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Picture This Thought - Microphone [Spreading news - Easter special]

April 20, 2020
A reflection on how the good news of Jesus’ ministry, death and resurrection spread in the early church and how we can take up the challenge of Jesus’ Great Commission to take the gospel to the ends of the earth.



 

Palm Sunday sermon: Matthew 21: 1 - 11

April 5, 2020
This sermon was originally part of Durham Road Baptist's online service on 5 April 2020.

If you want to explore more about who Jesus is, the Bethinking website is great.


Find a church near you on the Evangelical Alliance church finder page.




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Stations of the cross - 15 video meditations

April 4, 2020
In preparation for Easter, our church has produced 15 short video meditations centred round the stations of the cross. Each short video features a Bible reading, reflection and song to help us focus on Jesus' journey to the cross.

I hope these bless you in your own faith, and please feel free to share with others.


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Coronavirus - opportunities for mission

March 18, 2020


In these uncertain times, many people are understandably feeling a mixture of emotions including fear and anger. For many, the things that they find security in like health, work, finances and comfortable living are being taken away. It's easy to panic. It's easy to react by hoarding tins of meatballs and packets of loo roll. But how do we as God's people respond? Here are 3 very simple things that I have found helpful:

  1. Remembering that God is still sovereign. This is not a surprise to God. Th...

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Picture This Thought - Parrot [Creation care]

February 14, 2020
A brief look at why care for the environment isn't an 'optional extra' for a Christian, but part of God's calling to all of us. We can look forward to the earth being liberated from its bondage to decay and being fully renewed, but that's not an excuse to do nothing now. Looking after God's good creation is an essential part of our worship, stewardship of resources and justice for the poor.

Read more in this post.




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8 sites for Christian Infographics

February 5, 2020
I’m a visual person. I love diagrams, maps, timelines… One of the things that I’ve found really helpful in understanding the Bible and growing in my Christian walk is looking at Christian infographics. Often they really help to represent complex information in an easily digestible form. So here are my favourites:




This is one of my go-to sources of quality charts and diagrams. There are maps, book outlines, timelines, and even a min...

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Slavery or Freedom? Galatians 4

January 28, 2020
Last Sunday I preached on this rich passage from Galatians. Here's a rough transcript of what I said. You can also download the MP3 (15 mins) and PowerPoint from the church website.

We've looked at 3 main themes in Galatians:

  1. God is saving a family (not just individuals)
  2. Salvation is coming from the Old Testament (through the promised Messiah)
  3. That saved family is marked by the faith of Abraham, not the law of Moses (external religion trying to follow rules always goes bad. Faith in Jesus brings ...

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St. Patrick's Breastplate (I Arise Today)

January 21, 2020


Some excerpts from St. Patrick's famous prayer:

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent for the judgment of Doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of h...

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Picture This Thought - Temple [God’s presence]

January 7, 2020
Where can we go to meet with God and how can the gap between a holy God and a rebellious people be bridged? A short explanation of the meaning of the temple for God’s people and the new way that Jesus has opened up for us to know God.

See also the Bible Project video on the Temple


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Book Recommendations 2019

December 27, 2019
It's become traditional that I round off the year with a survey of my reading and a few recommendations of books that I think are interesting, challenging, moving, informative or just fun.

Here are the numbers of books I read for the last four years:

2016 40
2017 134
2018 54
2019 80

As with last year, it was a real mixture of stuff, with probably more Christian titles in preparation for talks and assignments. Here's my round up of the best.

Top Christian




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