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Is There Any Point In Trying?

God tells us that we are to discipline ourselves for godliness. We are to train ourselves to be godly. But how many of us actually take Him seriously? I mean, be honest, do you really try everyday to make serious progress in righteousness? What about ‘mortifying sin’? It’s good to hear a rousing sermon about it occasionally but as to a daily engagement, does it exist in your life? You are reading this blog, so possibly you might be one of those people who actually do it. Most of the rest of us however tend to have a ‘mend and make do’ attitude towards labouring unto godliness.

Why is that the case? I mean we have been bought out of an eternal existence, if you could call it an existence, of absolute poverty and agonising pain. How? Well it certainly wasn’t with the perishable commodities of silver and gold. Astonishingly it was through the sacrifice of death by God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. It was because He bore our sins in His body on the tree that we who were dead are now alive. We who were strangers and aliens, without hope and without God, have been adopted and are now the beloved children of [...]

Hologram Faith

Doors Open Days are great for the above average sized family like ours. It’s an initiative which gives you free access into a number of fascinating buildings. Last weekend it was Edinburgh’s turn to host the event, so we made a visit to the Royal Observatory. The fact that one of our children has been granted the opportunity to take a ‘placement week’ at the Observatory was another reason for visiting.

One of the first exhibits we encountered was a hologram of the EELT (European Extremely Large Telescope). Whilst this was impressive given the sheer scale of the project, it was nonetheless a bit surreal because construction has just started in Chile and the telescope will not become operational until the mid 2020’s.

Last weekend, Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, appeared before an ‘open-mouthed’ audience at the 2014 Nantucket Project in Massachusetts.  It was quite the spectacle as he sat on a stool beside filmmaker Eugene Jarecki sharing his thoughts on the importance of public access to free information, research, and the impact of censorship on history.   But why an ‘open-mouthed’ audience? Because Assange, having sought asylum in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden, has been confined to [...]

The Real and Present Danger of Drift and Neglect

Neglect is not a pleasant subject, and it does not engender positive feelings within us.  Stories of the death of an elderly person who has lived, not by choice, as a virtual recluse in our neighbourhood, or the neglect of a child whose parents who are so caught up in their abuse-driven lifestyle, do not bring a smile to our face or make us laugh.  Neglect is not a good thing under any circumstances, but if it takes root in the life of the professing Christian it can have disastrous eternal consequences.

Neglect is never a sudden, cascading reality.  Invariably it always has a quiet starting point and its progression is often marked by an almost imperceptible drift into its ever increasing form.  The writer to the Hebrews calls his readers to pay much closer attention to what they have heard lest a drifting away from it lays hold of their lives.  The picture he paints is of a little rowing boat which is tied to the dock with a rope.  A failure to make sure that the mooring is tightly tied means that over time the movement of the boat on the ebb and flow of the tide begins to [...]

Ever Had One Of Those Weeks?

Ever had one of those weeks when everything you touch seems to go to dust.  Just had one, at least I hope it’s over. 

Ever been in a situation/s where you’ve been saying or writing something and the way you’ve said or written it has not reflected what’s really in your heart, and it’s come across as though you are a bit of a hard nosed, thoughtless individual.  I’ve been hitting that zone a bit for the past three or four days.

It will pass.  People do care and can read your heart, even if they don’t always tell you, it’s okay!   But how do you deal with it yourself.   How do you keep from sliding down the slippery pole of pride fuelled thinking;  ‘why bother, why not just stand back and let others get on with it, and if they don’t want to, well so be it!’