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Posted 15 Jul 2021

The full set of eight summer sermons is now available to download.

Eight sermons on Ephesians are now available to download in audio and video formats. These can be used in online or in-person services, on sermon phone lines, in midweek meetings or however would be most useful to your church.

1. Ephesians 1:1-23
2. Ephesians 2:1-22
3. Ephesians 3:1-21
4. Ephesians 4:1-16
5. Ephesians 4:17-5:2
6. Ephesians 5:3-20
7. Ephesians 5:21-6:9
8. Ephesians 6:10-24

We hope that these will be a blessing to weary ministers and hungry congregations alike!

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Posted 14 Jul 2021

A series of blogposts examining the issue of spiritual abuse

In the last few years, we have published a series of blogposts looking at spiritual abuse. Sadly, this subject is as important to consider as ever, so we wanted to draw attention once again to this series.

John Telford explains what spiritual abuse is and isn’t: Spiritual Abuse.
Lee Gatiss examines the Church of England’s definition of spiritual abuse and how to avoid it: What is Spiritual Abuse?
Ros Clarke looked at the Bible’s teaching of God’s Judgment on Spiritual Abuse
Nick Gowers wrote about Guarding Against Spiritual Abuse
Robin Barfield considered some of the particular dangers of spiritual abuse in ministry with young people: Suffer the Little Children

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Posted by George Crowder, 12 Jul 2021

George Crowder explores how change is central to the Christian life and gospel.

Change is upon us whether we like it or not.  We have experienced massive disruption and restriction on our lives, an experience which has changed us and will change us irreversibly.  Even when all restrictions are lifted and even when the world is out of the clutches of the pandemic, our lives will not return to exactly the way they were before.

When we say we want to get ‘back to normal’, we need to qualify that.  Normality is a construct.  Normal is aspirational; for example when people consider it normal to buy a new outfit every month.  The definition of normal is constantly under development, like how we now consider it normal to own a smart phone.  Normal is subjective: what is ‘normal’ for one person is not what is ‘normal’ for someone else from a different generation, background or country.  One could attempt a broad description of normality, but it is simply a product of shifting societal expectations.

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