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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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“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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“Beatitudes series: the persecuted receive reward”

Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 116 “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in […]

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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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“Go back to go forward”

Episode 21 podcast version of my weekly newsletter, 23 November 2019 When to cut and run Not long ago it rained heavily during the night.  I went out for my morning prayer walk as usual. The ground was sodden. I decided to take one of my less commonly used routes through the conservation area on […]

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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 […]