growing in Christ in a time of isolation: bearing fruit

[musings from the manse – 2nd May 2020] What does it mean to grow in Christ?  Well, one of the metaphors used in the bible is that of bearing fruit and still God looks for us to bear fruit in our lives as his followers today. Jesus often talks in terms of bearing fruit. In the Sermon on the Mount he contrasts those who are in the kingdom bearing good fruit and those outside the kingdom bearing bad fruit (Matthew 7:17). And that a good tree will be recognised by good fruit (Matthew 12:33...
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sharing Jesus in a time of isolation

[musings from the manse – 25th April 2020] “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” (Matthew 28:19-20a) How do you go and share Jesus when your opportunities to go have been curtailed by lockdown? Well, I don’t think the great commission has been suspended, not even the government has the power to do that. But I also don’t think it me...
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“taste and see”

[musings from the manse – 23rd April 2020] “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8) This is one of those verses from the bible which many people may know the first part of, but do not know the second half. However, as in most of the Psalms, the verses have sentences with different halves; halves mirroring each other in some way to amplify the meaning. We tend use the words “taste and see that the Lord is good” as an invitation to p...
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times of refreshment

[musings from the manse – 18th April 2020]   “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Act 3:19) I was reading something where this verse was highlighted, and I realised I had never really noticed it before. It is buried in the midst of one of Peter’s sermon’s in the early chapters of Acts, but it never stuck in my mind. (Just goes to show that all those wonderfully-crafted words that I preach must just pass...
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the strange silence of Saturday

[musings from the manse – 11th April 2020] What do we do about that strange day stuck between Good Friday and Easter Sunday?  We’re not even all that sure what to call it. It’s not Easter Saturday because Easter doesn’t happen until the next day. I suppose Easter Eve is appropriate, but that makes it sounds a bit Christmassy. Holy Saturday makes it sounds all very … well, very holy. When actually it is a day that we don’t really know what to do with. Do we just treat it like we do any oth...
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