Living Truth

READ: 2 John 1:1-6 The truth lives in us and will be with us forever (v.2). Ever wanted to live like a monk? Thirty-four young adults did, accepting an offer from the Archbishop of Canterbury to embrace a countercultural, monastic way of life for ten months. From varied nations and denominations, the group formed a... Continue Reading →

Popular Opinion?

READ: 2 Corinthians 6:1-18 We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us and by our sincere love (v.6). Hearing rave reviews from her circle of friends—all believers in Jesus—about a TV show they’d been watching, my friend decided to check it out. After just two... Continue Reading →

Fear and Shame no more

READ: Genesis 3:1-24 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” (v.9). My friend was walking through a sculpture park when she saw the sculptor Rodin’s statue of Eve, which captures the moment Eve understood what she had done against God. My friend wept at Eve’s desperate, twisting figure, shattered by shame... Continue Reading →

Confident Trust

READ: Hebrews 10:32-39 My righteous ones will live by faith (v.38) Following a long season of loss, hardship, transition and illness, my heart and mind were in a fragile place. Though my assurance that Jesus Christ is “our great God and Saviour” (Titus 2:13) remained intact, I had many questions about what it meant to... Continue Reading →

Two Sorrows

READ: 2 Corinthians 7:8-13 The kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10). When I was younger, shame or guilt would often overwhelm me. The trigger could be an obvious area where I had failed, and I simply could not shake the gloom... Continue Reading →

Know It All

READ: John 9:1-41 Then they cursed him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses! We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even know where this man comes from (John 9:28-29) I had a friend who questioned his Christian workplace’s views of a particular disputable theological matter. Not long... Continue Reading →

The One

Read: Luke 15:1-7 If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? (Luke 15:4). The trailer for the epic World War II movie Saving... Continue Reading →

Not a Sprint

Read: 2 Corinthians 11:16–12:10 I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm (2 Corinthians 11:27). In 1983, a sixty-one-year-old potato farmer named Cliff Young showed up for a... Continue Reading →

Streams of Mercy

Read: 2 Peter 3:3-10 [God] does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent (2 Peter 3:9). The council in Cassandra Boyson’s Seeker’s Trilogy was responsible for maintaining law and order in the name of the “Great One.” Instead, they were corrupt, singling out people they deemed different for cruel treatment. Slowly... Continue Reading →

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