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“Learning to be family”

Newsletter podcast, 14 December 2019, episode 24 Learning to be family Penny and I and our son Fred made a quick trip down to Bristol last weekend. We went to see our daughter Lydia and her husband in their new home. It was our first time seeing them together in their own place. What a […]

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“Is corporate worship meant to be a sacrifice?”

The Sunday Sample, Episode 113 We know our entire lives are an act of worship and a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-3). But is our corporate worship meant to be a sacrifice?  Today I’m bringing you some thoughts inspired by the book “for the audience of one” by my Mike Pilavachi. In the book he references 2 Chronicles 7:1-6 and […]

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“Three lessons from the Apostle Paul to help us unload the overload”

Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 118 Today I bring you a reflection on renewing our inner world based on chapter 9 of the book “Unloading the Overload: Stress management for Christians” by Chris Powell and Graham Barker. Do you ever feel overloaded? Are you feeling it right now? Is it having a positive or negative effect on your […]

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“How Preaching Builds the Christian Community”

Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 186 I’m reading “Preaching and Preachers” by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. In the second chapter he makes the claim that part of preaching’s effectiveness is its unique role as a shared learning experience. He attacks the misguided notion that individual learning can replace corporate learning. Let’s examine this topic today. He writes: “Cannot all you […]

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“Find the Beauty”

Newsletter Podcast, 07 December 2019 Inspired by the beauty around me As you probably know I’m preparing a teaching and preaching series on the Sermon on the Mount for the Thames Valley churches of Christ in the first two months of 2020. Getting the lessons written to a good standard and on time is the […]

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“Halel to start worship”

The Sunday Sample, Episode 112 Are you familiar with Dave Eastman’s work at Life Changing Worship? There’s some really helpful material there including some video teaching on the word ‘halal’. I dowloaded a video on the Hebrew word “Halal” and used it to introduce our corporate worship this last Sunday in the Thames Valley churches of Christ. […]

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“Beatitudes series: Summary of the beatitudes”

Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 117 In this series we are immersing ourselves in the beatitudes – Matthew 5:3-12.  We’re trying to figure out what each beatitude means for us practically and how that affects our relationship with God, and in particular, our times of quiet with God. The reason this is on my mind is because […]

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“The purpose of preaching is to remove ignorance”

Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 185 I’m reading “Preaching and Preachers” by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. In the second chapter he makes the claim that preaching’s aim is to replace ignorance with knowledge. How does that fit with your view of preaching’s purpose? I include teaching with preaching in this regard. Let’s examine this topic today. It’s undoubtedly the case […]

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“Who is my neighbour?” Newsletter 30th November 2019

Applying the Bible to real life I’ve had a rough week of health. A throat infection and stomach bug. Hence a shorter newsletter today. If you’ve been a subscriber for a while you will know I’m studying the Sermon on the Mount in depth in preparation for a teaching series next year and a teaching […]

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“How to lead worship so as to edify the church”

The Sunday Sample, Episode 111 “Let’s lead worship in such a way as to edify the church.” Have you heard that phrase, or something similar? Sounds noble. It’s got a nice Biblical ring to it. But what does it mean? And how does it inform the way we lead corporate worship? Let’s have a look today […]