not even a paraphrase. just thoughts. Hey, guess what – the LORD God, the one who made this whole world, the one in charge, the one who rules over the sun and the moon and the stars, the one who … Continue reading
got into an interesting conversation online last night, with someone who had posted a pretty text image with all kinds of supposedly inspiring and encouraging stuff, which I am sure came with very good intentions – why not make people … Continue reading
totally off the top of my head, just for the sake of writing it down when it’s fresh in my mind. if anyone else gets something of value out of this, that would be an added bonus. Tonight’s sermon was … Continue reading
A comment from a Christian visiting another church: they were so unfriendly there! when they passed the bread and wine for communion, they didn't say anything!
This made me realise how much I've got used to the way we do it in my church, and how we each get used to a particular way of doing things so that we might find it really jarring when things are done differently.
Last night’s sermon inspired me to read I Peter – the whole letter in one go, to get the feel of what it’s about, but pausing to jot down particular verses that were jumping at me. There’s so much there … Continue reading
These are just rambly unstructured notes whilst tonight’s sermon is fresh in my mind: The main text was Luke 22:47-65 – interestingly focusing not on the obvious “bad guys” but on one of the “good guys”, Peter, because, guess what, … Continue reading
Yes, 1 July 2002 is the day I was born again.
If you don't know what being born again means, don't worry, I didn't either until it happened. Growing up in a Jewish home in Israel, you don't hear about this stuff. And even going to church - well, it varies. The churches I attended didn't tend to talk about it, and when I heard people use this term it meant nothing to me, it was as though they were talking Chinese.
And no, I don’t mean because of persecution, I mean because of the inner struggle between my natural human tendencies on the one hand, and the desire to obey God on the other. Jesus calls me to very high standards. … Continue reading
Photo Credit: Suni Danielle Photography
Today my wife Lindsay and I celebrate our two year anniversary. Two years ago, we tied the knot and took the plunge. Two years ago, the cutest girl in Indiana was taken off the market! Two years ago, we launched the beginning of the rest of our lives. Two years ago…
And after two years, there's no hiding behind the dinner-and-a-movie façade of dating life any longer.
Do you know that lovely old hymn, “just as I am, without one plea” – lovely and moving, it speaks of coming to God just as we are, not waiting to make ourselves perfect before he’ll accept us, not waiting … Continue reading