SERMON: Living in Two Worlds

1 John 2:15-17 A. INTRODUCTION 1. A History of Being Wowsers? Over the years Christians have had the reputation of being people of religious conviction, and people who live (or should live) by higher standards to the rest of the world. And, as a consequence, I have...

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DEVOTION: True Worship

2 Samuel 24:18-25 King David was told to set up a sanctuary for God in Jerusalem, and he was told where and in what manner it was to be set up. But the owner of the land was poor, and he would have been dependent upon the income from the property to survive. Despite...

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UPDATE: Exile and Restoration, etc.

Exile and Restoration Exile and Restoration—the fourth book in the series A Twenty-First-Century Bible has now been published and is available online, through traditional booksellers, and, for those in Australia, will be available (in about two weeks’ time) directly...

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STORY: The Reporter (2)

I didn’t take me long to get back to the community. Yes, I had obligations with my publisher to complete first, but I was quickly able to get back, to find out what it was like. At the back of my mind, however, I had a plan. I wanted to approach the task in some sort...

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STORY: The Reporter

I became aware of the community a few years ago. And from the moment I heard, I knew there was a story to be told. Nevertheless, with things to do, places to go, and with an editor who was far from encouraging, I never got around to it. I also knew that if my editor...

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DEVOTION: Sing to the Lord

1 Chronicles 16:23-36 I cannot remember the last time I heard either of the books of Chronicles being read in church. The likely reason for that, of course, is that they repeat many of the stories in the books of Samuel and Kings. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have...

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OPINION: The Sacred and the Profane

One of the great values of studying the Old Testament is that it puts the New Testament, and the establishment and purpose of the Church into perspective. And, as it constitutes about 80% of the Bible, it is not something that should be easily dismissed or ignored....

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KID’S TALK: Alvin, the Lazy Tortoise

Hebrews 6:12 Alvin the tortoise was lazy. He loved to sleep the day away. Yes, every now and again someone would knock on his door and he would stir. But as soon as they were gone, he’d be back to doing what he loved best—sleeping. Of course, sometimes when people...

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OPINION: A 21st Century Reformation

There is much about the church today that is different to the church of the Bible. Indeed, over the years, our theological understanding has developed and grown, and new practices have been adopted. So much so, that I’ve often wondered whether a truly biblical church...

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SERMON: A Letter from Palestine

Mark 9:14-32; 11:22-23; Luke 17:5-6 A. INTRODUCTION Instead of the usual sermon, I’d like to read you a letter: Hello, my name is Ben, and I’m writing to you from across the miles, and from across the years. And I’m writing, because I’m sure that even you, in your...

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