If you want to know how to totally muck it up as a Christian leader then take a look at King Saul, the details of whose reign we find mainly in the books of Samuel. He provides some brilliant examples.
His main weakness, which eventually became his downfall, was that he was driven by pride. He was terrified of losing the respect and love and praise of others, and his obsession with keeping those things overrode his desire to obey God.Read more
“Daddy, I’m packing my bags” our six-year-old daughter announced on 14 July 2012. “Where are you going?” I asked her. She replied matter-of-factly: “To the other side of the world to tell people about Jesus.”
My daughter’s missionary zeal that evening was brought on by last year’s Gen12 – a fantastic one-day missions conference put on by BST. My wife and I had been wondering for some time whether God might be wanting us to think more about overseas ministry work, and Gen12 was the perfect opportunity to explore that.Read more
I remember the first time I walked into a prison. The starkness of the metal barriers; the churning of my stomach; the rigid security checks; the stares of the prisoners; the drabness of everything.
I’ve become accustomed to it now, but this morning I get to accompany a new trainee chaplain on her first visit to a high-security prison, and I wonder if she feels the same nervousness I did.Read more
These days it seems that being ‘evangelical’ is back in vogue. But what exactly does that mean?
Everyone wants to claim it, to the point that now many Christians from a broad range of theological backgrounds and beliefs label themselves by it, and it often seems to have different connotations in different cultures. The reality is, however, that many Christians (and certainly non-believers) don’t really have a clear idea of what the word actually means or who it describes.Read more