This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

As the season changes and 2016 draws to a close, and we are at the dawn of 2017, friends, I hear the warning the lord gave to Nineveh through Prophet Nahum (2:1), and the consolation he returned to Israel (2:2) for her years in exile, affliction and shame. 

So tomorrow I will be revisiting our theme for 2016: Our Year of Plenty, (Gen. 41:46-49). And over the next 3 months we will be going into a season of Prayer, Prophetic Declaration, and Thanksgiving. 
For “Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt. 
During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. 
In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.” – Genesis 41:46-49
Join us this Sunday at our new venue.
3pm (light refreshment afterwards)
The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, Kent DA14 6BX

Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

As we close the curtains on the Book of Ruth, my focus will be on the kinsman’s decision not to marry Ruth, which by default meant he was interested in marrying Naomi. 

As well as Deuteronomy 23 which explicitly forbids relationship with Moabites, chances are that the Kinsman also saw through the lenses of retributive justice (Ex.20:6). 

This doctrine was challenged by Ezekiel (18:2), and Jeremiah (31:29), but it still persevered, raising its ugly head in John 9:2, in the incident of the man born blind, where Jesus dealt with it squarely.
Sadly, it still persists today in the shape of ‘generational curses’ which requires further ‘deliverance’, apart from repentance and acceptance of Jesus as Lord of all.

So, the fate of Elimelek’s family would have hinged on the fact that he left for Moab, and that he allowed his sons to marry Moabite women. This being the case, Ruth was bad news. 

But in the spirit of love “which does not seek her own” (1 Cor 13), Boaz stepped-up to the challenge. And in typical fashion, the God who carefully orchestrates everything to “work together for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28) backed him, raising his seed to sit on the throne of Israel, in the persons of David, and ultimately – our lord Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!!!

So join us this Sunday at our new venue as I crystallise this epic Book.

3pm (light refreshment afterwards)

Church Hall

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, Kent DA14 6BX

(Just behind the Morrisons in Sidcup)

We Are Moving Forward!

Dear friends,

It gives me great joy to announce to you that we have secured use of a purpose-built church hall with kitchen facilities in Sidcup for our Sunday services.
So, starting Sunday 2nd October, we will be having services at:
St John The Evangelist

Church Hall,

Church Road,

Sidcup DA14 6BX
3pm – 4:30pm (refreshment afterwards)
This Sunday we will be holding our last service at Bexleyheath Academy, 

Where I will be building on ideas from Ruth chapters 3 & 4. Same time, same room!

“For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.” – Habakkuk 2:3

The Challenge of Our Times

Like the current Brexit debate which hinges on 3 core positions: hard Brexit, soft Brexit and no Brexit; the disciples were faced with similar challenges after the death of our Lord. 

By way of background, Judaism was not originally a missional faith. Converts were meant to be attracted to the faith through the actions of the Jews, and God’s glory in their midst. But during the time of our Lord there was already a missional drive by the Rabbis, hence Jesus’ rebuke to the Pharisees (Matthew 23:15), for the negative impact of their efforts.

It is also important to note that Jesus was a prophet of his time. In otherwords, he addressed issues of his time, challenged the ‘ideals’, and reinterpreted scriptures. Jesus didn’t come to set-up Christianity (as many would love to believe), but rather to reform the Jewish faith, and to open its doors for mission to the wider-world. In fact, most of what we know today as Paul’s teaching or insight are from Jewish commentaries on the Old Testament (the Talmud and Mishnah). 

Equipped with the Holy Spirit, the apostles (who had the mandate to ‘go’ and tell the world about the messiah) were still caught between: hard Judaism, soft Judaism or no Judaism. But they were never shy of these debates. The sharp end of their arguments are evident in most of the letters in the New Testament. 

As we know through history, Judaism has always moved with the times. From the invisible God who communed with the patriarchs, the Tabernacle, the temple, destruction of the temple, the exile, the second temple; the faith has always been resilient, adapting to the forces of change and pace of human advancement.

