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Performance Related Prayer?

Two phrases from the passage we looked at from 1 Peter (3:1-12) last Sunday (26th February) have perhaps been troubling you ever since. And, I don’t mean, ‘Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands…’ (v.1) or ‘Husbands, in the same ways be considerate as you live with your wives…’ (v.7). Why not?! Well because we’ve been taught those things before,…

The story of the whole Bible – in one day…

  On Saturday 17th  March, Mike will be leading us on a journey through the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation. If you’ve never looked at the whole storyline of the bible in one ‘gulp’ like this, I can’t recommend highly enough coming along to this day. You’ll be blown away by the unity and scale of God’s plan for his world, by the wisdom that…

Struggling to love someone deeply?

‘Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbour, act as if you did. As soon as you do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.’ CS Lewis in Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage, p.100.

Looking forward to Heaven: Through Narnia!

I’m having the words below read at my funeral to remind people where I’ve gone: ‘Then Aslan turned to them and said: “You do not yet look so happy as I mean you to be.” Lucy said, “We’re so afraid of being sent away, Aslan. And you have sent us back into our own world so often.” “No fear of that,” said…

Looking forward to Heaven: With Children!

How do you talk about heaven with children? One of the best places to go is Sally Lloyd-Jones’ The Jesus Storybook Bible. This is her take on Revelation 21:1-6: ‘I see a sparkling city shimmering in the sky: glittering, glowing – coming down! From heaven. And from the sky. Heaven is coming down to eartth! God’s city is beautiful. Walls of topaz,…

Looking forward to Heaven: Perfect Community!

Jonathan Edwards, the American pastor, missionary and theologian, once gave a sermon entitled ‘Heaven – A World of Love.’ It’s the world we all want and he describes it here: ‘There are many principles contrary to love, that make this world like a tempestuous sea. Selfishness, and envy, and revenge, and jealousy, and kindred passions keep life on earth in a constant…

Looking forward to Heaven: Restored Bodies!

I wouldn’t agree with everything the former Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright, says but I think he’s on the money here as he reflects on what Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4 & 5. ‘What Paul is asking us to imagine is that there will be a new mode of physicality which stands in relation to our present body as our present…