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“Spiritual lessons from the hooting of a tawny owl”: Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 71

My prayer walk was pleasantly interrupted by the loud calls of a male and female tawny owl. Let me share with you what I learned from this.  Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.  Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, […]

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“The Road to Joy”, Acts 8.26-40

Malcolm Cox, Watford Church of Christ A multi-cultural evangelistic encounter “Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of […]

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“Awesome Apollos”, Part 1, “Love learning” – Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 139

Thanks to my friend Rob Payne for these observations about awesome Apollos.     “When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. For he vigorously refuted his Jewish […]

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“How to Ask”, John 4.43-54

Jesus wants us to ask him for things. But, what should we ask for, and how should we ask? In this lesson we do not cover everything to do with the topic, but we learn a valuable lesson from a royal official who asked Jesus for something. Our key point today: “Requests are heard when […]

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“The Eagle’s Eye”, Class 2. John’s Gospel series

1. Two ‘Books’ Prologue 01. Book of ___________ 02. Book of ____________ Epilogue 2. Seven Signs (semeia) Miraculous signs (semeia) Scripture Notable feature Area of power Changing water into wine 2:1-11 Healing official’s son 4:46-54 Healing the lame man 5:1-15 Feeding the multitude 6:1-15 Walking on water 6:16-21 Healing the blind man 9:1-41 Raising Lazarus […]

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“A communion with a difference”: The Sunday Sample: Episode 65

I find writing songs very hard. And rather nerve-wracking. I feel more vulnerable when I am performing a song I have written than pretty much any other circumstance I experience. However, if I don’t do it why should I expect anybody else to do so? I’ve been challenging myself to write more music, even if […]

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“The Blend of Grace and Truth”: Quiet time coaching: Episode 70

Let’s reflect today on the perfect blend of the fullness of grace and truth which came in Jesus the Christ.   “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 […]

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“What are your teaching goals for 2019?”: Tuesday Teaching Tip 138

I sense that God is calling me to greater collaboration with fellow-teachers in 2019. It’s been on my heart and mind for a few months now, and I’m getting to a place of concrete action. I need more stimulation in my own teaching from personal interaction with people. I read, I do online courses, watch […]

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“The Eagle’s Eye”: Class 1

Background to John’s Gospel Introduction “John, oh John, Thou honourable bird, Sun-peering eagle. Taking a bird’s-eye view, Even of Calvary and Resurrection.” D H Laurance – “St John” “In the other gospels, Jesus’ story takes place in the horizontal dimensions of the geography and history of Israel; John brings in the vertical – Jesus is […]

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“A key to spiritual growth in 2019”

Quiet time coaching episode 69 Are you ready spiritually for the year ahead? I share some thoughts prompted by a book I’ve just started reading – “Glittering Vices” by Rebecca DeYoung. The New Testament uses both active and passive voice “Make every effort” (2 Peter 1) but also “Be transformed” (Romans 12). Studying our sinful disorder and deformation […]