The Manchester concert bombing happened this week, and brought home what happens elswhere daily - in this same week, a bus full of Coptic Christians was killed in Egypt. In a world such as this, how can we live with confidence in Christ?
The Christian faith is a marginal interest for most people today. To God's people, our society is in many respects a foreign country. How do we live faithfully? We get some clues from Daniel and his companions' faithfulness in Babylon.
When the centurion heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, 'Surely this man was the Son of God!' Why was a pagan professional killer the first person to make this confession? And what does this mean for our own lives?
An all age worship service thinking about transformation, including the transformation God brings about. The audio combines a number of mini-talks. We read Luke 19:1-10, Romans 12:1-21, and Matthew 5:13-16.
Mark's account of Jesus' crucifixion prompts us to remind ourselves why Jesus had to suffer and die, and what the cross means to us. We explore some of the images used in scripture to capture what happened on the cross.
Jesus' disciples did not just abandon their Lord when he was arrested: Mark subtly makes clear they abandoned their discipleship. Yet after Good Friday and Easter Sunday, they were restored, redeemed, forgiven, and empowered. That grace and power is still alive with us today.
Mark's account of the Lord's Supper underlines that Jesus went to the cross not for those who are worthy of his sacrifice, but for those who are not. Those among us who struggle to enter into the new life Jesus purchased for us need to hear the 'Yes' spoken by the Father in the resurrection, and still spoken today.