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Astronomical Prophets

The Gospel of Mark Chapter 13 begins with Jesus' disciples pointing out the great stones of the temple. Jesus predicts that the temple will be destroyed and then ask when it will happen, when the temple's stones will all be thrown down.  The rest of the chapter is all about this.  To the disciples the permanent destruction of the temple means that the end of the age, the end of the world as they know it.  Jesus uses language similar to that used by Old Testament prophets to describe destruction of cities - he describes it as the stars falling from heaven.
“But in those days, following that distress,
“‘the sun will be darkened,     and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky,     and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ (Mark 13:24-25)
Compare this with a prophecy of Isaiah about the destruction of Babylon
The stars of heaven and their constellations     will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened     and the moon will not give its ligh…

Rapture Rap

The idea of a "rapture" of believers, meaning Christians being spirited away by Jesus in a sort of secret second coming is a popular but mistaken belief held by some Christians.  As defined like this, the "rapture" does not exist and is certainly not taught in the Bible.  Bear with me I'm leading up to something.

This being the case, it is important to tell people that the "good news" also known as the "gospel" of Jesus Christ is corporate as well as individual. And it's not about getting people ready for the rapture, it's about converting people and getting them together to transform society as well as their own lives.  In Matthew 28:16-20 we are told to "make disciples of all nations".  Yes the translation is correct, it really does mean "of" and not "from".  Although it is true that making a disciple of a nation necessarily includes there being a viable church in that country or people group (a church…

What Mill Hill East Church is All About

All churches are part of the worldwide church with which they have beliefs and practices in common.  But each local church also has a particular character or ethos.  This is ours.

1. Mill Hill East Church massages the heart for the community, like CPR.  The church strives to love others in a practical way (Matthew22:39).  It provides a place to meet, a place for education of adults and children, such as a dance studio and a coffee bar.  The church members welcome people into their homes.  The church together with the wider community put on community building events like film nights, a youth cafe and a lunch club.  And the church involves people in prayer and praise of God making worship services accessible and by church members taking every opportunity to pray with others in the wider community.  This is summarised as CPR, not Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation but: doing Church together, Relaxing together and Praying together.

2. However people need more, they need to be part of the chur…