Music plays a big role in the church service. Familiar hymns and songs can help us connect to God. Soft background music welcomes us in the building, or covers the throat clearing during communion, but I wonder what we see when we look at the musicians? Do we just see some folks playing instruments together? …Read more Worshipping in the broken? Here’s how.
The Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, has lashed out (or as much as English Bishops do lash out) in response to cinemas banning a simple video of people reciting the Lord's prayer. The ban was put in place so that audiences "would not be offended" by the prayer when shown before Star Wars, or something.…Read more Re-blog: Seven reasons to ban the Lord’s prayer.
Let's see what happens here. Some argue that persecution actually helps Christianity flourish. I'm wondering how much international support of the Chinese church we'll see from other nations and other parts of the body of Christ globally. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke) News…Read more Crosses being torn down in China
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…Read more Praying for the people who persecute us. Is it really possible?
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…Read more Church – Relevant, irrelevant or just genuine?