Romans 6v20-23 The late Christopher Hitchens said he didn’t want there to be a God, because he didn’t want to be “under the permanent control and supervision of an unalterable celestial dictator”. Like him many people resent any idea of being under God’s authority. But is the alternative really the freedom people think it is?”
John 14:25-27 Stress is now the single biggest cause of sickness in the UK. But it’s not just some people who face pressures and worries, we all do at some level. Jesus promises his followers a peace which is unlike anything the world can offer. Listen in as we consider how to experience it.
Luke 18v9-14 “I am a creature of the day, passing through life as an arrow through the air…till a few moments hence I am seen no more! I drop into an unchangeable eternity! I want to know one thing, the way to heaven: how to land safe on that happy shore”. John Wesley, who wrote […]
There’s a huge hunger in our society to have authentic spiritual experience, but there’s little consensus about how we go about it. Will it come about through emptying my mind? Or through connecting with the natural world? Or perhaps through art or through worship music? Hear Jesus’ teaching about how to experience God.
Luke 13:1-17 Some have argued that suffering is incompatible with belief in a God of love. This talk examines how suffering is explained by some of the world’s leading philosophies and religions, before considering the teaching of Jesus which is both more unsettling than the alternatives and at the same time more comforting.
Isaiah 42:1-12There are times when we may feel God has forgotten us, or we feel failures because of sin, or we feel despair looking at the state of the world. What does God say to us at such times? “Behold my servant”.
Daniel 1:3-21 Sometimes churches or individuals face crisis moments where they have to choose between denying God or suffering persecution. At other times the threat is much more subtle: just gradually fitting in with the culture around us. This second kind of threat, like rocks submerged under the surface, can actually be more dangerous.
Daniel 1:1-2 If Christianity were true why is it so pathetic? Whatever place Christianity once had in our public life, it is now more likely to be seen as part of the problem than part of the solution. It seems as though it has been tried and found wanting. Where is God in the midst […]
Most modern people don’t quite get the Bible’s obsession with idolatry. We think of idolatry as an ancient problem for backward people who bowed down to statues, not a relevant one for sophisticated folks like us. But we aren’t beyond idolatry. We simply dress it up in different clothes.