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Out of tune

June 12, 2015

Why a debate over a hymn proves central to Christianity. -Gordon Coleman- When Mary Louise Bringle, chairwoman of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Committee on Congregational Song, undertook to write an article in The Christian Century about impending publication of a new denominational Read More...

Awake indeed!

June 1, 2015

Revival renews not only the church but the world -Stuart Piggin- ‘Tis not unlikely that this work of God’s Spirit, that is so extraordinary and wonderful, is the dawning, or at least a prelude, of that glorious work of God, so often foretold in Scripture, which in the progress and issue of Read More...

God’s self-portrait

June 1, 2015

The 10 Commandments teach us much more than how to behave -Gordon Coleman- “A sermon series on the Ten Commandments? Why would you do that?” I looked to see if he was joking, but I could tell from the look on my friend’s face that he was deadly serious: “What possible benefit could there Read More...

So help me, God

May 29, 2015

Preaching is too important to prepare unaided. -Peter Owen- There it is again. That sinking, anxious feeling in my guts. I’ve had it every week over decades of preaching. Sunday’s a comin’. I’m called again to preach from God’s holy Word to God’s holy Church. “Not many of you Read More...

Preaching with purpose

May 28, 2015

Application is the missing element that helps the gospel transform lives -Murray Capill talks to Peter Hastie- Dr Murray Capill has pastored churches in New Zealand and Australia and is the principal of the Reformed Theological College, Geelong, Victoria, where he lectures in preaching and pastoral Read More...

Lessons of holy furniture

May 27, 2015

How the Tabernacle illuminates Jesus’ life and purpose -Mark Powell- Not long ago, I decided to preach through the book of Exodus. It was a thrilling experience…until I came to the chapters dealing with the construction of the tabernacle. To make matters “worse” (from a preaching Read More...

Useful Lists

May 25, 2015

The people of God in action are the hero of Ezra-Nehemiah. -Greg Goswell- The book of Ezra-Nehemiah, like the opening of Matthew’s Gospel, confronts us with genealogies. These lists do not make for easy or interesting reading in church, nor is it immediately obvious what message we are to Read More...

Well ruled

May 20, 2015

Who shall lead, teach and pastor the Church? Scripture is clear. -Stephen Moore- Many Christians assume that the Bible does not prescribe a pattern of church structure. It’s a common assumption in a world that values the efficiency, productivity and hierarchy found in successful corporations. But Read More...

Right Royal Mess

May 8, 2015

What the Kings teach us: how not to. -John Davies- The book of Kings gives us a window on a period of Israel’s history from its second monarch through to its last. “So what?” we may say. “What if we are just not into ancient history? How does knowing about Solomon’s architectural grand Read More...

A Mature Faith

April 8, 2015

It might be straightforward enough to attempt an exposition of the letter of James. Such an attempt would include a portrait of the original author, a historical reconstruction of the churches to which James was writing, an explanation of the letter’s main themes and so on. While all of this is undoubtedly useful James would, I believe, be disappointed. Read More...