(November 20, 2017) Dr Jim McClure respected theologian, continues his series on selected Greek words…
Today we hear a lot about ‘fake news’ – that is, the printing and spreading of false news. Newspapers and broadcasting media are the main culprits in propagating it often under the pretext as unbiased reporting.
‘Fake news’ is lies! Unfortunately many people accept without question what the media report states and then pass it on as fact!
Truth appears to be at a premium today. Politicians seem barefaced in making election promises that they have no intention to keep. American comedian Bill Murray has commented, ‘If we lie to the government, it’s a felony. But if they lie to us, it’s politics.’
In the same-sex marriage and gender arguments lies are trotted out with such strongly apparent conviction that they are widely accepted as truth, while truth is characterised as intolerance!
Reality is often distorted by using words and phrases that are deliberately designed to accomplish a desired emotional reaction
One of the most profound questions ever asked was by Pilate when he enquired, ‘What is truth?’ at Jesus’ trial (John 18:38). The irony is that he asked the question of the one who claimed to be the truth (John 14:6)! (more…)
(December 12, 2016) Dr Jim McClure, esteemed theologian, brings a Christmas reflection …
How often Christians have been mockingly dismissed as ‘people who believe in the invisible man upstairs.’
The implication, obviously, is that because God cannot be seen, He therefore does not exist! Apart from being patently false, the comment reflects not only an arrogance but also an ignorance of considered reflection. (more…)
August 6, 2016 – Robert and Maureen McQuillan challenge both ministers and churchgoers…
Recently we’ve heard Christians comment that they feel God is giving them, their church, our nation, America and the world a wake-up call. Wake-up calls are meant to be acted on!
Decades ago, English bandleader Billy Cotton was particularly known for his rousing catchphrase intro to his BBC radio and television shows – ‘Wakey, Wake-aaaay! ’
A London choirboy, Cotton was awake to living life. Not yet 19 he had seen action in World War 1, become a pilot, worked at several jobs and commenced his own orchestra (even though he couldn’t play an instrument or read a word of music).
Billy Cotton went on to become a boxer and a racing driver and lived life to the full. His was a life regarded as ‘a life less ordinary.’
This first August Encouragement article is a wakey,wake-aaaay call to both ministers and churchgoers!
Don’t miss out Paul encouraged Jesus’ followers not to miss out on life: ‘So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded’ (1 Thes. 5:6NLT). (more…)