Part 9. Very few societies in history have shown less regard for honouring parents, and older people, than ours does. Why is this? There are a whole range of reasons, but underneath it all is this: our culture has no hope beyond death. We trumpet the value of youth to distract ourselves from dying.
Part 8. Looking at the ninth commandment: we’re not to speak badly or to lie. Sounds easy in itself, but we speak up to 20,000 words a day, but only around 700 have any real value. And we’re increasingly living in a culture of ‘truth decay’ and ‘alternative facts’.
Part 6. In our generation, the main commandment that the world objects to is the seventh. To most people today, it sounds arbitrary and backwards. So we need to ask the crucial question: why are those sexual restrictions there? We want to suggest three reasons—three “big picture” connections between sex and God that make sense … Continue reading “Faithful Sexuality”
Part 5. The command to not murder is simple, but in Matthew 5 Jesus explains that anyone who is angry with his brother is guilty of the same thing. Jesus’s primary concern is the root, not the fruit. Get the root right and good fruit will follow.
Part 4. Want to be blessed? Learn to rest. Take time off, switch off and head off… into recreation, relaxation, restoration, recovery and relationship: ultimately relationship with God.
Right at the beginning of his ministry Jesus announces the coming of the Kingdom by applying this Scripture to himself: “To comfort all who mourn” (Isaiah 61:2)
Healing: part 2. Looking at one of the most dramatic healing miracles that Jesus ever does, seeing how it shapes our theology and how we go about this at a practical level.
Healing: part 1. We live in the huge tension between the ‘now’ and the ‘not yet’. But we want to see more of the ‘not yet’ now.
Peace: part 2. As Christians we have access to God’s perfect peace. That does not mean life is easy, but it means we can experience an indescribable peace despite our circumstances.