GOD FRUSTRATES PEOPLE

This brings us to the next principle – frustration.  God uses frustration to get a person’s attention.   It is said of one of the famous composers that he had a rebellious son who used to come in late at night after his father and mother had gone to bed. And before going to his … Read more

HEDGING YOUR BETS

There is an idiom of ‘hedging your bets’. If you were a gambler or an investor, you would be careful not to put all your money into one place. You would also place bets on other options or diversify your investments to reduce the risk of losing everything.   If you hedge your bets, you … Read more

LOVING WITH A BROKEN HEART

In our congregation, there are many people of faith that are married to or have family members that are not believers. Over the years, I have watched countless spouses and parents try to make bargains with the family member, bargain with God or try to do the work of the Holy Spirit in getting their … Read more

NOT FORSAKEN

We may not have our families intact or know how to handle the suffering we experience; but the Cross only makes sense for the joy of coming resurrection and the sacrificial love that reconciles all things. It is the family value of the Godhead to endure, to suffer and to look ahead to what will … Read more

THE CRUCIFORM FAMILY

  At the centre of understanding God we find the cross. The Godhead is a cruciform family, meaning that their essence is best understood here.   If we look at the crucifixion primarily for the horror and unintelligible suffering that it is, we will miss the fullness of what is really happening. Yes, there is … Read more

CLARITY AT A MUDDY RIVER

Something that most parents want is to see their adult children successfully launch. When they are young, defenceless and needing your direction the child is a dependent. What we hope for is that they will first gain their adult independence. Once that happens, we would like for them to be interdependent. We want to help … Read more

THE GODHEAD IS A FAMILY

  So how do you measure the healthiness of your own family experience? What is the line between functional and dysfunctional? What are the best ways to prevent divorce and estrangement?   If we are going to improve, we need to understand what the ideal is. What values of family are deeper than your culture … Read more

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