraham had plenty of livestock (Genesis 13:2). Jacob, while caring for the flocks of his father-in-law Laban, received abundant ovine blessing (Genesis 30:43). Joseph labelled all 12 sons of Israel as shepherds (Genesis 46:34). Moses spent forty years herding (Exodus 3:1, what [...]
While at theological college I learned heaps. Mostly this was gradual and grain by grain. There were few ‘light bulb’ moments when a whole new thought clicked into place.
But I remember one light bulb experience.
It concerns generalisations. A fellow student, disgruntled for some trivial matter, shared his general view. “The trouble with all [...]
On 4-5 November, three Little people (Ruth, Nahum & Chris) joined the Bike for Bibles crew assembled at Bright to ride up some hills.
Bike for Bibles is associated with the Bible Society, and raises funds for Bible distribution and literacy. As I write today, the fund-raising page for the whole team of riders [...]
Here are some thought provoking words on Jesus in history: the historic events are open to historical understanding, and at the same time are only understood by faith.
The Jesus of whom the Gospels tell us is a unique event in history, not to be confused with other personalities in history. His uniqueness in this general [...]
In Australia, it is beyond argument to say, ‘Love is good.’
If we love, we must be permitted to love to the utmost. Those who place an impediment to love are nothing but mean-spirited misanthropes. It’s easy to create slogans for the modern view of love.
Love must be free.
All love is real love.
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