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Remembering

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And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." (Luke 22:19 NIV)

I'm writing this the day after we were watching the moving events remembering the Aberfan disaster. In November we will remember a failed attempt to blow up Parliament and those who have died and been injured in war. Over the last few years, we've especially remembered the events of World War I, as it is now 100 years ago. As human beings we remember. We re
member the tragedies and the triumphs, the sadnesses and the joys.

In the Bible we find that God has created and commanded us to remember. The Jewish people celebrated the Passover, remembering the death of the sacrificial Passover lamb and God's great rescue from Egypt (Exodus 12:43-51). The Christian celebrates the Lord's Supper. Jesus commanded us to “do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19 NIV). Again, this is remembering the act of God, to rescue …

Only One Way

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Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NIV)

A couple of weeks ago, as I was listening to the chanting of the prayers from the local mosque as they celebrated Eid al-Adha, I was reminded again that the areas in which we meet together, are areas where many people don't trust Jesus as the way to God. Of course, that was true in the majority white British area where I used to live in Blackburn. I suspect the majority of people there didn't think much, if at all, about God.

That brings us to one of the most famous verses in the Bible. Jesus has told the disciples he is about to leave and prepare a place for them in his Father's house (heaven), but they're scared that they won't find the way there. Jesus announces, straightforwardly, that he is the way. If you want to go to the Father and his house then Jesus is the way. In fact he's the only way – no-one can know God the Father without …

The Uncomfortable Truth of Sin

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For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23 NIV)

In a recent Sunday sermon I was talking briefly about sin and realised what an alien concept the idea of sin is in 21st Century Britain. Even back in the 1970s the American psychiatrist Karl Menninger was able to write a book entitled Whatever Became of Sin? I suspect we are now much further down the path of the side-lining of sin.

The Bible, however, is straight-forward on the subject as we see in this one short sentence from Paul in Romans 3. Up to this point in Romans, Paul has concluded that both Gentiles (non-Jews) and Jews have sinned. Sin in these chapters is seen particularly as breaking the law of God whether, like the Jew, you knew the law because you had the Old Testament (Romans 2:27), or whether, like the Gentile, that law is innately known (Romans 2:14-15). Now if to talk of sin is alien, I suspect to talk of the law of God is even more alien. But the truth is that as the Creator and Ruler of the w…