“A special prayer”

Quiet time coaching: episode 35

Do you have prayers that are particularly special for you? I have recorded one of mine that comes from the Celtic daily prayer book: inspirational prayers and readings from the Northumbria community.

Please leave a comment, or perhaps a link to one of your favourite prayers. Let me know how your special prayer has enriched your spiritual life.

Please pass on the link to this recording.

I hope you have a wonderful week of enriching quiet times.

God bless, Malcolm

“How to be a human preacher”

Tuesday Teaching Tips: Episode 104

How do we keep our ‘humanness’ as preachers? You don’t have to be perfect, but you can’t be a hypocrite.

“Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?” (2 Corinthians 11:29 NIV11)
Three tips for today:
  1. Share your sins
  2. Share weaknesses
  3. Don’t beat yourself up
Thank you for listening to this podcast and watching this video. You can find more teaching tips here and on the YouTube teaching tips playlist.
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, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.
Thanks again for listening and watching. Have a terrific Tuesday, and a wonderful week.
God bless,

Christian Meditation Review: “Resting in God”

Ps62v5I’ve grown to enjoy using the meditations on the “Christian Mindfulness” website. A couple of new meditations have been posted recently and I promised to review them once I’d used them myself. Here, then is my review of the first.

To begin with, some basic information.

The “Resting in God” meditation is based on Psalm 62:5, “Find rest O my soul in God alone”. It is 15 minutes long and contains periods of silence.

I especially liked the introduction which reminded me that I am forgiven of all my sins and am justified before God due to the righteousness of Christ credited to me. This helped to settle me into the right frame of spiritual mind before beginning the meditation proper.

For my taste, the instructions about settling into a comfortable position are a little over-detailed. I’d prefer a simpler, “find somewhere comfortable to sit, kneel or lay” or something of that order.

The appeal to turn our attention to Christ himself was helpfully qualified by the phrase, “as much as you are able”, which is a comfort given that some days this seems to be easier than others.

The remainder of the meditation proceeded as a series of silences punctuated by repetition of Psalm 62.5, “Find rest O my soul in God alone”. I found this valuable in helping my mind be called back to its proper locus. The gaps between the repetitions were just right. The slight background hiss that came and went as the voice appeared and disappeared was a little distracting. A superior recording environment might be helpful.

Overall, this was one of my favourite meditations on the site, and I have already used it a second time.

Please check the site out if you are interested in Christian meditation and mindfulness. Let me know if you have found similar resources from which you think other people might benefit.

God bless,


A Little Bit Of Luke: Part 6

Luke gives us a particular emphasis on the necessity of the cross and the suffering of Messiah. Why might that be?

Here are some references to the Greek word “dei” that Luke uses to emphasis the necessity of things: Luke 2:49; 4:43; 9:22; 13:33; 17:25; 22:7, 37; 24:7, 26, 44.

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A Little Bit Of Luke: Part 5 (video)

Why do we have so much information about John “the dipper” (see Josephus)? Isn’t the Gospel about Jesus? Perhaps Luke had a reason for giving John so much airtime, but what was it?

References to John in Acts: Acts 1:5, 22; 10:37; 11:16; 13:24; 18:25; 19:3–4

The reference from Josephus quoted in the recording: http://www.livius.org/sources/content/josephus-on-john-the-baptist

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