Apostasy at the Top

Jan 30, 2015 by

A transcript from a sermon exposition of 1 Sam 2 vv 12-36, by James Paice.    ‘The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.’         – G.K. Chesterton We continue today our series in 1st Samuel, ‘Rise of the kingdom’. Let me bring you up to speed with where we are so far: in ch1 we had God’s intervention to grant a baby to a barren mother. That mother then promptly dedicates that child, Samuel, to God; and a God...

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Reflection: Your greatest need is not what you think

Jan 22, 2015 by

By David Baker, Christian Today: They made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralysed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:4-5) Back in 1998 the satirical American newspaper The Onion ran a savage spoof article entitled: “God Answers Prayers Of Paralyzed Little Boy.”The sub-heading, immediately below those words, was the simple but brutal:...

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Pope Francis: ‘Violence is overcome by love, death by life’

Dec 27, 2014 by

By Carey Lodge, Christian Today: “Following the Gospel is certainly a demanding path,” but Christians are given peace by God in all circumstances, the Pope said today during his annual St Stephen’s Day address. Speaking before thousands gathered in St Peter’s Square, Francis highlighted the witness of St Stephen – the first martyr of the Church – who he said “shows us how to live in the fullness of the mystery of Christmas”. “Stephen...

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Worship and teaching for the week

Nov 23, 2014 by

SERMONS AND TALKS 1. Three talks on The World as God sees it  – Hugh Palmer – All Souls Audio http://tinyurl.com/oz8bspk 2. NT Evidence for the Hebrew Jesus Spoke – Dr Steven Notley – Lanier Theological Library Vimeo http://vimeo.com/111429417 Commentary for Sunday 23rd November 3. Preaching Ideas and Commentary – Rev Peter Carrell http://tinyurl.com/kpdup7e 4. The Sunday Readings – Rev Stephen Trott http://laworgospel.wordpress.com/   WORSHIP 5. The bells of All Saints Church,...

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Protest and pray but above all be faithful – Archbishop Welby

Nov 18, 2014 by

At the morning communion service in full synod, Archbishop Welby preached on the suffering of Christians.  The Old Testament reading was from Daniel, the epistle from Revelation 6: 9-12 and Bshop Aggelos read the gospel – John 15: 18ff.  These are raw notes and not necessarily verbatim. Archbishop Welby said that there are two faces to the church in persecution – a face of pain and a face of faith. The pain is real. “The suffering is not romantic or uplifting, It is grim and terrifying. The...

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You cannot serve God and money

Nov 12, 2014 by

By Barbara Gauthier: During a CAPA meeting in Nairobi in early September, a number of African Anglican bishops heard Archbishop Eliud Wabukala deliver a powerful sermon on the theology of money and the spiritual danger of using it wrongly and allowing the love of it to control us and dictate our actions.  Beginning with the Biblical understanding of money as a servant, the Primate of Kenya traced how modern society in both the West and in Africa have allowed the power of money to corrupt the...

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