At times of great uncertainty, it is very interesting to observe human behaviour. In recent days, as we respond to coronavirus (known as COVID-19), there have been instances of hysteria and panic which have resulted in stock-piling certain goods. For those who have reacted in a more measured way, it is difficult to escape an undercurrent of anxiety and tension.
One of the most revealing things about the reaction is how well people can prepare when they sense trouble ahead which is one of the most bewildering parts of our culture – how can society spring into such a focussed attitude of preparedness in response to the prospect of being… Continue reading
Transgenderism (along with other LGBTQ+ issues) has become a complex and emotive issue in recent years. Also known as transsexualism, gender dysphoria and gender identity disorder (GID), it describes a condition where the physical or biological gender that someone is born into does not match the gender that the person identifies with or perceives themselves to be.
In an effort to accommodate this conceptually, it is now suggested that gender is simply a ‘social construct’ or that gender is fluid and changeable – this has led to the notion that we can simply identify as whichever gender we choose. Gender reassignment often involves far more than just changing name… Continue reading
Our news screens are presently dominated by the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus which has inevitably led to significant alarm and a degree of hysteria. The Express newspaper have (playfully!) highlighted the link that some bible commentators are making between coronavirus and end time prophecy.
One of the Bible references that are commonly cited is an interesting one:
When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill… Continue reading
Richard Bamford recently gave a great exposition on the life of Samson in a sermon at St Andrew’s Baptist Church. Samson is an interesting Old Testament character – his flaws are obvious and it can be a frustrating read as he seems unable to overcome his weaknesses despite being given such an amazing gift of physical power from God. Despite this, his name appears in the ‘hall of fame’ that can be found in Hebrews 11.
We encourage you to listen to this message – Richard draws out some great observations and relates them skillfully to the church today and our own spiritual condition.
Within Christian circles, there is sometimes a fierce debate about the timing of the rapture of the Church and where this fits into biblical eschatology.
We believe an understanding of the purpose of the rapture is a key part of understanding the end time timeline. As far as we can tell, the rapture is God’s method of withdrawing his faithful Church from a unique and time of terrible judgment known as the Great Tribulation. There are several patterns of this throughout Scripture where God works in this way such as with the accounts of Noah, Rahab and Lot. God removes his faithful before he displays his wrath – they were… Continue reading
The ‘Doomsday Clock’ has recently been moved to 100 seconds to midnight. This clock, which is designed to warn the public about how close we are to destroying the world with dangerous technologies of our own making, is the closest to midnight it’s been since creation in 1947 as the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board aim to raise awareness of existential dangers threatening humanity. Their statement explains: “Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond. The international security situation is dire, not just because these threats exist, but because… Continue reading
It’s certainly been a turbulent start to 2020! With the assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani only a few days into the new year, the world has been on high alert for many nations being dragged into war. Since then, Iran has retaliated with a missile strike on Iraqi military bases that house U.S. forces. Although this didn’t result in any casualties, fears grow that this could escalate very quickly and only heightens rumours that a major war is not far away. This is symptomatic of Jesus’ warning of what the world will be like before his return as we know Iran is an end time key player.
You… Continue reading