These changes were led by people with inspired vision, people with strong convictions, radicals – willing to go against popular opinion. 

In the same vein, the faith we know today as Christianity needs to keep evolving dear friends. We need to challenge the status quo. Ask the difficult questions. Revisit scriptures, and interpret them in light of the speed of change in our world. The reformation was not meant to stop after the efforts of the reformers, rather, it should be part of our DNA.

Are you willing to stand up and be counted? 

Summary of the Book of Ruth

First let’s consider the term Exception Clause. In law, it is defined as a statement allowing that which is contrary to normal expectations. 

With that in mind let’s consider the law concerning Moabites:

“No Ammonite or Moabite shall be admitted to the assembly of the Lord. Even to the tenth generation, none of their descendants shall be admitted to the assembly of the Lord, because they did not meet you with food and water on your journey out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam son of Beor, from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you. (Yet the Lord your God refused to heed Balaam; the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loved you.) You shall never promote their welfare or their prosperity as long as you live.” – (Deuteronomy 23:3-6)

Using the book of Ruth as a test case or case study, in the first chapter we realise that Ruth was a Moabite. Also, not only has she been accepted into the assembly of Israel, she marries Boaz, a prominent Jew. 

On one hand the kinsman in the story who turned down the offer of marrying Ruth could easily be vindicated for upholding ‘the integrity’ of the law, however, Boaz and Naomi who were technically in violation of the law were the focus of the writer’s message.

As with the writer of Ruth, and in blatant disregard to Deut. 23:3-6. the prophet Isaiah declared:

“And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.” – (Is. 56:6-8)


Just like all human endeavours, though inspired, the writers and editors of the Scriptures had their biases. Clearly the writer of Ruth was challenging the notion of a True Worshipper of Yahweh: one that is born a Jew, or one that lives out the spirit of the law? 
In the same vein, a true Christian is not necessarily one that ‘upholds the integrity of scriptures’, but rather, one that goes beyond the letter of the scriptures. One that lives out the scriptures in the context of their time. One that reinterprets scriptures in the spirit of Christ, in line with human development and advancement, and the challenges of their era. 

Dare I say, one that sees the Exception Clauses in every situation.

This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship!

We arrive at chapter 3 where Ruth being encouraged by Naomi, lies at the feet of Boaz. This single action was carried out in the hope that he consents, and passes on Elimelech’s (her father-in-law) inheritance to her through marriage.

On the issue of consent, this week we were told by experts that girls ‘aren’t strong enough to say no’ to sexual bullying, and that ‘widespread’ sexual harassment and violence has become acceptable in schools in the UK.

That aside, research shows that most ‘single’ church going Christians are sexually active. Some reports even highlight that singles are more sexually active than married Christians. 

Interestingly, most of these casual encounters are with non-Christian acquaintances.

Rather than pretend all is well as its normally the case, how does the church deal with sex and relationships in postmodern times? Bearing in mind that in the time of our Lord, a woman could marry at the age of twelve, and polygamy was part of the social construct to deal with deaths, inheritance, gender ratio imbalances, poverty etc; and the fact that we are living in more prosperous times, in which women have more rights.

So, this Sunday I will be looking at how the Bible defines relationship. 
Questions include: what is marriage, what is adultery, what is fornication; and how did Roman Catholicism hijack a neo-Judaistic movement (Christianity), and shifted these definitions to fit with Western and in some cases, pagan values. 

This book poses tough questions to the thinking Christian. It also provides ideas for contextualisation of our faith in our time.

So join us on this epic journey into purpose, meaning and destiny.
3:00pm – 4:30pm
The English Room

Bexleyheath Academy,

Woolwich Road,


Kent, DA6 7DA

The Temple: the Day of Atonement

“The evening meal of the high-priest before the great day [the Day of Atonement] was to be scanty. All night long he was to be hearing and expounding the Holy Scriptures, or otherwise kept employed, so that he might not fall asleep” 

  • Alfred Edersheim, The Temple: the Day of Atonement