making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ in Birmingham and for the world

The way things are

Dear Friends,

First of all, let me wish you a very Happy New Year – a year full of God’s blessing in which you experience more deeply just how good the Lord is, whose love endures for ever – especially as I shan’t actually be with you this Sunday. Hopefully I will have arrived in Myanmar to help with the School of Biblical Training once again (and not waylaid in Dubai for twenty-four hours as last year!).

Let me leave you with something to ponder. It comes from a comment I read that the Bible “is a single work of God, but is a complex single work”, with many human authors and yet a single divine author, and that this reflects the nature of God himself, a triune God who is both single (one God) and complex (three persons). It then dawned on me that this idea of “a complex single work” applies to far more than just the Bible.

It is also true of humanity, where ‘man’ is both male and female. But is it not true of the individual human body, with many complex parts wonderfully united in one single person? And of the planet we inhabit, with land, sea and skies, plants, animals, birds and fish all different yet working together in harmony. And is it not true of the wider universe as well? It should not surprise us to find that the world is the way it is because its Creator is who he is, complex and yet single. To him be the glory!

Yours warmly, in Christ,
Chris Hobbs (Senior Minister/Vicar)

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