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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…

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 #132

The distinctive disciple of Jesus is quite some person. This series in ‘Being in God’s Service’ has certainly awakened me to the need for some urgent remedial work on my character. I have been greatly challenged to rethink my motivation in serving; how I display love to those around me; how I serve others; whether I have integrity in all I do; whether humility is really center stage as I serve and whether I am truly content in the knowledge…

Issue #130

The next distinguishing character of a disciple of Jesus for our consideration is ‘integrity’! Integrity is defined as ‘soundness of moral principle and character; uprightness and honesty’. In a world where morals are open for much debate it is difficult to know where to draw the line when it comes to integrity. Morals are all about right conduct and distinction between right and wrong. Sadly, what is ‘right and wrong’ is also the subject of much debate and seems to be more based on ‘situational ethics’, that…

Issue #129

‘Connecting Sundays to Mondays’ … and the rest of the week is challenging! Last week we were confronted with the need for love as a key distinctive in the life of a genuine disciple of Jesus. A deep love for God and our neighbour is foundational in being a disciple who will stand out from the crowd. In fact, we are told that everything, that is all we do, hinges on this love! How then are we to live this…

Issue #128

I am starting to think that becoming a distinctive disciple is certainly a challenge. So far in our journey on this topic I have learned that my motivation really matters. I need to be setting my mind on things above where Jesus is seated with God. My mind must not be tuned in to earthly things and certainly not to the temporal. I need to be always thinking from an eternal perspective. Now that is a challenge! Then I learned…

Issue #127

I remember sitting at my desk and looking out the window to the distant hills of Yetholme. I had just been relocated to Bathurst and was given the prime spot in the whole building where the view was incredible. It was a time of excitement. Out there in those hills lay places to discover and enjoy. It was one of those magnificent days that beckon us out into the great outdoors. Only trouble was I was stuck in the office…

Issue #126

Today we start the next in our series on ‘Connecting Sundays to Mondays …’ We move from ‘The Foundations for the Good Life’ to realizing the importance of being a distinctive disciple in the various places and situations we find ourselves in. Distinctive meaning ‘distinguished, unique and not being the same’. How can we not be the same as everyone else and stand out in the crowd? Should we stand out? If so, why should we stand out? In reality,…