Sarah Edwards & God’s Manifest Presence

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Jonathan Edwards records his wife’s testimony of God’s manifest presence when, in his words,  “God seemed to vouchsafe to her, for a long period, a degree of spiritual light and enjoyment, which seemed to be, in reality, an anticipation of the joys of the heavenly world.” She recorded the following, which is worth reading in its entirety: “On Tuesday night, … Read More

Girlguiding UK Promise Includes Thumbelina Lyrics

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Girlguiding UK are replacing their traditional promise with lyrics from the opening song of the Don Bluth film “Thumbelina”.  The promise used to say: “On my honour I promise that I will do my best To do my duty to God and the Queen To help others at all times To obey the Guide Law” The new promise reads: “You’re … Read More

If Christ Is Not Raised…

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If Christ Is Not Raised…1 Corinthians 15:1-34 The following sermon is in lieu of a recorded message and has been produced from the notes I used to preach at Turners Hill Free Church on 24th of March 2013 on the passage above. In Chapter 15 of 1 Corinthians Paul turns to the last major topic of the letter, the resurrection … Read More

What’s the Point of Theology?

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Theology is speech about God.  It is a science of enquiry into an inherently undiscoverable subject and is therefore dependent solely on God’s self-revelation.  Therefore, theology cannot speak a single word until God has spoken first. But what if God speaks?  What next? The biggest mistake we make is to jump straight to asking, “What did God say?”  But think … Read More

Women Bishops Etc.

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Should the Church of England have voted in favour of Women Bishops?  As an unchristened Free Church minister I am eminently unqualified to answer that question, but I do think it touches sufficiently on the wider issue of women in church leadership and that makes it worth exploring from an outside perspective. I feel the whole debate revolves around one … Read More

A Voice in Babel

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What is the best way to communicate the gospel in an age of information saturation? Ironically I think the contemporary situation is analogous to that of the Early Church when information saturation was the opposite of most people’s problem.  Limited opportunities for communication meant that evangelism and discipleship had to be complete, concise and backed up by a life of … Read More

The Crown of Creation

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It says in The Bible: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19) When we examine the world, the beauty, order and intricacy of nature floods our senses. … Read More