OPINION: No Appetite for Change

With all the publicity about child abuse in the church, with the church having to deal with what happened on its watch, it would be easy to think that there might be a mood to consider the wider implications. After all, the abuse of children (and other vulnerable...

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STORY: My Καπρικορνιαn Diary

Nisan 4. Arrived on Καπρικορνια. Living on a planet where the day is twenty-two Earth hours long will certainly make life interesting. After all, should I keep Earth time or Καπρικορνιαn time? I will need to keep Καπρικορνιαn time to do my job, but I will also need...

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SERMON: Another Counsellor

John 14:16 A. INTRODUCTION These days we seem to have become a nation of Do-It-Yourself-ers. Or that’s what the TV tries to tell us. If something breaks, we try to fix it: If there’s a problem with the car, we become mechanics. If we have a minor electrical fault or...

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DEVOTION: Our Relationship with Jesus

John 1:1-18 In churches that use the Common Lectionary there are many passages of scripture that are read once every three years. There are also a great number of others that are (sadly) never read at all. In all the passages that are read, however, there is one...

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SERMON: The Faith Versus Works Debate

James 2:18-26 A. INTRODUCTION Imagine you’re in an auditorium, and you’ve come to listen to a debate—a debate between two people who both claim to be Christians. And what you’re being asked to do is to decide which is the better Christian. The first person is someone...

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UPDATE: Keys to a Godly Life, etc.

Keys to a Godly Life The manuscript of the book has been though its final edit. Both indices have been added, and the Word Index is currently being checked for errors. After this, hopefully by the end of the month, the final manuscript will be forwarded for formatting...

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DEVOTION: The Parable of the Great Banquet

Luke 14:15-24 Before the advent of television, one of the most important times for families was the dinner table. Once a day, it was the time when all family members would gather together and share in a common meal. But they didn’t just gather to eat food. No! It was...

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DEVOTION: A Cloud of Witnesses

Hebrews 12:1-3 Having “so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us” (1a) might seem an odd expression, but it was a statement intended to encourage. Because firstly, the writer of the Letter to the Hebrews intended his readers—a group of Christians facing...

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DEVOTION: Surprises

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 If there’s one thing in life I don’t like, it’s surprises—events that occur from time to time, that have a tendency to disrupt life. Indeed, when life is going smoothly, and everything is under control, the kind of events that have a habit of...

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DEVOTION: The Problem of Money

Mark 12:41-44 The availability (or lack of availability) of wealth, today, is a determining factor in how people live. It can be used to live a life of opulence, or it can limit people to a life of poverty. The same is also true of the church. It can free up the...

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