We wait for Christ’s return, living in the in-between, without knowing when it will be. To wait is to surrender our control. To wait is to trust in God.
Miscellaneous favourite things: handwritten letters, sunsets, the smell of petrol, baklava, popcorn, singing descants to Christmas carols, irises and roses, waterfalls, learning other languages…
If you are a woman, weary of being silenced, and wondering what your place is in the church, then this book will make you want to stand again, and probably sing and dance too.
We need to appoint into leadership those whom society devalues – not because of any worldly political correctness, but because of the Bible, and the character of God. God loves the widow and orphan and foreigner. He is a God of the oppressed minority.
I don’t know many people who are eager to take medication, especially for those “invisible” psychological needs. And in the church there is often a peculiar bias against mental unhealth, an implicit or explicit message of “If you had enough faith, depression would not be an issue.”
Advent is a penitential season (like Lent). Traditionally, this was a time of fasting and prayer before the feasting of Christmas. Here is a selection of the best resources (books, music, e-course) to help you mark Advent and prepare for Christmas.
I heard pastors and church people tell me that loneliness was a sign that I don’t quite love God enough, that I need to try harder to be satisfied by Him alone. That the cure for loneliness is to draw closer to Jesus. I think they were wrong.
I am shortlisted for the Best Blogger in the UK’s Christian New Media Awards. Tonight I will be celebrating – and most likely for other people, rather than me. But I will be doing it with gusto.