Thought for the Week

Acceptable Sins?

In the morning services we are beginning our summer series of sermons on Acceptable Sins. What are “acceptable” sins, you ask? The idea comes from a book by Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins.  Bridges explains: “We who are believers tend to evaluate our character and conduct relative to the moral culture in which we live. Since we usually...

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Take refuge in the shelter of God’s wings

This past week we have been looking after our neighbour’s chickens. I say we, but really I mean Amanda with a bit of help from our girls, which is the case when it comes to most sorts of garden-related activity. As I write this Amanda is round there putting them to bed and tucking them

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Jesus our Champion

What a great summer of sport this could be! Already, England have trounced Australia in the rugby, Murray is still in contention at Wimbledon (at least, he was on Friday morning), the (cricket) test match begins on Thursday, the Rio Olympics are starting in less than a month. What a feast for the sports enthusiasts

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Refreshing unity?

Psalm 133 is a very short, rather quirky Psalm. It begins straightforwardly enough: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.” So far so good – and I hope that this weekend at home together has been “good and pleasant” in all sorts of ways. It is the next verse which

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Tethered to Someone strong

On Wednesday in our Fellowship Groups many of us were discussing what it means to be content in the middle of suffering and hardship. Of course, it is all very well to talk about it when things are going just fine. It seems another thing altogether when people are in the middle of life-changing, heart-breaking

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The God who changes times and seasons

The referendum is nearly upon us; I hope you are planning to vote. I confess I still feel as confused as ever and all the information on helpful websites doesn’t quite seem to make it clear what to do, which way to go, whose promises to believe. What does seem clear is that no one

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Held by the hand of God

Today Her Majesty the Queen will be celebrating her 90th birthday at street party on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace, and we’ll be holding our own (slightly smaller) tea party just outside church. I’ve enjoyed flicking through the new book, The Servant Queen and the King she serves. I particularly liked the poem she quotes

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The story of your life

I love hearing about what God has been doing in the lives of Christians. It was great to hear on Sunday from Chris Stonehouse, wasn’t it. It is true to say that we can know people for years without actually finding out how they became a Christian and so, in some sense, we don’t really

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Carpe Diem!

Do you ever find yourself thinking that evangelism, that is, telling someone about Jesus, is particularly difficult these days? After all, people in the 21st century are more resistant than ever to the good news about Jesus: it seems impossible that those who refuse to believe that there could be only one truth, should ever

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Do you really care…?

On Thursday, I and a hundred or so others were asked the question: “Do you really care if people burn in hell forever?” It is a provocative question and the speaker meant it to be! As he went on I found myself reflecting that it doesn’t really look like I do care very much. In

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