This image distresses me. (more…)
A very exciting collaborative team, including quality film-makers and screen-writers, have now gathered around this project.
We paused on the filming of The Bothy Sessions a couple of weeks ago sensing that there was more in the Lord’s heart about this than just a cool book review/response.
There’s a much-needed, wider conversation about the unique mental health challenges for the Christian, and this is now going to be shot in early August 2018. It’s a humbling undertaking.
In the meantime, if you’re interested, please drop me a line with any questions and – for a little taster – here’s a little more context for you:
We’re excited to introduce you to the new Counterfeit Vlog – a collaboration of Firebrand Notes and Sanity’s Cove.
A prophetic call in the midst of darkness isn’t going to sound like a wood pigeon cooing in the trees; it will sound like a foghorn reaching into the wildest oceans:
Averted disaster vs. placated slumber.
Our longing is to glorify the Name of Jesus and to save as many from error as possible.
As Psalm 85:10 says, the kingdom of heaven – like a King who prepared a wedding banquet for His Son – is the perfect marriage of Love and Truth.
Just as John the Baptist cried in the wilderness with a message for the people of God, confronting and comforting every fake kingdom on Earth, so we pray that this resource wakens us all increasingly to the beauty of Jesus.
As Edinburgh’s Thomas Chalmers put it in the 19th Century,
The expulsive power of a new affection
We feel like it’s a good thing to honestly review Christian lifestyle. It shouldn’t be an offence to us to do that or to suggest that others do as well. (more…)
I bumped in to a neighbour today out on the street on the way home from work. He’s an Iraqi Muslim who’s lived in Scotland for probably longer than I’ve been alive, has a wife and children and grand-children. He’s such a great guy…so gentle and willing to genuinely discuss and talk about loving God. We stood in the street for just fifteen minutes or so but for the whole time we talked about the Bible (like, “oh what’s your new job, Nick? What does Bible Advocacy mean? etc etc) about faith and about Western/Eastern world views that influence spirituality.
It was awesome.
Then, as I sensed the conversation shifting, I felt like I needed to just emphasise the Father.
Just for the moment, forgetting the state of the world, the mutual exclusivity of the Bible/Qu’ran, Trump, North Korea, terrorism, unbelief riddling the Nations, the cesspit of false teaching in the church, blind “leaders” leading others like sheep to the slaughter, societal obsessions about so-called gay marriage and mirages of equality and inclusion and counterfeit love….just for the moment let’s just talk about Him.
So, I said that to him… (more…)
I love thinking about Jesus. Because His name is inextricably linked with infinite, creative power, even my thoughts about Him hold potential to change my heart. Indeed, the epic hymn Be Thy My Vision exclaims,
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night…
So, settling down with the Bible in hand and regularly spending time soaking in Jesus’ gospel stories – His words, actions, thoughts, prayers – is the best thing you’ll ever do.
He Could Not Be Hidden
But there’s one moment in the life of Jesus that has always left me particularly confused. (more…)
I write a lot. I actually write an average of thee blog articles every week including for several online magazines. This means that I can occasionally lapse into carelessness when it comes to forming ideas, concepts and sentences; or rush and take the proverbial half-baked loaf out of the blog oven before a post is really ready to be read.
So, I am deliberately approaching this article with a heightened sense of care for fear of upsetting, offending or being misunderstood, and from a sincere desire to help us all in these dark days. (more…)
The Need For Learning
The early church exploded from a small group of misfit disciples into the most dynamic and cohesive movement within the Roman empire in just three hundred years. They were the new kids on the block and they were taking over the place. One early critic was claiming that they had ‘turned the world upside down’ (Acts 17.6).
In seeking to cultivate a lifestyle that is truly ready for Jesus’ second coming, directed by His Sermon on the Mount, we could contribute their success to a few factors:
They were courageous. They witnessed that Jesus was Lord in the face of persecution.
They prayed. Without much money, celebrities, or smoke machines, they relied on the power of God.
They were alternative. They preached a fiercely counter cultural message against both sexual immorality and greed. They lived chaste lives and gave freely to the poor.