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Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Christmas

‘When God chose Mary for his instrument, when God himself in the manger at Bethlehem decided to come into this world, that was no romantic family portrait, but the beginning of a total turning point, a new ordering of all things on this earth. If we want to partcipate in this Advent and Christmas happening, we cannot simply be like spectators at…

Dorothy Sayers on Christmas

‘…what it means is this, among other things: that for whatever reason God chose to make man as he is – limited and suffering and subject to sorrows and death – He had the honesty and the courage to take His own medicine. Whatever game He is playing with His creation, He has kept His own rules and played fair. He can…

John Stott on Christmas

‘Christ himself takes on the dignity of dependence. He is born a baby, totally dependent on the care of his mother. He needs to be fed, he needs his bottom to be wiped, he needs to be propped up when he rolls over. And yet he never loses his divine dignity. And, at the end, on the cross, he again becomes totally…

Still got some questions about heaven?

Then get Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven on your Christmas list asap. It is excellent and will answer every conceivable question you might ever have. From “Can You Know You’re Going to Heaven?” to “Will the New Earth Have Sun, Moon, Oceans, and Weather?” and “Will Heaven Ever Be Boring?” to “Will Animals, Including Our Pets, Live Again?” It’s available here.

Steak in Heaven?

The physical reality of the new heaven and the new earth seemed to be thing that most surprised people as we looked at Revelation 21:1-8 together yesterday (Westbury version of the talk available here). Is it right to be talking about the physical delight of enjoying a perfectly done steak there, or should we just be focused on the “spiritual” pleasures of being with our…

All she did was pick up the phone

Tragic news today about the nurse who picked up the phone to hoax callers from Australia pretending to be members of the royal family enquiring about the health of the Duchess of Cambridge.   Don’t you want justice for that poor woman? Well remember the hope that only the Gospel provides that justice is coming. Acts 17:31: ‘For he has set a day…

Still got some questions about hell?

Yesterday’s sermon (available here) was never going to answer all our questions about this weighty subject. Let me suggest 3 places to go if you’d like to think some more: 1) Francis Chan (one of the main speakers at this summer’s New Wine) has written the most accessible book I’ve found on this subject: Erasing Hell. Available here. He talks about it in the…

What will happen to ME on Judgement Day?

There were, unsurprisingly, loads of questions as we tackled the subject of judgement day off the back of Matthew 25:31-46 yesterday (sermon available here). Some will be answered next week as we move on to look at the Biblical reality of hell. One we touched on very briefly was the very personal one – how can we be certain what will happen to us on judgment…

Are you on the road to reality?

Or, in other words, signed up for the church weekend away (25th – 27th January 2013) yet?! What’s it all about? “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete and not lacking in…