Praying for the people who persecute us. Is it really possible?

This post has been really difficult to publish.  Terrible things have happened and I don’t want to jump on some media bandwagon and take advantage of someone’s grief, but I would like to highlight some profound things which have taken place.

At about 9pm on June 17th 2015, Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45 and Myra Thompson, 59 were killed after Dylann Roof opened fire during a bible study at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C..  Roof was taken into custody following an eighteen hour manhunt.

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Church – Relevant, irrelevant or just genuine?

One thing the modern church in the west seems to struggle with is “The Great Commission”, which appears in the bible at the end of Matthew 28.  Well, not  so much the idea of it, but the doing of it.  Many Christians don’t realise that they need to do it.  Others know that they should be trying to reach out, make disciples, they don’t simply know how.  They are at loss for how to start the ball rolling, or too nervous to start.  For those who do get the ball rolling, there will be some who do a fantastic job and others who rely on cliché, jargon or false assumptions. Continue reading “Church – Relevant, irrelevant or just genuine?”