I recently read an online opinion piece condemning "religious gender conversion therapy". The piece was contending that trying to change someone's gender or sexual orientation, even when that someone wants to change, is wrong. The author argued, "everyone is right" (unless, of-course, you believe that people can change from same-sex attracted, or any other colour … Continue reading Why everyone isn’t always right, and why Jesus being the only way to God is actually Good News.
I’ve been told for years to keep politics and religion separate. If you’re religious you’ve probably been told to do the same. As a “religious leader”, I am often encouraged to stick to a “separation of church and state”, and the past decade as a Christian minister, I have been more than happy to tow … Continue reading “STOP MIXING YOUR RELIGION WITH MY POLITICS!” Why the religious now have no choice but to get political.
Australia. Are you ready? Are you awake? Have you forgiven those you need to forgive so that you can share the greatest news of forgiveness? Are you one with others so that you can be one with Him? Have you laid down your ego and your logo so that you can facilitate His glory and … Continue reading The Great Summer Harvest.
It was a clear day, as clear as the days get in a city fighting incredible levels of pollution. The streets were teeming with people, making the most of the tail end of the local religious holiday. I was talking with my friend about how I longed to see God's Kingdom come more and more … Continue reading Stories Across the Seas: S.E. Asia
Everybody longs for home, for a place where they belong and where they are fully alive. Most picture safety and comfort when they think of home, and they usually have pictures of a favourite chair in their living room, maybe a fireplace, or a kitchen table. They almost always also think of family. When I … Continue reading Stories Across the Seas: Singapore
I've been thinking a lot lately about "revival". It's a buzz word for Christians these days, many are talking about how the church needs another "revival", about how we are having a "revival", or about how we are on the cusp of another one. But what is revival, what is needed to have it, and … Continue reading A Recipe for Revival.
The Bible tells a story in the gospels, of angels appearing to shepherds and telling them about Jesus' birth. But were the angels real, or had the shepherds a little over tired and delirious after a long day herding sheep? I believe the angels were real. Really there, really big, and I dare suggest, really … Continue reading Were they Real Angels that showed up at Christmas?
This is a big one. Theologically, emotionally, big. Healing is a "buzz word" for many Christians. Few things are as exciting as watching God supernaturally heal someone! In the same vein, few things as confusing or frustrating as the times when God doesn't heal someone. I get it. I've seen people miraculously healed in front … Continue reading Why do Some People get Healed and Not Others?
I'm a big fan of the supernatural. Angels, Miracles and the Holy Spirit. Diseases healed. souls saved, the dead rising... supernaturally. Yes! I'm a big fan of the supernatural. But why? Because put plainly, the natural doesn't cut it. Last night I sat on a park bench next to a man who was a stranger … Continue reading Why the Supernatural?
It was a cold rainy Autumn day in the U.K., and I found myself walking around an impressively sized abandoned church building, next door to the smaller chapel I was about to preach in. The church building was falling apart, listed for sale years ago, yet it was still so beautiful. As I gazed up … Continue reading The God of Second Chances.