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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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“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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“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 […]

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“How to deliver a meaningful ‘sermunion'”

Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 184 The ‘sermunion’ has become more and more popular. In case you are unfamiliar with the phenomenon, it involves combining the sermon and communion. Most commonly ending with a prayer before taking bread and wine. I would guess that we do something like this once a month or so in the […]

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“Should Christians be involved in politics?”

Sermon for the Watford church of Christ “Should Christians be involved in Politics?” SCRIPTURES (1 Timothy 2:1–8 NIV11) (Romans 13:1–5 NIV11) (Luke 20:21–26 NIV11) (Titus 3:1–2 NIV11) (1 Peter 2:12–17 NIV11) (Matthew 28:18 NIV11) (Colossians 2:9–10 NIV11) Discussion “Christians should be involved in politics” “Christians should not be involved in politics” Politicians of christian faith  William Wilberforce:  “Never, never will we desist till we […]

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“What is worship?”

The Sunday Sample, Episode 110 I visited an old friend, Harry Hardy, last week. It was great to catch up over a cup of tea. It had been too long! I came away with several blessings. Sweet fellowship, personal encouragement and a boot load of books. Harry was clearing out. One of those books has […]

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“The case against sermon-centric Sundays”

Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 183 This week I read an article in Premier Christianity magazine with the title, “The case against Sermon-centric Sundays”. To quote from the subtitle, “Skye Jethani explains why digital technology is disrupting our 500 year old emphasis on lengthy Sunday sermons”. Skye reviews the way in which technology has historically influenced […]

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“Christmas Carol Service Plans 2019”

The Sunday Sample, Episode 109 I have been thinking about this year’s carol services for the Thames Valley churches of Christ and the Watford Church of Christ for several months. However, I sat down to write out a draft order of service more recently. I’ll share with you what we are doing this year (you […]

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“How to speak so that people find strength in God”

Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 182 I am continuing to receive very helpful feedback from the three-part series I taught recently for the Thames Valley churches of Christ. Here is a second excerpt from an email I received from Celia Forbes of our sister congregation in Birmingham: “2) Why do I speak? I speak to help people to […]

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“The Most Important Memory”, Luke 22.14-23

Sermon for the Watford church of Christ, Remembrance Sunday 2019 “The Most Important Memory”, Luke 22.14-23 Introduction QUESTION: What is your sweetest childhood memory? Why do we remember these events? Emotional connection. Why did God give us a memory? Assertion: To enable us to create a better future A better future depends on a healthily remembered […]