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“Give me an undivided heart”

At Emmanuel Westbury on Sunday Julian brought to us God’s ‘cure for a divided heart’ from Psalm 119:113-120, helping us learn to say with the psalmist “I hate double-minded people, but I love your law.”  It reminded me of this song that I’ve come across recently and is often stuck in my head (in a good way!).  I’ve found it helpful to…

Authentic Intimacy – starts a week today

The desire for relationships, for intimacy and affection, is fundamental to the purpose and meaning of our lives as creatures made in the image of God. Glynn Harrison Society tells us that intimacy = sex. But the Bible teaches that intimacy = a sense of oneness, of feeling at home with, God, yourself and others. But how do we actually experience that…

When Your Pastor Preaches a Sermon Dud

John Newton, author of the hymn Amazing Grace, was also a preacher who was well aware of his own shortcomings. In one of his letters he shares some helpful thoughts on how to respond when you find yourself listening to a sermon that is a bit, well… under-par. Sermon duds are inevitable, but they are useful to expose both the needs of…

The New Creation

‘…at some particular hour when we least expect it, a veil will be lifted and there will be an ending and a beginning, creation purged, healed, and renewed, afterward forever in a new and right relationship to God, who so loves the world. The clocks will stop, and we will find ourselves on the threshold of the everlasting.’ Marilynne Robinson, The Givenness of Things, p.237.

Hear what Tim Keller had to say to Teresa May, and all of us…

A few weeks ago pastor and author Tim Keller spoke at the 2018 National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, which was attended attended by the Prime Minister and several senior members of the government. Reflecting on the event here John Stevens writes: How can we best commend the gospel to the political and cultural elites in our post-Christian, secular, and progressive liberal contexts? This is a…

Book of the Summer

If you haven’t yet picked up your copy of the book we’re going to all read together this summer  – make sure you do this Sunday. It’s called ‘Take Heart’ by Matt Chandler, it’s £5, and it’ll be a great help and encouragement to you to keep living and speaking for Jesus. You’ll find a stack of copies at the back of…

Love bade me welcome

On Sunday, from 2 Samuel 9, we were enjoying King David’s inviting the unworthy Mephibosheth to sit and with him at table – and reflecting on how it points to King Jesus inviting us to sit and eat with Him.  It reminded someone of George Herbert’s famous poem, so here it is for everyone to feast on. Love (III)  by  George Herbert…