Dr Peter Saunders from the Christian Medical Fellowship calls Christians to pray in the light of a coordinated bid to change end-of-life and assisted suicide laws, pro-euthanasia lobbyists are planning in the UK over the next few weeks.
June 16, 2012 • 10:06 am 0
It’s Father’s Day in the UK tomorrow and we’ll be thinking about holy fatherhood tomorrow morning from Ephesians 6:4 and Colossians 3:21. In his post here, Glenn Stanton picks up on Lewis’ words that because our God is a Father, fatherhood is at the core of the universe. What are the implications of our God, the Eternal Father? Stanton says this means
that the universe is not a dark, empty, impersonal place. Just the opposite. At its core, it is an overwhelmingly warm, relational, personal place. This explains why broken and unhealthy relationships, loneliness, and abandonment are among the most painful of human experiences.
God’s essential Fatherhood also means the devil
loathes our fathers and those of us who are fathers. He recognizes fatherhood’s power. He recognizes each earthly father’s iconic nature. He realizes the pain it causes God and his image-bearing creatures when fatherhood is corrupted. And this delights our mortal enemy.
It’s worth reading the whole article, whether you are a father or not.
June 14, 2012 • 9:05 am 0
Earlier this week I pointed to the series of blog posts on gospel centred men’s ministries that the Good Book Company are currently running.
Today they list and explain five steps to take for initiating successful gospel shaped men’s ministries within the church. Clearly a lot of these are transferable to any ministry.
They then list the generic objectives that should underly any men’s ministry. None of this is rocket science but its always helpful to have these things in view.
June 12, 2012 • 4:15 pm 0
You’ll find 10 helpful tips for going to church with your family below and they are explained more over here.
The only thing I’d quibble with is the working out of No. 6 – Stay until the end. That’s fine but I think we can do better than merely opting to district children with toys and books while the adults talk or serve. That makes church look as if it is an adult only activity. Better to involve the little people as well, before, during and after our gathered worship. And here’s a link to a great resource to help think about how to do that.
1. Go every Sunday
2. Go with joy and expectation
3 Arrive on time
4. Pray as a family before you arrive
5. Treat church as an extended family gathering
6. Stay until the end
7. Speak well of church
8. Receive the word with thankfulness
9. Look for new people and people with needs
10. Thank your minister