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Reviewed: Three new(ish) songs about the Word of God

It’s so good to sing about the Word of God – and not merely in that “pre-sermon” slot on a Sunday! Here are three recent songs on that theme, all of which I love, and, incidentally, all of which were … Continue reading

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Keeping Word and Spirit in balance…?

“The Word without the Spirit will dry you up; the Spirit without the Word will blow you up.” You may well have heard it said; you may well have nodded sagely at it; you may even have said it yourself. … Continue reading

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Capitalism under God

I love the fact that London’s Royal Exchange sits under these words: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof.” At the heart of the City, a magnificent building; now a retail emporium, but originally the key trading point for … Continue reading

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On seeking popularity…

During our life on earth, and especially in our own day, nothing is easier, pleasanter and more likely to win people’s approval than the office of bishop or priest or deacon, if it is performed negligently and with a view … Continue reading

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Reading between the lines

Below are Ofsted’s blisteringly high ‘parent satisfaction’ scores for Grindon Hall Christian School, which was recently put into special measures. That decision came, of course, amidst a blazing row over whether inspectors had been inappropriate in their questioning of children about their sexual knowledge … Continue reading

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Current trends in the UK evangelical church…

From Christmas Carol services to Christians against Poverty, and from multi-site ministry to clarity on homosexuality – John Stevens of FIEC notes 9 current trends in the UK evangelical church here. Typically well-observed, and well worth thinking through!

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What to say after Charlie Hebdo?

What to say after the brutal and terrible mass-murders in Paris last week? First, I want to try to have a Christian mind on these issues. So: Here’s John Stevens on the Free Speech question. Here’s Doug Wilson, on Islam, … Continue reading

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Suffering as a Christian

(a sermon on chapter 3 of Habakkuk, given at St Richard’s Church, Crowborough, on 14 September 2014) Paul Millard and his wife were young Christians, and she was pregnant with their fourth child when they suddenly realised that something was seriously … Continue reading

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Keeping going as a Christian

(a sermon on 2 Peter 3:14-18, preached at All Saints Crowborough on 9 November 2014) One of the saddest things about being a Christian, I think, is seeing people start well in the Christian life, but then wander off or … Continue reading

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Why sing the way we do?

What biblical principles should guide the way we use music in church? Peter Turnbull, Music Co-ordinator of Christ Church Fulwood in Sheffield, recently gave this 6 minute interview to help their congregation (especially new students) think it through. Really helpful!

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