The Hope of Glory
March 6th, 2021
Biblical hope is very different from natural hope. Natural hope is the optimistic wish for a particular event within the realm of possibility. Biblical hope is the joyful, confident anticipation of so...  Read More
by Tom Jackson
Living Hope
February 27th, 2021
When we lived in Ukraine, part of the difficulty was the lack of predictability, especially around shopping. We simply did not know when what might be available. And so something like a grocery list b...  Read More
by Tom Jackson
Promises, Oaths, Anchors, and Priests
February 21st, 2021
In I Corinthians 13.13, the apostle Paul writes that ‘So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love’.We know that we are saved by God’s grace, through faith, and s...  Read More
by Tom Jackson
More than a name
February 13th, 2021
One of the fun things about being a parent is the ability to name a child. But it can be a bit daunting as you begin to realise this little person is going to have to live with this name for the rest ...  Read More
by Tom Jackson
El Shaddai - God Almighty
February 6th, 2021
Have you ever wanted to start over? Hit the re-set button? Make a clean break with the past? Once at a summer camp pottery class, I accidentally made an object that looked like a Salvador Dali sculptu...  Read More
by Tom Jackson
Yahweh Jireh - the Lord who Provides
January 30th, 2021
In Genesis chapter 22 we read one of the most poignant stories in the Bible, the episode where God instructs Abraham to do sacrifice Isaac. The difficulty of these chapter occurs on at least three lev...  Read More
by Tom Jackson
El Roi - the God Who Sees
January 23rd, 2021
Have you ever been in a situation where you were taken advantage of – you felt helpless, with nowhere to turn? Have you ever been treated unjustly by your employer even though you were doing your best...  Read More
by Tom Jackson
Yahweh Shalom - God, My Peace
January 16th, 2021
What’s the biggest problem in your life right now? Sometimes, what we perceive to be our main problem is not our biggest problem. Ultimately, the biggest dilemma facing every human is the prospect of ...  Read More
by Tom Jackson
Yahweh - My Lord
January 9th, 2021
Everyone is a theologian. The word theology comes from two Greek words – theos, which means ‘God’, and logos, which means ‘word’. So in its most basic sense, theology is simply words about God. Now, u...  Read More
by Tom Jackson
Learning from Luther\'s Lockdown
January 7th, 2021
So here are. Again. Déjà vu. Lockdown number two. Or is it three – or four? It is all a blur, isn’t it? This time around, rather than wondering, ‘How will we survive this?’, the big question I’m askin...  Read More
by Tom Jackson
Vision for 2021
January 3rd, 2021
As we continue to wade through the uncertainty brought on by coronavirus, even in this new year 2021, how can we dare to think about vision? For me, the 23rd Psalm has provided a helpful scaffolding f...  Read More
by Tom Jackson
Not that, but this: preparing for 2021
December 31st, 2020
Happy New Year! And I really do hope that this new year is a happy, blessed, encouraging year for you. We need it!I have to be honest – it felt really good to type 2021 at the top of this blog, rather...  Read More
by Tom Jackson
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