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Posted by Ros Clarke, 21 Aug 2017

Celebrate the great gospel truths of the Reformation with this new song by Tom Brewster, youth and children's worker at St Giles Church, Normanton.

We’re excited to present this new Reformation Song written for public worship to celebrate the central truths of the reformation.

Along with our other Reformation resources and the Reformation magazine, we hope that this song will help churches to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the great gospel truths associated with it.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 19 Aug 2017

On Saturdays, we're highlighting some great sermons you may have missed. Please let us know if you've heard a good sermon lately that's available to listen online.

Genesis 40:1-23: Ministering to others out of sorrow

In this short sermon, Jules Beauchamp gets to the heart of how it feels to be snubbed, ignored, falsely accused and opposed in our ministry - and still keep going.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 17 Aug 2017

In this article from Churchman 74/2 (1960), J.I.Packer explores what is meant by expository preaching, with reference to the sermons and teaching of Charles Simeon.

Packer’s contention, nearly sixty years ago, was that evangelical ministers wanted to preach well, but very often did not, because they had not been trained to do so. Being Packer, he turns to the past for help, and with a characteristic sprinkling of Puritan wisdom, he focusses on Charles Simeon, ‘almost the first man . . . to appreciate that it is perfectly possible to teach men how to preach, and to discover how to do so’.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 16 Aug 2017

The theme of our readings this week is that God’s mercy extends to those from all nations who come to Jesus in faith.

The Lectionary readings for the week known as Proper 15 (Year A) are Isaiah 56:1, 6-8, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, and Matthew 15:21-28. In this short video, Lee Gatiss expounds those readings for us today.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 12 Aug 2017

On Saturdays, we're highlighting some great sermons you may have missed. Please let us know if you've heard a good sermon lately that's available to listen online.

‘Quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to become angry.’

“Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all lived like this?” asks Nick Gowers as he begin his sermon on James 2. This is a very practical sermon, helping us to see where we are thinking more about ourselves than others, and suggesting ways to change that. Most of all, of course, by listening to God’s word and then doing it.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 10 Aug 2017

Melvin Tinker examines the command to love God with all our minds in this summer's edition of Churchman.

How are Christians to use their minds for the glory of God? This article proposes that we are to work to love God with our minds because he demands it, our witness is built on it, and Jesus models it.

All too often the command to love God is taken solely as an expression of emotional commitment, of heart-afire and soul-stirred. It is that, of course, but it is also, as Melvin Tinker reminds us, an intellectual love, engaging our minds as much as our hearts. Tinker gives three good reasons why Christians should strive to love God with their minds. Reason and understanding are not opposed to our faith, nor need they be ‘cold’ logic. Taking his title from Blaise Pascal’s book of the same name, Tinker urges us to have minds on fire with love for God.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 9 Aug 2017

Faith and doubt are the twin themes of our Bible passages this week, and the power of God's word which brings true perspective on the world.

The Lectionary readings for the week known as Proper 14 (Year A) are 1 Kings 19:9-18, Romans 10:5-15, and Matthew 14:22-33. In this short video, Lee Gatiss expounds those readings for us today.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 5 Aug 2017

On Saturdays, we're highlighting some great sermons you may have missed. Please let us know if you've heard a good sermon lately that's available to listen online.

A wedding, a funeral, a birth and a bath? David Bourne explains how each of these teaches us something about baptism. He begins his sermon with a very clear and helpful explanation of covenants, using Old Testament examples of covenant signs and covenant promises, showing how these are fulfilled in the New Covenant with the new signs of baptism and communion.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 4 Aug 2017

In our Reformation 500 resources, we celebrate the work of Thomas Cranmer in producing the Book of Common Prayer. This article from the Churchman archives reminds us of the evangelistic brilliance of Cranmer's great legacy.

The BCP is beloved by many for the beauty of its language, but its contribution to the growth of the church in England and beyond owes much more to its liturgical structure and reformed theology.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 2 Aug 2017

Each of our readings this week focuses on compassion for the lost, and its provision in Christ.

The Lectionary readings for the week known as Proper 13 (Year A) are Isaiah 55:1-5, Romans 9:1-5, and Matthew 14:13-21. In this short video, Lee Gatiss expounds those readings for us today.

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