It seems they believed the message that all you have to do to be saved is pray the prayer … I have been perplexed for many years that when I was at University there were about 6-8% of students who were active Christians. Now it has collapsed to about 1%. What happened? Surely a movement … Continue reading Where did all the Christians go?
The materialism of our age rubs off on me. I come to think that God needs us to fulfil His purposes. I forget He could do everything, but that he chooses to involve us as a Father might involve His four year old son. I had been thinking through the purposes of the Christian life, … Continue reading Who is the centre?
The theology of the evangelical movement is one of victory and perpetual growth. The churches’ retreat is an embarrassing secret to be kept in the closet. Yet it is only by facing the truth of where we are that we can go with God where He desires. Jean Vanier points out that on the first … Continue reading Holding an old view of Jesus
The tongue seems to be the idol of the evangelical church. In conservative churches what matters is preaching the Word. In charismatic churches what matters are worship, tongues and prophecy. As a friend of mine remarked, everyone is speaking and no one is listening. Maybe we never stop speaking because we are trying to persuade, … Continue reading The idolatry of the tongue
I was climbing Ben Nevis with my family. As we approached the snow line two young soldiers came back. An experienced climber ahead, had told them they could not climb without crampons. Should we go on without them? We decided we would continue but abort at the first sign of trouble. With great joy … Continue reading Unnecessary Obstacles