Cypriot Bichrome Pottery. It seems like an unnecessary technical term, and it is hard to imagine why it might be important. But many have claimed that it can be used to prove that the Old Testament is not historically accurate. What is Cypriot Bichrome Pottery, you might ask? It is a type of pottery made in Cyprus (Cypriot) with a distinct two-color (bi-chrome) style. This pottery was all the rage around the time that the Bible says that the Israelites conquered the Promised Land. In fact, Cypriot Bichrome Pottery was so popular among the wealthy, that archaeologists look for it as a key way of telling whether a city was active in this time period. Cypriot Bichrome Pottery then was like Nike apparel or Apple devices are today. So,
What John Stott Did Every Morning What is your morning routine? What are the first few things you do when you get out of bed in the morning? Maybe you get up early and retreat to a quiet spot to spend some time reading your Bible and in prayer. It might be that you have to jump straight into the day; get dressed, eat breakfast, make lunches, and so on. Maybe you’re at a different stage of life and you can go at a somewhat slower pace. Apparently, John Stott (1921–2011), world-renowned church leader, author, and Bible teacher, would do the same thing each and every morning when he woke up; he would pray the following prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your
Gratitude and Lament I’m really looking forward to gathering together this Sunday. Of course, I look forward to every Sunday, but this week we have a little something extra planned. We will not only—as we always do—sing to our God, come before Him in prayer, open up His word, and encourage one another. We will also pray for our leaders, hear where God is leading us this year, find out about ministries that are kicking off, have an opportunity to sign up to serve, and then celebrate together at our ‘Summer Party’ after the service with a sausage sizzle, ice-cream, face painting and games for the whole family. That’s a whole lot of good things packed into one Sunday! I hope to see you there. Not to mention the
Story Behind the Song: ‘10,000 Reasons’ What does it look like to ‘bless someone, with all that is within you?’ It’s a rhetorical question, but one that I consider when I read Psalm 103. ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!’ (Psalm 103:1). God alone is worthy of such praise. That is what the Psalmist, David, means when he said ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul’. He is telling himself to bless (praise) the Lord, with all that is within Him! It is this beautiful Psalm that we are exploring this week in the sermon, which also inspired the song ‘10,000 Reasons’ by Matt Redman that we will be singing in our services. The story behind the song, ‘10,000 Reasons’,
The Humanness of Jesus Recently I was reading through the Gospels (the accounts of Jesus’ life), and I was struck by the humanity of Jesus. I was reading these verses, ‘John’s disciples came and took his body (i.e. John the Baptist’s body) and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus. When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place…’ (Matthew 14:12-13). Did you take that in? When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place…’. What struck me was Jesus’ desire to get away when he heard the news. It’s as if he felt the need to take a break in that moment from whatever he was doing, and simply process this loss. I think Jesus
Resources to Help You Read and Know the Bible Do you want to read the Bible, but find it a struggle? Do you long to hear from God, but when you actually journey into God’s word you find yourself feeling confused or uncertain about its application or relevance? Don’t worry, you’re not alone and your experience is not uncommon. Though all Christians would recognise the value and importance of God’s word, if we’re honest we’d admit that there are times we don’t give it the place or prominence in our lives that it deserves. Sometimes life feels too busy, sometimes the Bible just doesn’t make sense to us, sometimes we think we already know the gist and we get bored. Whatever the reason, the start of a new year
2020 Resolutions We are literally only a few days away from a new year and a new decade! And it got me thinking about new year resolutions. I’ve got to be honest, I don’t usually get on the ‘resolution train’. I’m not naturally a planner, and I’m most comfortable when I’m just “going with the flow”. My wife Michanne finds it baffling how unconscious I am of the future. She lives and operates with the next 2 weeks in mind (sometimes even the next 2 years!). Whereas, I live with the next day in mind (at most!) and rely heavily on calendars and my wife’s planning tips! With all this being said, I did think about what my resolution or goal would be if I had to make one.
Five Books I Enjoyed in 2019 Around this time last year, I shared with you some of the books that I enjoyed reading during the year. Since a number of people expressed their appreciation for that list and since I read some great books again in 2019, I thought I’d do the same this year. I understand that not all of us are readers and that the busyness of life can squeeze out the time required for reading. I also understand that the sheer number of Christian books on the market can be overwhelming and make it difficult to know where to begin. But I am thoroughly convinced of the importance of reading for a Christian and I have found the following books thoroughly enjoyable and helpful, and I