Jesus did not wrestle His angry Father to the ground and snatch the whip out of His hand. Likewise, God did not force His Son to be merciful to humanity. God loves His people and demonstrated His love by sending His Son to die. The Son loves the Father and so was willing to … [Read more...] about Come in, out of the Darkness
Who we Are Instead
The world loves to lay hold of the dictionary and determine the definitions. Politics, religion, faith, male, female, truth, lies.... and more. I prefer the old, unchanging definitions. I prefer reality.
The good news of the resurrection is that there is a real you, more 'you' than you can possibly imagine. And as you become more and more gripped by the life of Jesus you become more and more uniquely yourself. You become more and more of what God in Christ has made you to be. A … [Read more...] about A Shadow of Things to Come
If you read the bible right through from beginning to end, one of the themes that quickly emerge is the theme of slavery and freedom. Adam is placed in a garden planted by God and told to tend it. This means growth, expansion. Adam would go out into the wider world and … [Read more...] about A Bit About Slavery
Judgement is easy. Mercy is a nightmare. Hating those who offend us comes naturally, but acquitting the guilty feels like torture. The reason for this is that mercy always comes at the cost of the one granting it. Forgiving those who are guilty of offending you, while … [Read more...] about The High Cost of Mercy
We tend to view justice as the occasion where people get their “just desserts”, and, while this is true, there is another, inescapable aspect of justice that is evident everywhere, but often overlooked. Behind the often comical “Pearly Gates” cartoon series by Ian Jones … [Read more...] about Where Justice and Mercy Meet