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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 26 Apr 2017

Each of our readings this week calls for the engagement of the heart in responding to Jesus's resurrection from the dead, and a change of direction.

The readings for the Third Sunday of Easter (Year A) are Acts 2:14 & 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, and Luke 24:13-35.  In this short video, Lee Gatiss expounds those readings for us today.

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Posted by Marc Lloyd, 25 Apr 2017

Marc Lloyd pays tribute to former Council member of Church Society, John Cheeseman, who died earlier this month.

John read Classics at Oxford and then trained for ordination at a relatively young age. He commented that he had a feeling all might go well at his Bishop’s Advisory Panel conference when the Senior Selector’s first words to him were, “Pass the salt, John, one Oriel Man to another.”

Whilst an undergraduate, John had written The Grace of God in the Gospel (Banner of Truth Trust, 1972) with fellow Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union officers Philip Gardner, Michael Sadgrove and Tom Wright, who were concerned that a man-centred gospel was being presented to the University. The book was revised by John and re-issued by the Trust in 1999 as Saving Grace in John’s name alone. John argued that: “Surely the great need of the hour is to return to the God-centred truths of the gospel and to gain renewed confidence in our Protestant and Reformed heritage.”

John was grateful for his training at Trinity College, Bristol in the glory days of Jim Packer and Alec Motyer but as John’s website puts it, “he always says that the best thing he gained from theological college was his wife Joy who was training to be a church pastoral worker.”

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 20 Apr 2017

This Sunday's readings naturally focus again on the resurrection of Christ, and particularly on the deep inexpressible joy it brings to believers who have not seen Jesus in the flesh.

The readings for the Second Sunday of Easter (Year A) are Acts 2:14 & 22-32, 1 Peter 1:3-9, and John 20:19-31. In this short video, Lee Gatiss expounds those readings for us today.

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