Blog Archive

What kind of welcome do we expect to receive?
Identifying the real troublemakers - and the real cause
What should politicians be concerned with?
When things seem to be going wrong, how do we know God loves us?
Christ crucified is at the heart not just of our belief, but our message.
Jesus rescues us in order to take us to his own home!
7 discoveries from the life of Joseph
Our real home is found in the world to come, promised to those who belong to Jesus.
Reflecting on 140 years since the foundation of CICCU
Understanding the good news behind God’s jealousy for us.
How can Christians keep going in times of opposition?
A good preacher is there to give people the Bible, not take it from them.
Church of England "doublethink": keep our doctrine, but alter our actual practice.
Do we want the goodies without the covenant relationship?
Why did Paul write the letter of the Romans, and why do we need to read it now?
What was God’s plan for Christmas?
How can we encourage one another to live blameless lives if we experience same-sex attraction?
How does Jesus prepare his disciples for his departure, and their future with him?
After a turbulent week in America, how might Christians reflect on world leadership?
Beware of how idolatry can lead to a view of God which is human-made and more pagan than Christian.
In the face of opposition from secular Britain we can be tempted to panic and try to blend in.
Who in society is being screened out?
We swim in the waters of our cultural surroundings, how can we avoid being conformed into its mould?
What does it look like to live as 'exiles' in this world?
Turning water into wine, healing the sick and raising the dead... can we perform even greater works than these?
Remembering Alec Motyer, a prayerful man with a deep love for God's Word
Real Christian faith is based on something much more solid than the props of religion. It is based on the promises of God.
As the new term approaches, here's a reminder from the Psalms about the great God we praise!
Winning an Olympic medal is a great honour, but what privileges do Christians receive through Christ?
The gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world!
What we have to learn from athletics about running the race of the Christian life.
How does God answer our cries for justice and comfort in the midst of the violence and sadness of a broken world?
In the midst of gloom and despair, fresh confidence and bright hope breaks through when we see that the LORD reigns!
The psalms show us how to engage with God, and open up a window into what a real relationship with God looks and feels like.
God is neither silent nor remote; instead, he came down to our level to dwell among us. He wants us to know him. And to know his mind, too. He has spoken!
Marking the centenary of the battle of the Somme.
God’s plan for the world is worked out even in the midst of hugely turbulent times.
How might we approach the EU referendum issue from a biblical perspective?
Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty'.
What does Jesus think a successful church looks like?
Remembering J.C. Ryle
God's first question to humankind.
What is the third commandment about? What does it mean to misuse the name of the Lord?
God is not unknown; he may be known. God is not confined, but Lord of all. God does not need our help; we need his.
The resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter Sunday gloriously fulfilled God's promise.
Jesus died alone, that we might never die alone!
We no longer need to repeat a sacrifice to become right with God, but can commemorate Jesus' one, complete and everlasting sacrifice for us.
For God to permit a substitute was very merciful; to provide a substitute amazing grace - but to become a substitute is grace beyond all measure.
Agnosticism sounds eminently sensible, but is it possible to remain neutral about Jesus?
We often see ambition's ugly side, but is being ambitious always wrong?
Can the gospel speak effectively to a diverse world?
When facing a problem which feels out of control, many people pray. But who do we pray to, and how do we know they care?
The devil often works through plain, unspectacular untruth.
Because evil is natural to the human heart, all it needs to flourish is that good men do nothing.
The Bible tells us that God is not the feeble thing of popular imagination, but mighty, living and active. So what will he be doing this year?
How will we respond to Jesus? Like Herod, or the Magi?
The build-up to the first Christmas began not months, but millennia in advance!
How is the Christmas story relevant to us today?
In America it is Thanksgiving weekend. The whole nation takes the final Thursday of November as a day of “Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficient Father who dwelleth in the heavens.” But this wasn't a concept invented by the Founding Fathers; have you
In the aftermath of the atrocities in Paris last week, much attention is rightly being given to the practical question of how to deal with Islamist terrorism. The Bible can give us a steer.
This year is the 130th anniversary of the travelling to China in 1885 of “The Cambridge Seven”
How is it that some people understand Christianity, whilst others don't?
What does the Bible have to say about work-life balance?
Our culture is one where judgement is frequently passed on others. But what are the consequences?
There are huge amounts of evidence, of various kinds, that point to Jesus having been raised bodily from the dead.
Reflecting on how we might respond to the current refugee crisis.
What difference can the creator God make in our chaotic lives?
Over the years there have been many who have made holy-sounding claims in the name of religion, but who have actually been chasing money, power or prestige.
Are there such things as national characteristics, common features of a particular culture?
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty"
A key problem in the present crisis has not been economic at all.
When we think about God we often bring preconceived ideas...
Considering the privilege and responsibility of fatherhood.
How does temptation work? How can sensible people be persuaded to do or approve something which God has said is wrong?
Reflections in the aftermath of the UK's General Election.
Some thoughts ahead of this Thursday's General Election.
The idea that somehow God should choose those who are to be His, raises questions. Isn’t it we who choose God?
We can have tons of stuff, but for one reason or another be completely unable to enjoy it.
We are in danger of making people think the New Testament is calling us to drop our brains at the church door.
In a world of lots of religions, how do you know your god is the right one?
Our world tends to think of a confined Jesus: a figure of history only, or a figure of relevance only to some.
Living Christianity is totally culturally transferable, because it is real, and comes from the God who made everyone.
Death is many people's greatest fear, but the Christian can face it with confidence.
Do you know the names of your great-grandparents? It should not be difficult...
Extremism as such may not be the problem. The question is the ideology we’re extreme about.
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst.
"Je suis Charlie" has been the message of millions of posters across France.
The Christian gospel builds the best friendships in the world.
What was the most influential church in the world in the middle years of the first century?
As 2015 arrives, none of us knows what ups and downs to expect.
This Christmas, ponder the astounding generosity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
Mythmas: truth and myth get mixed in the blender. Magi, Santa, the angel, reindeer, shepherds, snow and even penguins get whooshed up together.
Advent is about Christmas and it's also a time to reflect on Christ’s second coming.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
What right has the Christian missionary to go to another country and urge people to turn from their local religion to Jesus?
This Remembrance Sunday, we do well to listen to some words of Jesus about war.
The Apostle Paul starts his great presentation of the Christian gospel in a most uncomfortable way...
Christian faith is not a leap in the dark; it is based on evidence.