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Do Not Judge!

Judging Properly Thoughts from I Corinthians 4: There is a common misconception today that people should not judge one another. Not only is such a notion impossible to actually carry out, but it would also be foolish to try and carry it out. Just try to go through an entire day without making any judgments against another person. If you are a salesman, then you will not be able to sell anything, because doing so involves the judgment to know…

Why is the Church so Divided?

Why Is The Church So Divided? Thoughts from I Corinthians 3: Many people today ask why the church seems so lacking in unity or why there are so many divisions in the church. Sadly, many who ask these questions never look into the Bible for an answer. However, when we look into the Scriptures we find that God has much to say about divisions in the church, what causes them, and what can heal them. The Church Has Been Divided…

Speaking Ability and Proclaiming Christ

Thoughts from I Corinthians 2: Speaking Ability and Proclaiming Christ             Paul reminds the Corinthians that when he was first among them, he did not preach the gospel news about Jesus with clever tactics of oratory. Because Corinth was historically a Greek city, and because the Greek philosophers and their descendants prized polished speaking ability, some of the Corinthians thought Paul should be using those clever forms of communication when preaching the good news about Jesus. This expectation had become…

Book Review: Coronavirus and Christ by John Piper

John Piper, Coronavirus and Christ. Wheaton: Crossway, 2020. 121pp.             John Piper is the founder and teacher of DesiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as pastor for preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God and Reading The Bible Supernaturally. This work is unique for “Pastor John”, as some call him, because it was written in a very short period of…

Issue #154

Last Sunday, the City of Sydney was brought to a standstill as over 80000 runners competed in the now famous ‘City to Surf Fun Run’. I was talking with one competitor late that night and he said that by the time he started the race, the winner was already crossing the finish line! Such were the numbers in this 14km event. For many people this was just a run for fun. People were dressed in all sorts of costumes including gorilla suits! They took their time…

Issue #141

Today we come to the last sermon in this first series of Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians titled ‘Challenging Church’. It has been a time of learning as we have taken a good look at a church that had its problems and how Paul counseled the church to make it a more unified and loving church. We will continue further study of this great letter later in the year when we consider the second in the series titled ‘Loving Church’. This should be very encouraging for us…

Issue #140

Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth is becoming more and more interesting … and difficult for that matter! Up until now, Paul has been addressing serious issues within the church that was caused by factionalism and division as well as a failure to deal with sin in the church. Weighty issues to be sure! Issues that Paul saw as incredibly important in the life of any church! Now Paul addresses issues that were raised by people in the church. The first one is…

Issue #139

It is very hard listening to the stories being told at the ‘Royal Commission into Child Abuse’. I find it appalling that the ‘church’ has so much to answer for in regards to the sexual abuse of children. It seems to be a similar story being told again and again by both males and females who suffered at the hands of ungodly men and women. These men and women, who were entrusted to care for the children, took it upon themselves to use these same children for…

Issue #138

I have been in leadership, in one form or another, for over 40 years. I still find it very challenging. I have never found it easy. Of course, when I was younger I thought that it would be a breeze. I was headstrong and full of confidence. I thought I knew so much. How arrogant I was and I cringe when I think back to those early days of leadership. It did not take too long to realize my stupidity…

Issue #137

Our world has become pretty impersonal and in particular in the bigger cities. The sense of community, as I knew it as a boy, has been lost. Community brings with it familiarity and a sense of belonging. Community harnesses resources where its residents rally together for a cause. I have been blessed by living in a number of communities over the years. I learned the value and strength of working together and have enjoyed the sense of camaraderie as we…
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