Fruitful or falling away?

What kind of life are we called to as Christians? “Be diligent to come to me quickly,” wrote Paul in his second letter to Timothy, “for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica…” (2 Timothy 4:10. Much to Paul’s dismay, Demas had fallen away. What does this look […]

Remembering where we came from

If you’ve ever seen Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments you’ll probably have an image of Moses holding two stone tablets with the commandments etched into them (see left). But what did God actually write on those slabs of rock? In order to understand the context of the law, we need to look back to Exodus […]

Why we can never accept Jesus

  As evangelicals, we often preach the gospel like this: “Accept Jesus into your heart and you will be saved.” We often draw on Revelation 3:20. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he […]

How well do you know your bible?

This week, I started an exciting new study programme in Oxford – the South Central Ministry Training Course (MTC). MTC aims to serve local churches by equipping church members and workers to handle and teach the Bible, as well as grow in their own discipleship of Christ. As a youth group leader and occasional preacher, I’ve […]

Christmas by your rules…?

House of Fraser say “live life by your rules”, but is that what Christmas teaches? In some ways, yes… This year, House of Fraser threw their hat into the Christmas advert ring with a somewhat raunchy and vitriolic message about fierce independence. If you can stomach it, watch it here. The advert is based around […]

The Waiting Game (Part 2)

In The Waiting Game Part 1, we looked at Moses and those 40 years he spent tending sheep in the hills of Midian. All that while, God was putting his plan into place. He was going to deliver Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and he was going to use Moses to do it. […]

The Waiting Game (Part 1)

Do you ever think about Moses? I do – quite a lot in fact. Remember the story? Moses, living a life of privilege in Egypt, blows his gasket one day and kills an Egyptian. Word gets out, Moses panics and flees to Midian. He comes to the rescue of some young ladies, whose father is […]