The first letter of Peter in the New Testament is addressed to Christians scattered across Asia Minor in the first century after Christ. It is a practical manual on how to survive persecution. We live very different lives to believers back then, but we, too, could soon face more active opposition.
One day, while driving across the western plains of New South Wales in the mid-summer, we were suddenly caught in the most terrific storm. It seemed to come from the smallest of clouds, yet it blew a gale and pelted horizontal hail and rain at us.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ during coming Christmas and New Year. 2020 has been a complex, confusing and sometimes difficult year. Our reactions have been equally mixed – fear, frustration, anger, relief, grief, selfishness, pride, joy and disappointment, among others…. Read more
That’s what a wealthy businessman and church member told me as he spoke of the personal cost of keeping his company afloat. In order to operate he needed to obtain sensitive environmental permits, which had drawn him into immorality and high-level corruption.