There’s nothing better than being forgiven – that sense of relief when someone overlooks your hurtful words, or covers the cost of a breakage themselves, or gives you a hug after you’ve been unkind. Forgiveness is like the sun coming out through the clouds after a dark storm. Forgiveness, though, is not just something to be enjoyed. For the Christian, forgiveness is something to be understood, appreciated and expressed. It is a significant biblical doctrine and an essential virtue with real warnings for us if it is absent from our lives. The chances are that this is an area you (and I) can grow in, so read on for more. Continue reading “Forgiveness”
It’s always worth looking into ideas for keeping your Bible reading fresh. One thing I like to try is reading a different Bible version. In this post I’ll share which versions I cycle through and why it’s worth a try.
It can be hard to get going in ministry at the start of the year. I wrote an article for GoThereFor about how to stay fresh. I’m genuinely trying to put these ideas into practice myself!
Find it here: Stay Fresh as you Serve
Christmas is a relentless torrent of consumerism but it’s still possible to keep the birth of Jesus central in your family. One strategy is to add short Bible readings to your Advent Calendar. Here’s what we do (plus the list of 24 verses/passages):
Do you deserve your place on God’s team? Do you belong? We’re used to thinking about whether someone belongs on a team in terms of merit. Whether that’s a sporting team, work team or committee we naturally think and talk in the language of merit: “they earned their place”, “they’re a valued member of the team”, “they bring something special” etc. But does this apply to being part of God’s team? Romans 5:2 answers that question and the implications are brilliant. Continue reading ““This grace in which we now stand””
Most Christian husbands I speak to like the idea of reading the Bible with their wife but feel guilty because it hasn’t happened much (or at all) in their marriage. I totally get it. For many years I failed completely in this area. Reading the Bible with my wife was like one of the jobs on my domestic job list that seemed completely beyond me (rehang a cupboard door, put up shelves, replace a tap etc). This wasn’t anything to do with her mind you – I just couldn’t or wouldn’t do anything about it.
Eventually, thanks to some prompting from a friend, we managed to work out how to make it happen. And it’s been a really positive thing. Here’s some ideas that might help you get started. Continue reading “How to Read the Bible with your Wife”
I first heard about The Next Story while listening to the author, Tim Challies, interviewed on a podcast. Tim is a prolific and well established Christian blogger (challies.com) and after hearing the interview I was inspired to read his book about “faith, friends, family and the digital world”. It was perfect timing, since I was feeling more aware of the changes technology was bringing to our lives (and my life) and I wanted to think more about. Here are some highlights from the book and a few reasons for you to read it too. Continue reading “Being Christian in a Digital World”
At our Newy am Weekend Away this year I shared a book review with some radical advice for how to get going again on your Christian reading. It came from my own reading experiences and my recent Marie Kondo / decluttering activities. I’ve turned that advice into a blog post for Gotherefor.com (link below). Enjoy, and all the best with your reading.
Given this blog is called ‘Standing in Grace’, I’ve decided to write semi-regular posts on the topic of grace. Here’s the first one that came into my mind, a question really. What are the Hebrew words that are translated as ‘grace’ in our English Bibles? Can that help us understand grace better?
I’ll confess straight up I’m not a great singer – I missed the cut in choir auditions at school. Neither am I any sort of dancer – I’m the guy who leaves the wedding / party once the dancing starts.My emotional life pretty much plays itself out internally. But despite all this, I think I’ve got a few ideas worth sharing about how to sing in church – especially for naturally reserved people like me.