STORY: The Devil You Know

Many people know me—at least, in some ways. Because, even though few have seen me, most would be familiar with my whisperings, as I speak in people’s ears. Despite that, people often don’t recognise me, for they do not know what I do. They do not see that I encourage...

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DEVOTION: Going Against the Grain

Luke 1:26-38 I probably don’t have to remind you, but Christmas is fast approaching. Indeed, I only had to go into one shop today to find Christmassy things on display. And there was nothing very religious about any of it—it was all related to the pagan celebration....

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OPINION: Church Health Check List

I’ve been trying to come up with a check list by which a church can be assessed by those outside that church, and by which a church can make an assessment of its own spiritual health. As a consequence, I have come up with a provisional list of thirty-six questions,...

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OPINION: The State of the Local Church

I had good reason, recently, to search for all the Christian churches within my local area. What I found, however, was that some were good at advertising their existence, and others were not. Indeed, I found one church that didn’t advertise their existence at all, not...

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SERMON: Joshua: Covenant Renewal at Shechem

Joshua 24:1-28 A. INTRODUCTION 1. Life’s Journey For many people life is a bit of a struggle. It might be work related. It might have something to do with family relationships or long held friendships. It might be financial circumstances. Or it might be related to...

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KID’S TALK: The Football Match

Joshua 24:1-28 I don’t know whether you like playing sport, because I never did. And one of the reasons was that at school I was tall, and perhaps a little bit clumsy, and was never very good at it. Indeed, one school report I received, had this comment regarding...

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OPINION: The Church’s Dilemma

The church is currently facing a dilemma: What is its purpose in the twenty-first-century? Now of course from a theological perspective, that’s not a difficult question to answer. After all, the biblical construct for a church is that it should be God centred, that it...

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DEVOTION: Leadership in the Church

1 Peter 5:1-4 It’s always helpful to get what it means to be a leader in the church into perspective. So today, some words from Peter. But instead of the term “elders”, let’s substitute “church leaders.” Because when Peter says that role of a leader is to be a...

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UPDATE: Exile and Restoration, etc.

Exile and Restoration The first draft of Part 4 of the series A Twenty-First-Century Bible is now complete, and is ready to undergo its series of reviews. However, as this has been achieved a month or so ahead of schedule, the book has been put aside, whilst the A-Z...

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DEVOTION: Growing with God

Philippians 1:3-11 Is it possible to retire from the Christian faith? Can you get to a point where you know that you know enough? Can you even get to a stage where participation in the life of the church is no longer necessary? Now the reason that I ask that, is...

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