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Posted by Ros Clarke, 20 Aug 2018

In this short summer podlet, Ros and Amanda are discussing Vaughan Roberts' short book, The Porn Problem.

In this short summer podlet, Ros and Amanda are discussing Vaughan Roberts’ short book, The Porn Problem.

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Lee on the Lectionary: Proper 15 (Year B) from Church Society on Vimeo.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 15 Aug 2018

This Sunday’s readings in our lectionary point us to Jesus as wisdom for life.

Lee Gatiss expounds this week’s lectionary readings: Proverbs 9:1-6, Ephesians 5:15-20, and John 6:51-58.

You can also follow along with these video expositions on the Lee on the Lectionary Facebook page. We also tweet the video link every Sunday morning at 6am for those who like a morning exposition of the word to begin the week. Follow us @churchsociety.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 13 Aug 2018

This little book by Wallace Benn, based on Paul's sermon to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20 will be an encouragement to all those who minister God's word.

This week, Ros and Amanda are chatting about Wallace Benn’s short new book, Ministry of the Word.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 9 Aug 2018

Response to Ely Cathedral's support of local Pride Festival.

Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society, comments on an item in a Cambridge local news website:

Why is a Church of England cathedral promoting what is described as “primarily a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender celebration”? They are not naive, and know what they are doing. The flag will no doubt be a rainbow, but in reality it is a white flag, signalling their surrender of Christianity in favour of a completely different gospel, which is divisive in the church and endangering to the soul. There are better ways of rejoicing in the diversity of humanity — by proclaiming the joyful news of eternal life for every one of us who repents, turns away from our sin and turns to Jesus instead. Bring back the cross, the symbol of his kingdom. That is the banner under which Christians gather. But God says, “pride comes before destruction.”

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Posted by Ed Moll, 9 Aug 2018

Ed Moll reviews a new biblical theology of parenting.

Parents today face a bewildering array of information and advice in their task. On the one hand we have access to more sources of expertise than ever before; on the other hand because many of us grow up outside an extended family, we are deprived of the example of our forebears. Young parents feel guilty and confused because they have lost sight of the big picture of parenting. Harriet Connor’s return to the Bible in search of ancient wisdom yields a commendably coherent, readable and biblical theology of parenting.

The book is divided into four parts of two chapters each, with an introduction and conclusion. There are 142 pages of text with further reading, discussion questions and a bibliography of items cited.
Part One considers the Big Purpose of parents, which is to enable their children to move towards maturity in every area, because they are made in the image of God. In this light, our children’s mere happiness is a myopic and momentary ambition. Part Two encounters the Big Problem resulting from the so-called Fall, which explains why we are imperfect parents, why our children are not perfect either, and crucially, why it is impossible to protect them completely in a fallen world. Instead we can see that “our imperfections are not just a liability—they are also an excellent opportunity to show our children how to navigate real life in this fallen world.”


This review was first published in Churchman, our theological journal. Subscribe to Churchman or purchase individual issues.

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Lee on the Lectionary: Proper 14 (Year B) from Church Society on Vimeo.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 8 Aug 2018

This week's lectionary readings teach us to turn to Christ in our human frailty and be sustained by our unity with him.

Lee Gatiss explores this week’s lectionary readings: 1 Kings 19:4-8, Ephesians 4:25-5:2, and John 6:25, 41-51.

You can also follow along with these video expositions on the Lee on the Lectionary Facebook page. We also tweet the video link every Sunday morning at 6am for those who like a morning exposition of the word to begin the week. Follow us @churchsociety.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 6 Aug 2018

This week's short summer podlet is about Mark Meynell's little book, What Makes Us Human?

What Makes Us Human?
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Posted by Robin Barfield, 2 Aug 2018

Robin Barfield surveys the historical evidence for the place of children in the worship service, in light of claims that taking children out of the service for separate instruction is a modern innovation.

Much heat has been produced in Evangelicalism recently with the claim that to remove children during the corporate gathering is a modern novelty. This article argues three things: firstly, that the place of children in the worship service throughout church history has never been as uniform as is often claimed; secondly, that there has always been a tension between the comprehensibility of preaching and a child’s developmental understanding; and thirdly, that there is a parallel with a child’s exclusion from the Lord’s Supper which is critical to current debate.

It is common practice in churches in the UK and the US to remove children from the worship service: this may be for the whole time or just for the preaching of the word; this may be only those under 11, although it is commonly up to the late teens. Yet what historical precedent is there for this? Some say that it is a modern novelty which is dangerous and divisive. Often this argument comes from those whose theology is highly covenantal in nature, particularly those who would be part of the Family Integrationist Movement (FIM), a loose collection of strongly Reformed churches who hold that there must be no age or gender specific meetings amongst them. For those holding to this view, the historical situation is a key contention in their argument.

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Lee on the Lectionary: Proper 13 (Year B) from Church Society on Vimeo.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 1 Aug 2018

The readings for this Sunday bring us blessings from heaven to save us and feed us along the way to our promised rest.

Lee Gatiss explains this week’s lectionary readings: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15, Ephesians 4:1-16, and John 6:24-35.

You can also follow along with these video expositions on the Lee on the Lectionary Facebook page. We also tweet the video link every Sunday morning at 6am for those who like a morning exposition of the word to begin the week. Follow us @churchsociety.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 30 Jul 2018

This week Amanda and Ros are taking a short look at J.C.Ryle's latest little book.

Do You Pray?
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