Someone wrote in an email to me the other day a word of thanks for all the wonders of the gospel that I take such pleasure in teaching and conveying to them. I love the expression ‘the wonders of the […]
Many years ago at four o’clock in the morning over several days in my hotel room in New Zealand, God woke me up and continuously dealt with me about focusing on the call, focusing on preaching and teaching the word […]
These are sober days for Western Christianity. I say that not because the world is suddenly more evil than before, as many in the church believe and certainly not because we face greater dangers of physical persecution and death. Rather, […]
I love the non conformism of Jesus. He surprised, He angered, He stunned people with His behaviour. He overturned tables everyone else felt comfortable with. He did not wash where the done thing was to do it, ostentatiously. He held forth about praying secretly rather than where everyone could see and marvel at your holiness. Then He came up with stuff about giving secretly, giving secretly, now what is that? How are people to know how amazing you are if you do not do your amazing stuff for all to see?
Strangely He did not seem to think that what people saw mattered as much as what God saw, and went on to add that your heavenly Father who sees what you do in secret will reward you openly. That’s good, but then He said if you do your good stuff to be seen by men, then their admiration is all the reward you’re getting, God considers you’ve had enough. That’s slightly less palatable. And some of us still choose the admiration of our peers over God’s approval.
So Jesus kicked against things people thought normal,