Jul 092017
 

In the Bible all manner of sacrifices and offerings are recorded. In Scripture, the nature of a sacrifice or offering is normally a religious act belonging to worship in which a material offering is made to God.  Sometimes the item may be destroyed or consumed by the worshippers or given for redistribution for others.  Sacrifices and offerings can come with all manner of motives.  In the Old Testament many of them were to appease or atone for the sin and [continue reading…]

Jul 022017
 

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Jun 112017
 

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Jun 042017
 

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May 282017
 

Last Sunday I reflected on the wisdom of the men and women of the Midweek Communion community, the simple yet profound responses they gave to the questions, “How does Jesus impact your life day to day?”,  “What does knowing him actually do for you?” Their answers, you may recall, included three basic elements.  Firstly, they said, he is present to them.  As Jesus said in John’s gospel, “I know my sheep, my sheep hear my voice”. Secondly, having grown to [continue reading…]

May 212017
 

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May 072017
 

Last weekend twenty blokes from St Philips or closely related to St Philips went away together.  I know I am supposed to say this but I will anyway,  “It was fantastic”. It was fantastic to be away with men.  It was fantastic to room with other men.  It was fantastic to joke with other men.  It was fantastic to cook and eat and wash up with other men.  It was fantastic to walk up a very steep hill with other [continue reading…]

Apr 162017
 

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Apr 162017
 

In Cairo this morning, Coptic Christians will be declaring, alongside us, “Christ is risen, he is risen indeed!”  But if I were a Christian in Cairo this Easter morning that would feel like a hollow declaration for, as we know, on Palm Sunday, would-be Islamic freedom fighters saw fit to indiscriminately detonate suicide bombs inside and just outside two significant Christian churches, killing and maiming dozens. Have no doubt, Christians are targets for humiliation and destruction in many parts of [continue reading…]

Apr 022017
 

I live in a world that is desperate for good news among people who often feel blessed by their circumstance. Last week at St Philips we considered Jesus’ final words, teaching his disciples to live and thrive in challenging, even desperate times.  Desperate times is the prevailing context for Christian growth and spiritual prosperity.  This is probably our biggest challenge.  My life, my lot, my circumstances dominate my world view.  To engage with others in greater need somehow recalibrates my [continue reading…]