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Caring about all that Jesus cares about

There are arguments over who exactly said the below words (apparently not Martin Luther who they are most often attributed to). But whoever first wrote or spoke them, and whenever, they tie in well with what we were thinking about on Sunday as we looked together at Jesus’ letter to the church in Pergamum (read the passage and listen to the talk…

John Stott’s ‘Basic Christianity’ – read aloud to you!

If you struggle to find time to pick up a book, or to concentrate without someone speaking, audiobooks can make a big difference.  This month, ChristianAudio.com are giving away for free John Stott’s introduction to Christianity – ‘Basic Christianity‘.  Ideal for the commute, or the washing up, perhaps even during the 2am feed! Hurry though – it’s only free for another few…

Students – “Do you pray?”

“I ask whether you pray… … because prayer is absolutely needful to a man’s salvation… … because a habit of prayer is one of the surest marks of a true Christian… … because there is no duty in religion so neglected as private prayer… … because prayer is an act in religion to which there is great encouragement… … because diligence in…

Sermons are not for liking

Here’s a helpful blog post from Tim Challies for those of us who spend most of our Sunday’s listening to sermons. He says: Sermons are for listening, they are for discerning, they are for applying, but they are not for liking. You don’t get to like or dislike a sermon. We tend to ask questions like, “So how did you enjoy the sermon…

Do you know Him?

…among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right…

Need help honouring singleness?

A few weeks back God challenged us through Matthew 19 to honour his gift of singleness more. Struggling? Then have a read of Kate Wharton’s  excellent new book Single-Minded: Being single, whole and living life to the full. It’s available (and I review it) here. It should be read by marrieds and singles alike.

Jesus: Greatness = service

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Matthew 20:26-28 On Sunday we looked at Matthew 20 together and heard Jesus call us…

Is he Jesus?

Throughout human history people have claimed to be be Jesus. You can read about the latest claimant (if you really want to!) here. How do we know what to make of his claim? Here’s one test: do the winds and the waves obey him? If he was the real thing they would. Because they did when the real Jesus walked this earth. Here’s…