Poetic Greats – William Cowper

Not of Works Grace, triumphant in the throne, Scorns a rival, reigns alone; Come and bow beneath her sway, Cast your idol works away: Works of man, when made his plea, Never shall accepted be; Fruits of pride (vain-glorious worm) Are the best he can perform. Self, the god his soul adores, Influences all his…

#LoveTrumpsHate

This hashtag has become well-known over the course of the 2016 American Presidential Election, and in the aftermath of Donald J Trumps victory no less a personality than Lady Gaga was seen driving through New York on a truck, holding up this message.  But is it true?  Does love trump hate? The answer is … it depends!…

Redemption – we all need it!

We all love a good story about redemption.  A human hero, warts and all, who overcomes weakness to win the day.  We love it because we live it.  We identify with the weakness and maybe even the warts, and we hope to overcome, to win. Redemption is such a common theme that GoodReads has a shelf…

His Name Shall Be … [from Isaiah 9v6]

Wonderful Counsellor A counsellor is one you turn to for advice or help when you have some problem or difficulty. There have been many wise counsellors throughout history but all of them came upon situations that were beyond them. Not the Lord Jesus Christ. There was no problem too big for Him to solve Whether…

I make all things new

These are the words of Jesus Christ in Revelation 21:5 ‘And He that sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new”.’ At the beginning of 2015, may I wish you all a Happy New Year! We don’t know what this year may hold, but even in these early days, it is clear…

Learn about the Bible … yourself … here (courtesy of Goodseed.com)

  The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus – VideoBook “The Bible is the world’s best-seller. But I don’t know what’s it all about!” The Bible is big, ancient book filled history, poetry, letters and prophecy. How can anyone figure out what is its main message? Why are there so many copies of the Bible…

The God and Saviour Jesus Christ? What do you think?

Central to the Gospel message is the truth of the Deity of Christ. This claim – God manifest in flesh – is one of the foundation pillars upon which the hope of the Christian rests. And so, a key question we must all address is this: What do you think of Jesus Christ? Is thus…

Touching God

“We feel more connected to someone if they touch us” Prof Guerrero (1); We know this is true on a human level, but I want to also think of inanimate objects. No doubt you can think of examples when you were in the presence of objects of significance, either belonging to a famous person, or…

The answer to anxiety

I would like to share a great sermon I heard on a subject that many, if not all, of us know much about – anxiety. There is an answer. Have a listen, and I hope you find it as helpful as I did. Anxiety by RW Glenn

King Ego

Yesterday I spent the majority of the day working with a homeless alcoholic we shall call Adam (fictitious name). Spending time with him, trying to get him into some shelter or hostel was not only eye-opening from the point of view of how others live, but enlightening concerning the underlying problems of the soul. Adam…

How valuable is a human life?

Speaking to a man in Northfield today, we got on to the subject of Capital Punishment. He described it as murder, and said: It is never right to take a life! I would like you to pause a moment. Do you agree? I don’t want to debate the merits of this statement here. It was…

University Students

Welcome to Birmingham If you’re a new student, let me welcome you to our wonderful city.  For those of you returning – welcome back.  I hope you had a good summer, and that your studies are going well. What do you want from your time at university? At the beginning we always have expectations.  I…