I've been blogging on the internet since around 2005. First using hand-coded sites and then using CMS such as Nucleus, Wordpress and Joomla.
All opinions expressed in these blog posts are my own.
It's a sad state of affairs we've come to in Britain when the unsubstantiated claim of 'harrassment' or 'offence' is used to shut down dissenting voices to the current zetgeist. I don't think I've seen or read about, in the 20 odd years of being a Christian, so many preachers of God's word being harrassed or arrested by the Police.
The Bible contains many instances where significant events have taken place in an 'upper room', not just the Jerusalem Upper Room. It seemed good to recount several of these. I've included scripture, a precis and some themes in each instance.
Over the years I've posted a lot of content online, in blogs, discussions, forums and social media. Looking back you often see how your outlook on life changes. When I was a lad I leant a lot towards the left. I was, and still remain a trade union member and even joined the Labour Party.
Immersed in worship one morning at our Sunday service I was struck by a couple of phrases in the song we were singing. It was by Hillsong and called My Story. The first phrase was "God will always be my strength" and the second was "To know You God is why I live".
It takes a lot to get me bothered about poetry. But every now and again you happen upon a gem. One such is The Future of Forestry by Clives Staples Lewis. It's a beautiful poem which combines the themes of nostalgia, ages past and hope in the future.
We're so used to reading about Jesus being a man of 'peace and love', both from the Bible and also from our culture. A surprise then to see in the Bible Jesus telling his disciples to sell their cloaks and buy swords!
Recently I was leading the congregation in singing a wonderful chorus called Mighty to Save. The first line goes "Everyone needs compassion…"
And it go me thinking, what does God’s word say about compassion? A couple of scriptures came to mind, first was Zechariah’s Prophecy regarding the birth of the Prophet John in which the Lord shows compassion to all of the earth.