Four bad reasons to be kind to other people

Four bad reasons to be kind to other people

Rawpixel/Unsplash.com Why are you kind? Why do you serve and demonstrate love to other people? Of course, the ‘right’ answer – certainly if you’re a Christian – is that as follower of Christ you simply want to replicate his example. And even if you’re not, there are definitely times when you decide to act kindly just because you want to be kind – because you’re a nice person. If we’re really honest though, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, our motives for being kind to other people are a little more mixed than that. It seems to me that there are a number of other possible reasons behind our desire to serve others. And while none of these reasons prevent good works from being accomplished, or people from benefitting from kind acts, they’re not actually the type of kindness that Jesus calls us to in the gospels. In...Read more
How a key that could have saved the Titanic is still funding a Christian charity’s work at sea

How a key that could have saved the Titanic is still funding a Christian charity’s work at sea

The RMS Titanic leaving the port at Southampton Proceeds from the sale a decade ago of a small iron key that is believed to have secured the binoculars for the Titanic’s crow’s nest are still helping to fund the education programme for the international Christian maritime charity Sailors’ Society. Ten years ago on Friday (September 22), the key, which had been accidentally taken off the ship before it sailed, sold for £90,000 at an auction in Wiltshire. In an inquiry after the Titanic sank in 1912, one of the lookouts said that he could have prevented it from hitting the iceberg, had the binoculars not been left locked away. The Sailors’ Society received the key as a donation in the 1980s, and sold it to a Chinese businessman in 2007. Now, the proceeds from the sale of the key are still helping to fund its education programme. Sailors’ Society CEO...Read more
Stand firm and meet your threshold moment: What Moses’ advice means today

Stand firm and meet your threshold moment: What Moses’ advice means today

The seventh and final Haftorah of Consolation before Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) is Nitzavim (aligned to the Torah reading, Deuteronomy 29: 9-17, 30). Moses is now 120 years old. He knows he is approaching death and that he will not be entering the Promised Land. He has done all the donkey work, got the Children of Israel into shape, encouraged and cajoled them on their journey of Exodus from Egypt to this pivotal moment – and then, at the last hurdle when he hands the reins of leadership to Joshua, what does he say? This week marks the threshold of a new year in the Jewish calendar.Pixabay ‘Today you are standing firm, all of you, before the Lord your G-d.’ Why ‘all of you’? Isn’t the phrase redundant? But what Moses is telling the Children of Israel is that this is a threshold moment for the entire world. This moment is not just for their own...Read more
‘Reaching the unreached’ – and other phrases guaranteed to alienate your community

‘Reaching the unreached’ – and other phrases guaranteed to alienate your community

A newly-refurbished church near where I live has just had new signage done, in an effort to engage and draw in passers-by. They’ve got so much about it right: the colours aren’t too garish, the type is clear; they’ve even managed to avoid the use of Comic Sans. The only real problem is the wording of the sign itself, which loudly proclaims the church’s apparent mission statement. The slightly archaic church name is followed by six excruciatingly out-of-touch words which are presumably designed to entice and enthral, but actually do anything but: ‘reaching the unreached of our community’. Pixabay I can imagine that in the church planning meeting that decided this wording, the sign sounded like a great idea. Among a group of church folk, entirely literate in the strangeness of Christian jargon, this was a fine description of what the congregation aims...Read more
Evangelist and best-selling author Nabeel Qureshi dies of cancer at the age of just 34

Evangelist and best-selling author Nabeel Qureshi dies of cancer at the age of just 34

Nabeel Qureshi photographed at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics Ruth Gledhill Nabeel Qureshi, the best-selling author and Christian apologist who was a convert from Islam, has died of cancer. He was just 34 years old. He was diagnosed a year ago when he was given a very low chance of survival. His faith remained steadfast throughout the ordeal that followed. ‘Today, September 16, our dear brother in Christ Nabeel Qureshi went to be with the Lord following a year-long battle with cancer. We received this news with deep sadness and yet profound hope, confident that he is finally and fully healed in the presence of his Savior,’ Ravi Zacharias International Ministries posted. ‘Please join the RZIM team in praying for Nabeel’s wife, Michelle, and his daughter, Ayah, as well as for his parents and extended family. We know this is Nabeel’s gain,...Read more

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