Posts by Chris Jolliffe

Posts by Chris Jolliffe

Let’s Talk About Love

In 1 John 4, we read, ‘God is love’, and as a result we are told, ‘Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God’. We have a Heavenly Father who is love, and the love we have in us comes from him. Indeed, it is our desire to love which makes the current same-sex marriage debate so problematic. Here’s where things stand for many of us: We regret that the…

Being Transformed By Prayer

How quickly we can rattle through our prayers! ‘Our Father in heaven … for ever and ever, amen.’ ‘Excellent,’ we think, ‘Done that’. But this will not do. Before winter I swam laps at the pool, using the time to pray one line of the Lord’s Prayer per lap. It was only through slowing down as I prayed that I saw what I’d been missing by galloping over the words. I was…

How To Teach Generosity

How refreshing it is to be treated with astounding generosity! How liberating it is to be generous ourselves! Today we think about generosity as an aspect of discipleship. But, if you’re like me, we all need help with this. How is it taught? Jesus told his disciples to teach his other followers to be generous. This was part of his great commission to his disciples…

Three Reasons To Follow Jesus

At the heart of who we are is not our membership to a church (though church is essential), nor commitment to a way of life (though how we live matters to God), nor even a set of beliefs (though these are fundamental), but devotion to a person—to Jesus Christ. People first became Jesus’ disciples when he called them to follow him. And they did. They weren’t following a…

Christians Are People Of Praise

Christians are people of praise. We always have been—although we don’t have a monopoly on praise. C.S. Lewis, the Christian writer, said, The world rings with praise—readers praising their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favourite game. C.S. Lewis But Christians are always a people of praise because—through Christ—we know the one…