Category Archives: Future

What does God want you to do?

So we’ve looked at whether God has a plan for your life, and whether he sees or even sets the future. Let’s get right down to the practical nitty-gritty. What does God actually want us to do? Now I’m not … Continue reading

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Does God know the future?

This follows on from the last piece on whether God has a ‘perfect plan for our lives’. Part of how we answer that depends on another question – how much of the future does God know? How much has he … Continue reading

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Does God have a Perfect Plan For Your Life?

While we’re still in the first flush of the New Year, making plans with the blank page of the future open before us, it’s maybe worth considering this question. It’s become a kind of evangelical evangelistic cliché: ‘God loves you … Continue reading

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New Year – so what?

Happy New Year. What does it mean? Another circuit of the Sun (a half billion miles to start again where we’d begun) Three-six-five revolutions, as many broken resolutions, Another cycle of the seasons – Cold and warm, light and dark, … Continue reading

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Life as tragedy and comedy

I didn’t originally intend this as a reflection for Remembrance Sunday, but I happen to be posting it today and it seems strangely appropriate… If all the world is a stage and each of us merely players, what kind of … Continue reading

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The End of the World ISN’T Nigh…

Before getting back to the programme, please can I just set all your minds at rest. The world isn’t going to end this week. It really isn’t. I hereby give you my cast-iron guaranteed on-my-honour promise of that, and you … Continue reading

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Future perfect vs. present imperfect (or two different kinds of real)

We live every day in the complex interplay and flux of two different realities, or kinds of reality. The first is the obvious, everyday here-and-now reality of this physical world; the ‘present imperfect’. It is this current realm in which … Continue reading

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Easter – all’s well that ends well

Easter! The Great Sunrise, the first light of dawn after the longest and darkest night; the first day of spring after the bitterest and most barren winter. The world shines new on Easter morn, a world reborn and renewed. Easter … Continue reading

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It’s the end of the world as we know it – Rapture and ridiculousness

Well, it looks like we’ve all been reprieved – Harold Camping has apparently announced that he was out in his calculations by 5 months. Better repent now while you have the chance, as I’ve no doubt he’ll be proved right … Continue reading

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