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Service sheets and suggested hymns to accompany the summer sermon series are now available.
Editable service sheets, including links to suggested hymns, are now available to accompany the next three of our summer sermon series. Download the sermons on video and the service sheets as Word documents here. The sermon audio files are available here. The links below will download pdf versions of the service sheets.
This week's podcast discussion about theological education and the way technology is shaping our interactions.
Clare Hendry and James Cary join Ros Clarke for this week’s podcast episode discussing theological education and spiritual formation in the light of last week’s announcement of a new theological college for the northwest. They’re also reflecting on how the online platforms we’re all so dependent on at the moment are shaping our interactions with each other, and sharing some recommendations for reading and apps.
Lee Gatiss looks at the question of whether we can please the already perfectly happy God, in this half hour teaching video from a recent meeting.
The Bible says, “find out what pleases the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10). But can we really make God smile, or even perhaps grieve him and make him sad? Is he not already perfectly happy, and not susceptible to changeable emotional reactions as we so often are?
We chase after certain things because we think they will make us happy. Knowledge, power, wealth, respect, fame, relationships — these things fuel our ambitions and give us pleasure. But does God need any of these things? Does he seek after such pleasure? He knows everything. He governs the whole universe. He’s completely self-sufficient, and doesn’t need us or anything else to “complete” him. So what does the Bible mean when it says certain things delight him, or that he hates something?
In this video of a talk I gave recently for the Southwark Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship, I unpack the issues here to do with divine speech and the doctrine of impassibility (the idea that God is “without passions” as Article 1 puts it). There’s lots of Bible, and some help from Christians across the centuries, as well as application for us today. I hope you’ll find it an engaging half hour (perhaps with a coffee and a biscuit or two).