If someone was out to trash your reputuation, how would you react? With sacrificial love? This is the sort of leadership that the apostle Paul demonstrates. He won’t give up on the wayward church in Corinth and he’s prepared to use tough love in order to bring them to their senses. Two areas where Christian […]
We all boast and brag. And then there’s the subtle art of the humblebrag. We do that too! In his second letter to the Corinthian Christians, Paul is forced to boast but he knows it’s a foolish game to play. If he will boast in anything, he will boast in his weakness. Have you ever […]
We now enter the final chapters of the apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthian Christians. Paul’s emotions now start to spill over. Something has pushed all of Paul’s buttons and he’s upset and he’s desperate for the Corinthians Christians to return to the true gospel. These Christians have deleveloped a faulty view of power. Paul […]
In some ways when it comes to money, churches don’t have a very good track record. Within churches there’s been promises of prosperity, and there’s been greed and manipulation. So is there are a way to approach the concept of generous Christian giving while avoiding theses abuses? In fact there is, and it comes down […]
Anti-discriminiation. Equal opportunity. Harmony. Tolerance. They’re important words in our society. Does the teaching of the bible teach something that’s different? Does the way that the bible tells Christian people to view ‘unbelievers’ constitute intolerance? This important passage of 2 Corinthians helps us think through these things.
Before you embark on something, it’s worth being realistic about how hard it will be. That’s certainly the case with the Chrsitian faith and the apostle Paul gives us a startling picture of how hard it’s been for him, living as a follower of Jesus. He explains that the Christian life is about endurance. But […]
We judge others on the basis of achievements, possessions, success and failure. We judge ourselves on the basis of achievements, possessions, success and failure. But what if there’s another way of understanding ourselves? Rather than the external things, God brings about real inward transformation through Jesus’ loving sacrifice for us.
The reality of death fills us with fear. Despair even, and we can live in such a way as if to deny it. But there is hope. To know this hope for the future we need to look back to the past – the event of Jesus’ resurrection. When we have hope for this life […]
How do you measure success in life? How do we measure success in the christian life and church leadership? The Christian faith offers a radical new way of understanding success. It’s success not based on results and what looks impressive. Faithful Christianity is when we’re willing to be frail, weak ‘jars of clay’. What matters […]
For the religious person, something like ‘the 10 commandments’ might be considered the pinnacle of right living. But what if religious rules and guidelines however good they are, actually only brings condemnation and death? We don’t need more laws to live by, we need a new transformed heart so that real change comes from the […]