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Showing posts from June, 2012

10th Wedding Anniversary

It's ten years today since Em and I got married. I'm incredibly thankful to God for the past 10 years. That Saturday in Bristol in 2002 really does seem like quite a long time ago now!

The past five years have been years of massive change. We spent our fifth anniversary in the New Forest - in torrential rain! At that point we were preparing to leave the house we'd lived in for five years in Reading, and move to Exeter, changing jobs, unsure of what was ahead of us...

The landing was a bit bumpy and there were points in the first few months where we just wanted to go back to Reading. These have been years of growing up, not just because the 28 year old couple with lots of time and energy from back then now have a mortgage and two kids...  Hello grown-up 33 year olds!

The past five years have been a crucible for character change and for us growing closer. The past five years have been more physically, financially and spiritual stretching than the previous five. Sometimes th…

Who's afraid of the big bad... University experience?

There are two scare stories about Christians going to University.

I don’t think either is ever told with malicious motives. In fact they’re usually told to try and mobilise people, cos a little fear often does that! Scare stories slip off the tongue and into the general consciousness very easily... when the only thing we have to fear is fear itself...
The first is an old one and it goes like this: some research was done that shows that the vast majority drop out of the faith within five years of graduating. Various statistics accompany this. It’s widely accepted as true. It’s not. The research doesn't exist. A small study done at Cambridge suggests the vast majority press on strongly, as do my 15 years in the student world, though many can name a small number who fall.The second story is new and goes like this: a shocking 73% of Christians arriving at University don’t make it to graduation as Christians. That's 73 out of the 100 in your (larger than average) youth group wont…

Isaiah is an Evangelist!

This week we gathered our South West, South East and London Staff for a couple of days to round of the academic year, in a barn in a field near a place called Wallop in Hampshire.

And we invited evangelist Glen Scrivener to preach Isaiah for us. Which he did!

Listen and enjoy! MP3 Downloads:
Reigning and Serving, part 1. - 36mins
Reigning and Serving, part 2. - 67mins
Judgement and Salvation - 48mins
Religion and Redemption. - 45mins
Old Creation and New Creation. - 47mins

As you might guess from the titles Glen's approach is a thematic overview of Isaiah, but centred upon exposition of particular texts in the book. I commend them to you so because the gospel shines in these talks from all kinds of angles. The freshness of God's kind of king who is unlike any other... a stunner of an observation about the woes of Isaiah and what it is that really produces repentance... the place of judgement in the gospel and how the LORD is judged for us... and the glorious hope we have of the re…

MP3: Of Lovers and Whores

A three week preaching series in Hosea:

Part 1: Jesus wants our hearts - Hosea 2:14-15 - 34mins
Part 2: Jesus wants us to know him - Hosea 2:16-20 - 35mins
Part 3: Jesus wants us to be his - Hosea 2:21-22 - 29mins

It's such a privilege to unfold the matchless love of Christ for his wayward people, and particularly to my own church family.

Much credit to Jeremiah Burroughs Of Lovers and Whores for lighting my path.