"The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder." GK Chesterton David had no want of wonder. He marveled at the splendor of creation and loved the Creator all the more for it. What can we learn from Israel's greatest psalmist about enchantment in a disenchanted age?
It is easy to exaggerate David; he was (and is) a charismatic figure, who very quickly looms larger than life in the eyes of his admirers. Michelangelo sculpted in marble what most Christians have carved in their imaginations, a flawless David. But the biblical text does not give us a flawless David. It is absolutely essential that we acquire a sense of our common God-created, Jesus-saved, and Spirit-blessed selves that is unedited, unabridged, and unblinking. These final episodes in the David story ensures we get the whole story - of him and of us.
The concept of sin has become quite controversial in contemporary culture. Not only has it been misunderstood, but also misused by many. On Sunday morning we will look how a Scriptural view of sin helps us to live the life we were always meant to live.
People are often surprised at how sinful Biblical “heroes” are. Even King David, 'a man after God's own heart', commits a truly vile sin. Although David's spiritual destruction is infamous and there for all to see, the story doesn't end there.
We often think of Jesus only as the man who was born in Bethlehem. We might even think that He only started to exist at His birth. However, in some portion of Scripture we are confronted with the Jesus before the manger as well. A clear example in the New Testament is John 1. Join us on Sunday as we encounter the Jesus who was before the manger, and Who is after the manger as well.
- Chances are that you know someone named after him - Even the most biblical illiterate has heard of a fight he had with a giant - A guy called Michelangelo carved him - Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen sang about him But do you really know his story? More importantly, do you know what it means? Join us for this series as we track the fascinating life of David.
The lock-down enforced a nation-wide, in fact, a global fast of consumerism and has left us with a more acute sense of the things we need and desire. It seems that we can actually get by with a lot less and yet somehow we exist with a communal, chronic dissatisfaction. Whether it be material objects, a partner, a job or even social and political aspirations, we are constantly encouraged to aim for more. There is this nagging feeling that if I can just get (fill in the blank) it will be enough, yet any lasting sense of satisfaction remains illusive. The Bible however views contentment, not as a destination, but a habit which develops as we practice the Way of Jesus.