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Feb 2010
22

The Message for the Broken

Jesus’ teaching consistently attracted the irreligious while offending the Bible-believing, religious people of his day. However, in the main, our churches today do not have this effect. The kind ..

Apr 2009
30

Communities of Grace

Over the years I have frequently thought about the relationship between the uncompromising ethical stance of much of the New Testament (not least the Sermon on the Mount), and salvation as the free gi..

Mar 2009
30

A Good Sermon?

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 suggested..
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Feb 2009
3

Calvin on Ceremony

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 law of actio..

Aug 2008
10

New prophecy?

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 agre..

Jul 2008
7

GAFCON

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 for..

May 2008
15

Christian freedom

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 for us in Christ i..

May 2008
10

Faith and works

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 th..

Apr 2008
18

Assurance

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 can we ..

Apr 2008
9

Common Worship Ordination

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 think)..