October 6, 2013
Matt Waldron is the Pastor of the Three Crosses Church in Bateman
September 29, 2013
Paul is in prison, his chances of survival are unclear, but his words are profound and stirring. What enables him to flourish so when his world has basically gone to custard? How can his words help us when you world falls apart?
September 22, 2013
While expectations placed on us by others is one thing, the capacity for us to trust in our own performance is quite another. Paul had every reason to be confident: he had industrial strength spirituality. What was it worth? Pretty much a pinch of the proverbial… So, where does our confidence before God really lie?
September 15, 2013
…not even on a leash. What is Paul talking about here? What is this reference to mutilators of the flesh? And circumcision? How easily expectations and traditions become our security. Our idol. The ‘dogs’ of Paul’s day mutilated people’s bodies in them name of religion. Today’s ‘dogs’ do worse: they are messing with people’s souls.
September 8, 2013
More often than not, we’re a little cautious about affirming people publicly. They get embarrassed, and we always talk about ‘putting people on a pedestal’. They may be an issue in some places, but it’s not often something we’ve seen too much of in our neck of the woods. Paul doesn’t seem to have those […]
August 18, 2013
There’s a bit of a riddle here as to precisely how these verses connect with what has gone before. Part of the answer will be that the servant/king rules in the hearts of those who bow the knee now, and he works in them so they fulfil his purposes. There is great comfort in knowing […]
August 4, 2013
While there is much about or lives and our world which is far from good, and much opposition to the Kingdom, there is a sheer inevitability that Jesus, being Lord, will bring all things to that one great day when every knee will bow. We do not need to make Jesus King. He already is. […]
August 1, 2013
In the midst of all the mockery and torment, there is a brief moment where the truth of the situation is revealed through one of the thieves. It was certainly correct for him to say ‘This man has done nothing wrong’ – and yet, if that is true, why is Jesus on the Cross? Why […]
July 27, 2013
Jesus counted all his heavenly glory as nothing (not: ‘gave up his divinity’). What Jesus did runs counter to every fallen human desire and inclination. It shows us the sheer magnitude of Jesus’ desire to save: would the son of God do this for me? Was I so bad that he needed to do this? […]
July 14, 2013
Psalm 103 is a hymn of praise, celebrating the abundant goodness, and love of the Lord for His people. When God wants to communicate His love for His people, He refers to them as his children (Ex 4:22-23, Israel His “firstborn son”) and Himself as their loving father (Prov 3:12). No earthly father loves like God, our Father. Our […]