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Africa Church: UK Church: World

A Friday Potpourri

I’ve never been sure why a rotten pot should be so exciting, but I suppose potpourri doesn’t sound so bad! I’ve come across some interesting stories today and thought I’d lump them all together into an amorphous group, rather than make several blog posts. The Global Church: This fascinating piece gives an overview of some […]

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Church: UK Observations

Visiting Preacher…

John Hamilton has just posted his thoughts on preaching away from home. Inspired by this, I thought I’d post some thoughts from my own experience about the best way to welcome a visiting preacher (in this case, me!). The first thing is to make sure you brief me well. There is nothing worse than turning […]

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Bible Translation Church: UK Church: World

The Bible In Today’s Society

This is the sermon that I preached at Christ Church Flackwell Heath on Sunday October 31. There are  a couple of videos in the middle of the sermon which probably won’t work very well on the MP3. There is also a segment where I ask people to come forward and share their expriences of hearing […]

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Church: UK

The Gospel is Not All About Me

The Bible paints an amazing picture of God at work through history reconciling creation to himself. The breadth of His work is absolutely incredible. I was recently at a Christian event during which the worship leader read one of my favourite passages from Colossians 1. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn […]

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Church: UK

Mission To The Whole of Society

One of Bishop John V. Taylor’s legacies to the Church is his book The Go-Between God (1972). The opening words are: “The chief actor in the historic mission of the Christian Church is the Holy Spirit.” It is a powerful reminder not to be seduced by such phrases as “The responsibility is ours”, confusing divine […]

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Africa Christian Life Church: UK

Authentic Christianity

This weekend, Sue and I visited the wonderful Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire. The weather was cool and foggy, which gave an amazing atmosphere to the ruins. Which I hope comes across in these photographs. It must have been a hard life being a monk here through the hard winter months, and even the summers […]

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Church: World

Britain Doesn’t Want to Understand the Bible

The Independent reports an interesting survey which was carried out on behalf of the Centre for Biblical Literacy at St. John’s Durham. The public is widely ignorant of the stories and people who provide the basis of Christianity, a survey has found, despite 75 per cent of respondents owning a copy of the Bible. The […]

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Observations

Teenagers don’t believe in God

According to today’s Telegraph Nearly two thirds of teenagers don’t believe in God, according to a study by Penguin books. It also emerged six out of ten 10 children (59 per cent) believe that religion “has a negative influence on the world”. The survey also shows that half of teenagers have never prayed and 16 […]

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Church: UK

England and The US: Thoughts of a Foreigner

Carl Medearis has just posted an excellent little peace comparing the state of the church in the US and England and also reflecting on the nomadic life of a missionary. About 5% of people in the United Kingdom would say they believe in Jesus as the way and do something about it. Nearly 40% of […]

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Church: UK

Men and Church

According to a survey in the Daily Mail: They have stood the test of time and it seems that today, despite all the changes to church services, men still prefer to sing ‘proper macho hymns’. Nearly 60 per cent of those who took part in a survey said they enjoyed singing – but added comments […]