We must turn away from worshipping the false god of materialism

May 10, 2015 by

By Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman: Preparing for this morning, another 1970s schoolboy memory of the Ten Commandments crept into my mind. I seem to remember that there was an 11thCommandment doing the rounds – ‘Thou shalt not get caught’. This was the early days of the permissive society and in a way this add-on 11threspected the fact of the Ten Commandments – they were there; they were a given. Unlike the unabashed postmoderns of today, we didn’t feel free to rewrite them but adding one...

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The Ten Commandments give spiritual and moral shape to our lives

May 4, 2015 by

by Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman: When did the Ten Commandments first register with you? When did you first become aware of their existence? They first registered with me through Cecil B DeMille’s 1956 blockbuster called the Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston as Moses. I watched it as a school boy in the early 1970s and that’s when I first became aware of the Ten Commandments. I might have been told about them before that but they certainly didn’t register with me. I didn’t grow...

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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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