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Church Anniversary

It was in autumn 1981 that a handful of folk began to meet in Edgeley, Cheadle Heath and Cheadle Hulme for worship, Bible-study and prayer.

We had left a church that was evangelical in name but divided in doctrine and torn apart by conflicts of personality.  We had no idea what the future held for us.  We met together simply because there was no other church in the area which we could imagine joining. There was no strategy, no plan for the future, no conviction that we were called to establish a new …

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Hymn Books

I’ve been thinking about hymnbooks.  And I’m not the only one. 

Christians everywhere are discussing hymnbooks.  In fact, they’re not just discussing hymnbooks.  They’re having blazing rows about hymnbooks.  Christians are leaving churches because of disagreements about hymnbooks.  Churches are splitting in half because they can’t agree about hymnbooks.  Pastors are being sacked because of their views on hymnbooks. 

Most of the arguments are about how modern a hymnbook should be.  Some Christians argue that since we live in a rapidly changing society, we need to be constantly …

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Conservation? Environment? Ecology?

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the zoo –  or rather, the ‘Wild Animal Park’, just outside Dalton in Cumbria.  We were away on holiday in our ‘home-from-home’ in Haverigg.  From there it’s three quarters of an hour’s drive to Dalton.  So we decided to take Jesse and John to see the animals. Carl & Wendy had been planning a trip to the park too, so they joined us for the day and we went together.

It’s a very worthwhile …

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Worship

Monday 28th November, I expect to be in London to speak at a seminar organised by the John Owen Centre, a study-centre associated with the London Theological Seminary. Perhaps of all the meetings I’m preparing for, this could be the most vital. I’ve been asked to speak on the subject of ‘Worship’. Or rather, I’ve been asked to discuss a view of worship which has suddenly become very popular.

What’s the line all these folk are taking? Well, essentially they’re saying that it’s a mistake to talk of our church meetings as ‘worship’. …

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Qualifications for Leadership

We’re coming together to the end of our sermon-series on the life of King David. We’ve traced his story from his teenage years when Samuel anointed him king-to-be, up to his old age when he handed the kingdom over to Solomon.  We’ve watched a young lad mature, come to his prime, decline and grow old.

David was very young when he was first called into a position of leadership.  We don’t know exactly how old he was when he defeated Giant Goliath, but his brothers still thought of him as a naughty …

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