SERMON: Knowing and Experiencing our Trinitarian God

2 Corinthians 13:14A. INTRODUCTION1. PuzzlesWe seem, at times, to be a nation who loves puzzles. Indeed, some like traditional jigsaw puzzles and spend hours putting all the pieces together. Others prefer those wooden puzzles where you need to fit all the pieces...

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UPDATE: The New Covenant . . . and Beyond

The New CovenantThis week, I have completed my reviews of the fifth, and final book, in the series A Twenty-First-Century Bible and have lodged the manuscript for publication. It has passed the initial content evaluation (to check for potential breaches of copyright)...

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QUESTION: Eliminating All Prejudice

Does anyone really believe that we can become so educated that all prejudice on the planet can be eliminated? Education, compassion, and understanding have value, but are we really that naïve to think that we can totally eliminate the darker side of our human...

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QUESTION: Whose Lives Matter?

There has been a lot of publicity about the value placed on human life. But is it only blacks who suffer at the hands of whites? Indeed, as a white man who has been a recipient of black prejudice, I ask, “Are things really that clear cut?” Don’t all lives matter?...

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QUESTION: Abuse in Sport

Racial abuse in sport receives a lot of press. But how do you distinguish between a deliberate racial slur and an ill-conceived (and thoughtless) attempt to put someone off their game? After all, aren’t questions about the legitimacy of someone’s birth also raised at...

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SERMON: Breaking the Christmas Cycle

Luke 1:26-38A. ADVERTISING CHRISTMAS1. Modern ChristmasWhenever there is a special event, these days, we seem to get plenty of warning. Whether it’s Mothers’ Day, an annual festival, or even a new TV programme, it seems that for at least two months before hand we’re...

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SERMON: Reality T.V.

Genesis 1:27-28; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Psalm 139:1-4A. INTRODUCTIONOne of the great fads of television these days is “Reality T.V.” And it comes from a long line of development, including soap operas—which pretend to portray everyday life—to viewing bits of home...

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OPINION: The Structure of the Modern Church

Arguments over the structure of the church continues to be an issue in the church today. Indeed, should decision-making be made solely by the local congregation or is a hierarchical model more appropriate? Of course, each structure has its merits—a congregational...

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DEVOTION: Harmony in the Church

Philippians 2:1-4In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, in chapter one, he indicates that the world is divided, hence him being in chains. He then turns his attention to the problem of a divided church—a situation which he said would be counterproductive. So to avoid...

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SERMON: Make Love, Not War

Luke 10:25-37A. INTRODUCTIONI don’t know about you, but there are certain periods in my life of which I’m especially fond—times when I felt good about myself. And even though all was not well with the world, I can look back and recall those very happy times.Of course,...

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