Category Archives: Growing Christians

Dealing with disagreement, finding purpose in Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

You might want to disagree with me, you might be right, but it seems Paul’s letter to the Philippians deals throughout with the difficult reality of disagreement between gospel partners.   I believe the pastoral purpose is found in its closing … Continue reading

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7 false reasons to believe you are called to a pastoral office.

This morning I began reading Brian Borgman’s “My Heart for Thy Cause” which is a study of Albert N. Martin’s theology of preaching. I have no real idea who Albert N. Martin is, but you can find his bio on … Continue reading

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Andrew Wilson on Rwanda and the justice of God

This morning I read Andrew Wilson’s chapter in “Incomparable” on the justice of God and today happens to be the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan massacres.  The chapter opens with the words: In April 1994, an untold number of Rwandans … Continue reading

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The Ministry of a Messy House – a review

When the husband of an author writes a review of his wife’s book he needs to be careful.  He must take care not to over promote his wife, for fear of being clearly biased, whilst being careful also not to … Continue reading

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How should we view immigration?

There’s been plenty of media and political speculation over the past days and weeks on what will happen now that Romanians and Bulgarians have open access to live in the UK. The national narrative on immigration includes lines like: Labour’s … Continue reading

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The parable of the Welsh sheep farmer in late spring snow

On Your Farm (6:30am on Radio 4 this morning 7th April in case you want to listen again on BBC iPlayer) followed the events on a sheep farm in north Wales, where late, deep spring snow has killed hundreds of … Continue reading

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When risk and reward replace duty and love

The UK was once marked by a spirit of duty under God and love.  Men and women would go to great lengths to do the right thing for others, even at great personal cost.  This spirit has been replaced in … Continue reading

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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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Seven good reasons for marriage

In a world where Walt Disney has influenced our view of marriage as much, if not more, than anyone else, many people today view the purpose of marriage as “they lived happily ever after.”  When we enter marriage with the … Continue reading

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We need to work for growth, but what sort of growth?

There have been many growth mantras in our generation; maximise shareholder value, invest in global growth funds, aim for business growth, increase your market share, expand your property portfolio. Men in particular, and not a few competitive women, are fuelled … Continue reading

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