Check out this very simple, easy, practical way to study God’s word and your walk with Jesus Christ together. Here are three short videos explaining the process. The first one gives a brief overview. If that catches your attention the next two go into greater detail. I would love for a few folks from St Peter’s to consider piloting this on a trial basis.
This 10-minute video offers a powerful perspective on the Cross in our contemporary reality. Don’t miss it. Excellent preparation for Holy Week.
Here is some counter-cultural food for thought from Ron Highfield.
We’ve heard it said so often that it has become utterly vacuous: “Christianity is for everyone!” “Everyone is welcome!” “Come just as you are!” That’s the way it works with well-worn phrases and catchy sentences. Remove them from their original contexts that gave them precision, repeat them year after year, and they become empty vessels to be filled with meanings subtly or even dramatically different from their original import. Spoken in a culture that celebrates tolerance above virtue, that prefers feeling good to being good, and that favors image over reality, the expression, “Christianity is for everyone,” will be interpreted to mean “Everyone is okay just the way they are.” So, in this post I want to say, “No, my friends, Christianity is not for everyone.”
Christianity is not for the proud, those who will not admit that they are weak and dependent beings, mortal and needy and empty. It’s…
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The indifferent cannot think of a reason to seek God and cannot imagine that God would have a reason to seek them. What blindness to the human condition! What ignorance of the self! How can a blind man remain indifferent to the physician who can restore sight or the starving to the benefactor who can supply food? Can the suffering remain indifferent to relief or the dying to life? Can the lonely and lost blithely ignore the clearly marked way home? What a different picture we see in Jesus Christ! Even when God did not matter to us, we mattered to God. Our indifference to God cannot make God indifferent to us. God enters the human sphere to seek the lost, heal the sick and raise the dead. The extent to which we matter to God is revealed in the passion of Christ giving himself for us. God opens his heart in a way no human would or could do, to his enemies, to strangers and to the indifferent. And for those who see and believe, God’s love creates love in them, love for God and all those whom God loves. And in their joy they know that nothing else matters.
From God, Freedom and Dignity, Ron Highfield, p. 216
This Q and A with William Taylor, Rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate in London, is a very helpful discussion of this topic from an evangelical Anglican perspective. I heard William Taylor speak at GAFCON in Nairobi last year. He is a brilliant Bible teacher. While you are at it, take a look at the wealth of resources on St Helen’s website.
This Facebook page contains a wealth of video resources. I cannot vouch for all of the content, but the ones I have watched are very helpful and inspiring.
I highly recommend this new book by Ron Highfield (Pepperdine University). The subtitle is: Embracing a God-Centered Identity in a Me-Centered World
The author shows how a distorted view of God’s nature inevitably sets us up for a power-struggle with Him, one in which we are prone to rebel, submit (in an unhealthy way) or draw away. This distortion affects not only our relationship with God but with others.
Here is an interview with the author.