Category Archives: Means of Grace

Why communion without a human “priest” is still communion.

There was once a prisoner in solitary confinement who had lived a notoriously evil life since rejecting the Christian faith of his parents, who had baptised him as a child. He had been caught, tried, found guilty of his crimes … Continue reading

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Holy Communion in a Venn Diagram

My sabbatical studies this summer focused on the theology and liturgy of the Communion Service in the Book of Common Prayer. One of the books which I found most helpful was Michael Horton’s A Better Way – rediscovering the drama of God-centred … Continue reading

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A Puritan Theology – Beeke and Jones ch1

Over the years I’ve read some good stuff with my Ministry Trainees. Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, Jim Packer’s Knowing God, John Frame’s Doctrine of God (A theology of Lordship) and The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, Bruce Milne’s Know … Continue reading

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Step up to serve

Well done Grace Kelly, who was on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning. At 11 years old she’s a model for volunteering, a mascot perhaps for the new government programme step up to serve, at least according whoever chose to … Continue reading

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When competition is good for us and when it’s bad

I need to admit something, for the sake of the argument in this post.  I watched The Choir last night.  It was refreshing to hear Gareth Malone tell his choir, “you need to perform and you need competition to bring … Continue reading

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Pharisee and tax collector for youth group

We watched this re-telling of the parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector in our youth group tonight, as we thought about having the right attitude before our holy and just God. Fun retelling of Jesus’ teaching. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pIQnNco5ow%5D

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Who do we believe has the initiative when evangelizing?

In Mark 1, Jesus says “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” This sentence is then often shortened, if not in reality then in our own minds, to “unbelievers … Continue reading

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Harjit Kumar – story of hope

We held our last session of the SOUL course this afternoon at Holy Trinity West Bromwich. 15 minutes before we were due to start I was praying for the guy who we’d asked to share his testimony, he was late. … Continue reading

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Christ be in my waking

Stuart Townend at his Christ-centred best, just what I need on Saturday night as I prep for the morning.

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9 marks of a great marriage

Been doing some marriage prep recently with mature followers of Christ and so we looked at the purpose of God in marriage.  This is what we came up with, this is what makes marriage great: 1. To glorify God as husband … Continue reading

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