Wednesday, 24 May 2006

Strangely Warmed Harte

I just wanted to wish you lovely reader(?s) a very happy Aldersgate Day.

Yes, I know I'm a bit sad in this respect! And I'm not going to elevate John Wesley to some sort of sainthood or divinity! But as a man who tried his best to follow Jesus he offers us an example - some traits worth examining, others best to avoid...

The main thing about Aldersgate Day for me is that it reminds me that Christianity is a religion of the heart. Yes, there are things to learn and know, but unless we feel that God is at work in our lives it can be a pretty dry experience. If today, like me, you feel that you're not being a particularly good Christian - EXCELLENT! We're in good company. Good 'ole JW discovered on this day that there's nothing we can do to make God love us more: when we are in Christ we can be sure that God has saved us and is saving us, what we do doesn't count. YES - you're going to Heaven. YES - you can know life in its completeness now.

Today is a day to receive grace.

If you'd like to read a bit more have a look here.
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Wednesday, 10 May 2006

Ashamed to be a Protestant?

There are times when I wish I could disown my community. I am ashamed that anyone should even be chased down a road for not being 'one of us', never mind what happened to Michael McIlveen in Ballymena.

It's just wrong. And if the people who did it reckon they were doing it for 'my side' then I don't want to be on that side anymore. Let me have the real Jesus, the Prince of Peace and ultimate example of reconciling love, who longs for relationship with me and amongst the peoples, as revealed in the Bible. It's time for Protestants to reform again. And to call themselves Christian.