Browsing Archive: December, 2012

Loving the imperfect church - Part II

Posted by Steve Ridgeway on Wednesday, December 19, 2012,

In the first part of this article we were introduced to Sal, a fictional character whose recent experiences led to her becoming deeply disaffected with the local church. We also saw how many Christians have shared her pain and at times wondered whether it might be easier to leave rather than love the imperfect Church. We went on to suggest a few things it would be useful for people like Sal to hear as they come to terms with life in the imperfect church. Amongst other things we saw that the l...


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Loving the imperfect church - Part I

Posted by Steve Ridgeway on Wednesday, December 19, 2012,

Attending the local evangelical church had been a revelation to Sal. Brought up in a one-parent home with an agnostic mother, and brothers who were self-confessed atheists, it had been a new world to her. What struck her first - before anything the preacher said - was the people's warmth. Unlike other people she'd known, these Christians were unconditionally kind and accepting. At first this made her suspicious: what were they after? Eventually she realised their love was sincere and then she...


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What's so good about Christmas?

Posted by Steve Ridgeway on Wednesday, December 19, 2012,

How do you picture the birth of Jesus? Would you have wanted to be there? Do you imagine it was a serene occasion full of uninterrupted delight and laughter? Most of us would probably like to think so. But the author of Luke’s gospel tells us otherwise. He records that, for one of the key characters in the original Christmas story, the events surrounding the birth of Jesus were deeply traumatic! 

 

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, be...


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Single Minded

Posted by Steve Ridgeway on Monday, December 17, 2012,

Not that long ago someone asked me what Christians can do in order to integrate single people into the life of the local church more easily. But, after thinking about this matter for a while, I came to see that the basic thrust of this question is unhelpful. This is because, in its initial form, it assumes that making singles feel included in Christ's body is naturally hard. Yet as I study the Bible I am convinced that this shouldn't be the case. However, I do believe we can make it needlessl...


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