Category = ‘church’
What makes a good sermon? We are having a preachers’ meeting this evening at church, and at our staff meeting this lunchtime we discussed the kinds of things we look for in a good sermon. We sug..
Writing on John 4.20, Calvin writes that error lies in ‘the confusing of different ages’: Later generations devote themselves to the examples of the fathers, not thinking that a different..
We had an interesting comment by the preacher in church today. He was saying that whenever he preaches, he tries to have something fresh, something new and prophetic to say. Now I whole-heartedly ..
With all the troubles in the Anglican Communion at the moment, and ahead of the Lambeth Conference in a few days’ time, a number of archbishops, bishops, clergy and laypeople gathered in Jerusalem fo..
I read this verse this morning: Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 1 Peter 2.16 (ESV) The kind of freedom won fo..
I read James 2 this morning, the almost infamous passage which apparently contradicts Paul’s theology that we are saved only by faith, that there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation. I don’t t..
I had a long conversation last night with a good friend about various theological topics. Some of them will find their way on here, in time. The first of them is the doctrine of assurance. How ..
I have to confess that there are many parts of the Church of England’s new Common Worship services that I don’t like. The Baptism service, for example, is hugely long, overly complicated and (I t..
Susie and I recently returned from a few days in Rome, courtesy of her great aunt. I have wanted to visit the Eternal City for years, mostly to see the Roman ruins, which are, well, ruins, but stil..
On Sunday I preached on the final day of the college mission to Larkhall, Bath. The text of the sermon can be found here . Rather than preach directly from a passage, I preached on the meaning ..