Easter – Pagan Festival?

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The chocolate eggs, rabbits and Easter cards have been with us since February, and now the time is almost here it will be to a lot of people be a big ‘so what’. Even many Christians are uncertain about it; the very word Easter has it roots in paganism and fertility rights, hence the eggs and the rabbits. 

So, why do a whole load of Christians get excited about a pagan festival?  I believe that it is all to do with meaning, the meaning and emotion that we attach to a word or season. The word Christmas for example is loaded with meaning, even the most hardened atheist can feel something at the thought of Christmas, the joy of the family getting together or the hedonistic delight of the office party. And so it is with Easter, we can attach anything or nothing to the word and the season. Continue Reading…

The Hidden Reality of Christian Home Schools

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There have been a few high profile cases about some of the horrors that take place behind the closed doors of some religious homes; we see children locked in their rooms, abusive discipline, girls going uneducated and religious indoctrination on a grotesque scale. It is time to take the lid off and see what is really going on.

The truth is that there are some terrible things being done in the name of Christianity and education, and the parents who are guilty are rightly being brought to trial; but having said that there are parents who send their children to state schools who are simply appalling when it comes to raising their children. A number of teachers have an acronym they use when dealing with the fall out that inevitably erupts when dealing with these cases – PPPS (Pathetically Poor Parenting Syndrome), there are other less polite adjectives that they often use. Continue Reading…

David & Goliath; So What?

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What has a shepherd boy chopping off the head of a supposed giant about 3,000 years ago got to do with us in the 21st century? Is it any wonder that so many Christians are abandoning the Bible as their source of truth; after all how can there be any connection between us and an Iron Age culture from the Middle East, surely it is irrelevant, isn’t it? 

Of course is you have read any of my posts you know that I take the Bible very seriously, but the above question is fair. I think the disconnect comes from a general misunderstanding of what the Gospel is; but once we start to see the big picture all those ‘Sunday School Stories’ start to become very relevant. Continue Reading…

Are We Sons or Servants?

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There appears to be a bit of a debate going on about whether Christians are sons and daughters of God or merely servants. It is an important distinction, because how we see ourselves will determine to a large extent how we live and what we will expect from God.

NB When we talk about sons in this context we are speaking of a position rather than a gender. To all the ladies, you can call yourself a son or a daughter – we (and the New Testament) are discussing our standing before God and not our genders.

Before we examine ourselves, how did Jesus view Himself? Well, He did say He came not to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28). Paul tells us that Jesus, though God took on the form of a servant and it was through His obedience that Jesus was able to ascend and receive all authority in both heaven and earth (Philippians 2:5-11). Continue Reading…

Should We Read The Bible Literally?

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With the madness of religious fundamentalism as prominent today as it has ever been, should serious Christians take the Bible literally?

 The truth is that no one takes the whole Bible literally, even those who say they do. When did you last see someone chop their hands off when they sinned or poke their eyes out when they looked lustfully at something? (Matthew 5:30) Having said that, is the Bible true?

I want this to be a short post, so the answer is yes?

The Bible isn’t always literally true, but it is true literally.

There is a lot of debate about how we are to interpret the truth of the Bible; for example I personally believe in a literal six day creation, many Christians believe it is a truth literally, not a literal truth. Some people think there is a literal 144,000 witnesses in the book of Revelation, other of us think it is symbolic pointing to a literal truth. 

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New Creation

 

Ghana LeadersDuring my recent trip to Ghana I had four days of teaching/ question and answers. The meetings were really dynamic, with people asking great questions and me attempting to do them justice with a proper answer. My voice was not in a good place on the first day, and the recording is not brilliant, but the sound man did a great job with the equipment and conditions. This is the first part of session 1, and we are talking about New Creation. Enjoy! :-D

You can stream of download the message using the player below.

I have discovered a glitch, so sorry; the audio doesn’t start until 3 mins 14 sec’s. I have to work harder on the techie side.

 

The Fuel of Terrorism

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After a week on the amazing continent of Africa I have seen extremes in several directions – from people kissing the shoes of their favorite ‘man of God’ to God supernaturally mending broken hearts, the appalling murders of Christians to the joyous celebration of a newly wed couple. I have witnessed heart rending poverty and then opulence that makes even a Westerner like me gag; I have delighted in seeing the tears of joy as people come to realise how much they are loved but then have seen others refusing to relent in their religiosity and ministry of condemnation. Continue Reading…

Should we take the Bible literally?

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This is a question that is often asked, and if we give the wrong answer we can end up being treated as a half crazed religious zealot; to answer this properly we have to decide what we mean by ‘literally’.

Our brains work really well when it comes to metaphors, we can subconsciously pull meaning from stories, examples and phrases with no effort; in fact when people struggle with metaphors we have to make special allowances. I remember a student in one of the schools Sandra and I oversee asking for help with his work, I answered, “I won’t be a minute”. When I got to his desk he informed me that I had been one minute and forty three seconds; because he was autistic he took what was said at it’s literal face value, whilst everyone else knew I would be with him in a short period of time. What we learn from this is much of what we say isn’t meant to be taken literally, and the same is true for the Bible. Continue Reading…

I Can Reveal The Identity Of The Antichrist.

 

antichrist1Yes it is true, in this article I will reveal the identity of the antichrist once and for all. Of course this mysterious character has been confusing people for years, Napoleon, Mussolini, Hitler, President Roosevelt and even Barack Obama have been put forward as candidates. Antichrist has been the subject of endless books, the star of numerous films and the lead character in any number of novels. But, now it is time to pull the wraps off and let everyone know just who or what we are dealing with. By studying the ancient manuscripts preserved in the Scriptures, the secret that was hidden for centuries can be discerned and revealed once and for all.  Continue Reading…

Now You Are In Christ

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When we turn to God and put our faith in Jesus we receive a whole new identity, our old man was crucified with Christ and we share in the resurrection life of Jesus Himself. The struggle of course is that our bodies are not yet renewed and so we have a fight between our old programming (the flesh) and the Holy Spirit who now lives in us. The secret to life transformation is found in Romans 12:2, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. As we come to terms with what Jesus has done for us and believe it over and above what we feel, we get a whole new outlook on life. This outlook is not a ticket away from challenges and struggles, in fact in one sense the opposite is true, but, and it is a big but, we face life on different terms, with different values and whole new perspective on just how good God really is; and of course we have a future brimming over with hope. No matter what comes our way, no devil, no tragedy, no suffering can separate us from God or deny us our place in the resurrection. Continue Reading…

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