But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:55

An Application Disaster Class

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 *Warning: this article may be laced with a heavy dose of sarcasm*

Welcome to my Disaster Class in the ‘art’ of preaching blunt sermons! Having been a regular practioner of pointless sermons, I am thoroughly qualified to coach those less initiated in these matters. Follow these...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 06:33

Blessed Are The Critics

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Shifting my weight from foot to foot, with all the uncertainty befitting a novice, I said goodbye to the faithful as they exited “the Chapel.”¹ I was dazed in the manner that every preacher is, five minutes post benediction – when you can’t compute where you are or...

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I’m both daunted and excited to have begun a 6 part sermon series on Job with my church. These studies are likely to be moving, thought-provoking, but above all, I pray,  faith-strengthening. Here are some thoughts to help orientate us as we approach this book of darkness and storm.

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I don’t know what they’re ‘feeding them’ these days, but this challenging question was recently thrown my way by some engaged members of our Youth Fellowship. Since I floundered at the time (it was 9.30 on a Sunday evening) I want to give a marginally clearer...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 21:50

Why preaching MIGHT be a walk in the park

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imageSome of my sermon preparation doesn’t look like preparation.  In all honesty it can look rather like walking.

I’m doing this more and more: going for a gander, Thursdays, in a verdant country park. Among the dog walkers and grounds maintainers, there I am wandering the paths of...

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imageIn the last church I served I often preached for 45 minutes. One time when I fell short of that mark a dear brother encouraged me to “give us a little more.” From that point onward, I frequently did.

Now just for the record, I’m not against 45 minute sermons. I’m not againstt...

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Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:56

Unwrapping Revelation

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I’m having a rather strange afternoon and an even stranger Christmas. While Christmas lights twinkle in the corner of my eye, my head is stuck in commentaries on Revelation.

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It’s not normally what I do in the month when Christmas jingles hum away in the background. It’s just that...

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