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Posted by Caroline Herbert, 21 Jul 2016

How do we move on from the caricature of women's ministry being about cupcakes and colour-me-beautiful? Caroline Herbert points us to a very helpful new book...

It is always a joy to read a book which practises what it preaches. This book opens with the statement: “Profitable ministry among women is grounded in God’s Word, grows in the context of God’s people, and aims for the glory of Christ.”

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 20 Jul 2016

Lee Gatiss expounds the Lectionary Bible readings for the week known as Proper 12 (Year C), which are Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-19, and Luke 11:1-13.

God’s relationship to his people is viewed in intimate and personal ways in this Sunday’s readings. He appears as both husband and father to his people, just as Christ is the head united to his body, the church.

You can also follow along with these video expositions at facebook.com/lectionarylee.

Did you know we also tweet the video link every Sunday morning at 7am? Follow us via @churchsociety.

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Posted by Tom Woolford, 18 Jul 2016

Suffering and faith-union part II. The calling to gospel ministry is a calling to suffer.

Suffering as an effect of vital faith-union should inform our expectations of Christian ministry. The vocation of every Christian is ‘come and suffer.’ Ours is a calling to take up our cross as we follow the One who was crucified. If this is what defines the Christian life, we should expect it to define the Christian ministry also.

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