||Pastoral Passage|| God does not want churches who are preoccupied with themselves, nor does he want Christianity reduced to religiously-motivated social work.
||Article|| The MCU’s 2021 Eternals film presents two conflicting visions of human purpose. Does humanity exist for itself, or for something bigger? Eternals echoes and affirms a popular cultural response to this question.
||Pastoral Passage|| The answers to this question find many parallels when it is asked regarding church gatherings
||Pastoral Passage|| Church life in New Zealand – like that of tourism and hospitality – has been disrupted and constricted these past two years, and it seems now that the times of lockdowns and gathering restrictions have come to an end. The Lord’s response to the despondent Jews at their return from exile also speaks today to church communities who are rebuilding.
||Pastoral Passage|| It is fine to pray for help, thank God or ask his forgiveness. But texts like Colossians 4:12 add something more – prayer in light of God’s promises and purposes, asking him to hasten these things.
||Pastoral Passage|| How has God defined the relationship between himself and humanity?
||Article|| Should we see God’s hand of judgement in COVID-19? The experience of John Owen in the later 1660s suggests we should be cautious about doing so.
Christians in high places can do a lot of good for God’s kingdom, but they can also do a lot of damage. There is a risk that Christians in places of power end up becoming a liability to the gospel.