Recently I had a conversation with a church leader. We had a good conversation ranging over several topics, some at a bit of a tangent. One thing we discussed was how God cares for us. The church leader felt that God meets our needs through fellow Christians. It's a platitude many of us may be … Continue reading Self-help Christianity
We might be responsible for getting ourselves into a mess, but does that make us ‘responsible’ for getting ourselves out of it? I use quotation marks because ‘responsible’ isn’t quite what I mean here, at least not in its usual meaning. I think what I mean is that people who are in a mess – … Continue reading Conservatives, Christianity and the Benefits System
What does it mean for Jesus to give us rest? It is easy to spiritualise his words – that what he means is that we can carry on in our busy lives, and feel at peace within them. It almost seems wrong to suggest that it means anything else. Peace within the storm, not peace … Continue reading The meaning of rest – reducing the load
The sheep story continues… Note that the traveller represents the recession, the rich man is the wealthy of this country and the poor men are those on benefits or otherwise below the poverty line. The poor man who may (or may not) have stolen a sheep represents those who may (or may not) be cheats, … Continue reading Taking from the poor, Part 2
In the Old Testament of the Bible there is a story about King David and an affair he had. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a boy. At this time, a prophet came to David and told him a story, to show him his wrong-doing in taking another man’s wife. In this story, … Continue reading Taking from the poor
I’ve been talking a lot with my family recently about appropriate responses to suffering. One of the most common responses I’ve come across is “You need to find out what God is trying to teach you through this.” Sometimes it’s true. God does discipline us, so it may be that he is encouraging us to … Continue reading What does God teach us when we suffer?