UPDATE: The New Covenant . . . and Beyond

The New CovenantI am pleased to advise that the fifth and final part of A Twenty-First-Century Bible has now been published and is available to be purchased online or ordered through traditional bookshops. This brings to a conclusion a project that has consumed much...

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DEVOTION: A Child-Like Faith

Mark 10:13-16Attitudes towards children have changed over the years. In Roman times, parents used to put young babies out on the hillside in the cold of the night. If they were strong enough, they survived. And if they were weak . . . Well they wouldn’t be the burden...

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SERMON: Defending the Faith from Within

2 Peter 3:8-15aA. INTRODUCTIONIn today’s world the Christian faith—and the Christian Church—is under attack from a number of sources.1. Under Attack from OutsideThere are a number of countries and places where it’s not safe for Christians to live—and to do so means...

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DEVOTION: Making Ourselves Uncomfortable

Luke 14:1-11From time to time we all find ourselves in situations we prefer to avoid. Situations where we find ourselves uncomfortable, even out of our depth. Indeed, some of us may not like large crowds. Others may prefer to accept invitations only if there will be...

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SERMON: Elijah and the Contest on Mount Carmel

1 Kings 18:17-39A. INTRODUCTIONThe place of religion in society today is seen in many ways.1. The DetractorsThere are the detractors, who see religion as a superstitious belief that has no role in modern society. There are those who are anti-religion, and indeed blame...

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UPDATE: The New Covenant . . . and Beyond

The New CovenantThe final version of the manuscript for the book The New Covenant was completed earlier this week and has now been lodged for publication.The book is the fifth and last book in the series A Twenty-First-Century Bible, and is a translation and...

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SERMON: Five Clues on Evangelism

Acts 17:22-31A. INTRODUCTION1. The Responsibility of EvangelismOne of the things that can make church people very uncomfortable is the need for evangelism—the need to go out and share one’s faith with others who do not believe. Which is odd really, because the one...

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KID’S TALK: A Pig’s Tale

1 John 1:8Percival Pork was a pig—and a very fat one. But then he liked to eat and eat and eat. Indeed, he was very good at it. But he was also very good at telling lies. But then Percy always liked to appear to be important. He liked to pretend he was better than...

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KID’S TALK: Whizz, Flash, Bang

Matthew 24:36-44It was dark outside and, apart from the odd star in the sky, there was no other light. But then Barry liked living in the country, away from the street lights and all the traffic noise. That’s why he’d come to live there in the first place. He also...

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SERMON: The Layers of Christmas

Luke 2:1-7A. INTRODUCTIONIt’s September, and it’s not unusual to hear people complain about Christmas—and how early is has come, with all the trees, decorations, gift ideas, and special foods appearing in our shops. Four months before the big event, and we are...

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