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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

KID’S TALK: Mr Mud

Matthew 27:11-26Mr Mud wasn’t always called Mr Mud. But he was given the name because he always did things that were a little bit dodgy. He wasn’t a hardened criminal, he didn’t have a prison record or anything like that, but if there was something going on that was a...