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Jesus’ Medicine – Tastes Like Ribena

April 24, 2010 // 14 Comments

My 5 year old came home from school yesterday with a fever. We wrapped her up in her doona, made her comfortable on the couch, and we prayed for her. She got worse. By the time dinner was served she was lying on the floor moaning. She said she couldn’t get up. It was time for Jesus’ Medicine! It might [...]

Where Does Forgiveness Come From? And Why Does it Matter?

April 19, 2010 // 12 Comments

There are two statements in the Bible that seem to contradict each other: 1.    If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Mt 6:14) 2.    Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Col 3:13) Did you spot the difference? The first statement says forgiveness starts with [...]

Leadership in The Office: Top 15 Michael Scott Quotes

April 16, 2010 // 3 Comments

One thing that unites most church leaders is an interest in the subject of leadership. Leadership is important, I’ll grant you, but honestly, do we need another leaders’ meeting? Since that day in Miletus when Paul met with the Ephesian elders, leaders have been meeting regularly with other leaders to teach [...]

Granddad’s Bumper Sticker

April 13, 2010 // 2 Comments

Back in the 1970s my Granddad had a bumper sticker on his Ford Cortina that read: Christians Aren’t Perfect, Just Forgiven In the past 40 years I have thought more about that bumper sticker than any other! And after all this time I still haven’t decided whether I like it or not. Originally I thought the [...]

Incomplete Deeds: The Zombie Church of Sardis (Rev 3:1-6)

April 11, 2010 // 17 Comments

What a wonderful thing for a church to get a letter from Jesus! The seven churches of Revelations 1-3 were a real mixed bag with some getting rebukes and others encouragement, but all were blessed. Even the churches that were mucking around with the things of God were blessed because they were being warned. They [...]

Grace and Propitiation in the Chronicles of Narnia

April 4, 2010 // 5 Comments

In an earlier post I wrote that Aslan died only for the sins of Edmund. That’s true, but it’s not the whole truth. I had forgotten parts of the conversation the White Witch had with Aslan. Rereading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe again last night, I came across this: “Have you forgotten the Deep [...]

Easter in Narnia: What Really Happened at the Stone Table

April 2, 2010 // 2 Comments

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the schoolboy Peter finds himself in two bloodthirsty battles. In the first he fights and slays Maugrim the Wolf, captain of the Witch’s secret police. You’ve got to admire Peter’s courage. One day he’s playing hide and seek in the Professor’s house, the next [...]

Christianity in The Simpsons: Top 12 Reverend Lovejoy Quotes

April 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

Who is the most watched preacher on American TV? For the past 20 years it has probably been the Reverend Timothy Lovejoy of the First Church of Springfield. This is both funny and depressing. Funny, because The Simpsons is good satire (or used to be); depressing because for many Reverend Lovejoy is the face of [...]

“The Naked Gospel” by Andrew Farley

March 31, 2010 // 10 Comments

If you’ve been plugged into the blogosphere you’ve probably heard of The Naked Gospel and the story of how it’s author, Andrew Farley, came to write it. Farley was burned out with “obsessive Christianity disorder.” The pressure he felt in trying to perform for Jesus reduced him to a nervous wreck. He [...]