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Posted by Ros Clarke, 19 Oct 2017

Revd Dr Rob Munro, Rector of St Mary's, Cheadle. encourages us to consider Hezekiah's Reformation as a possible model for reformation in today's church in this talk from JAEC 2017.

In this deeply challenging and yet encouraging talk from this year’s JAEC, Rob Munro examines Hezekiah’s reformation and draws out important lessons for reformation in the contemporary church. We need to see God’s sovereignty, submit to his Word, and serve his people. Rob also challenges us to engage fully in the Church of England, at all levels, as well as being fully engaged in our local communities, for the good of the Church and the good of our nation.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 18 Oct 2017

The common theme of this week's readings is not easy to discern. It might just be "God"! Or possibly "squirrels". But it certainly involves pagan emperors and hope-inspiring work focussed on a glorious return.

The lectionary readings for the week known as Proper 24 (Year A), are Isaiah 45:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, and Matthew 22:15-22. In this short video, Lee Gatiss expounds those readings for us today.

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 6am? Follow us via @churchsociety.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 16 Oct 2017

This episode includes an interview with Tanya Marlow, Christian blogger and writer, an extract from Paul and Becky Harcourt's talk from JAEC 2017, and music by Matt Searles.

Three very different testimonies in this week’s podcast: Paul and Becky Harcourt both share something of their stories in their talk on Personal Reformation from JAEC 2017, and Tanya Marlow talks to Ros about living with chronic illness and learning what it means for all of us to spend life waiting. There’s also music by Matt Searles.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 14 Oct 2017

Andrew Towner preaches at St Peter's Kingmoor, reminding the church that Jesus is better, so we need to stick with Jesus.

Hebrews summed up in six words: Jesus is better; stick with Jesus.

Drifting is all too easy. It’s not deliberate but it is tragic. In this sermon Andrew Towner calls us not to get lazy, but to be alert so that we don’t drift away from Jesus. Keep remembering all the ways that Jesus is better, so that you keep sticking with Jesus.

One for anyone feeling a little bit complacent and for anyone who isn’t, because we never know when we might close our eyes and drift away.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 12 Oct 2017

The latest edition of Churchman is now available.

This edition of Churchman spans the ages with articles discussing the super-contemporary issue of the effect of social media on sharing the gospel, back through to the 5th century with a look at sin, grace and the Spirit in the work of Prosper of Aquitaine.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 12 Oct 2017

Paul Harcourt, leader of New Wine England, and his wife, Becky, discuss how the five Solas of the Reformation need to be applied personally as well as to the church as a whole.

In this talk from JAEC 2017, Paul and Becky Harcourt share moving personal testimony of God’s work in their lives. Paul uses the five Solas of the Reformation to help us understand how and why personal reformation happens, and urges us to keep reforming ourselves in the light of the gospel.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 11 Oct 2017

This week, our readings teach us that destruction will come to the city which opposes God, as the world rejoices in the feast of salvation.

The Lectionary readings for the week known as Proper 23 (Year A) are Isaiah 25:1-9, Philippians 4:1-9, and Matthew 22:1-14. In this short video, Lee Gatiss expounds those readings for us today.

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 6am? Follow us via @churchsociety.

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Posted by Andrew Cinnamond, 10 Oct 2017

Andrew Cinnamond surveys the best of the books on the Reformation, including recommendations suitable for all ages and levels of interest.

These first few books are written at a popular level, and provide great introductions to the Reformation for all the church family.

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‘Reformation ABCs: The People, Places, and Things of the Reformation- from A to Z’, Stephen J Nichols & Ned Bustard (Crossway).
Delightful children’s book, which most adults will also love- an A to Z of fascinating people, events and places. It packs a lot of detail in, but never
feels sluggish or dull. Full of colour, artwork and humour. Highly recommended!

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 9 Oct 2017

Associate Director, Ros Clarke, and Church Society Council Member, Amanda Robbie discuss Tish Harrison Warren's book, Liturgy of the Ordinary.

In this week’s episode, Amanda Robbie and Ros Clarke are discussing Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren.

Next month’s book for discussion is Mike Reeves and Tim Chester’s Why the Reformation Still Matters.

To join in the discussion, please comment on the post at the Church Society Facebook page.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 6 Oct 2017

In this Reformation anniversary year, there are a plethora of online resources to help people understand what happened and why it matters.

It cannot have escaped your attention that this month the Protestant churches are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the actions which began the movement we now know as the Reformation. Martin Luther may not actually have nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenburg Cathedral, but whatever he did, God used to bring about an extraordinary revolution. Many people in our churches have only the haziest idea about what happened or why it matters, and this is the ideal time to help them understand more.

Here’s a round-up some of the best free online resources to help you do that. Next week we’ll have a post about some of the best books and other offline resources.

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