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Family worship

Many thanks to all who have helped us cope with the demands of the last few weeks. I’m especially grateful for the men who stood in to take meetings while I was on ‘paternity leave’. But so many folk have shown us kindness in other ways. Thank you to those who offered to look after Jesse and John at different times, those who brought round meals for us, those who phoned, visited, e-mailed us. And thank you for all the cards, flowers, gifts that you’ve showered on the …

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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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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 …

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1689 Confession of Faith

As a church we are committed to upholding the 1689 Confession of Faith. Our constitution says that elders of the church must assent “to the system of doctrine taught in the 1689 London Confession of Faith and the 1966 Affirmation of Faith”.  The opening lines of our trust-deed say “The objects of the Church are…to promote the Calvinistic Baptist faith as defined in the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith in the town of Stockport..”

So what is the “1689″? …

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The Reformed Faith

Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield (1851-1921) taught at Princeton Seminary in the USA for more than thirty years. He was one of the greatest theologians and Bible-teachers who ever lived, but to the end of his life, showed the simple faith of a child. In all his writings, he shows that great learning can be coupled with passionate devotion to God and love for the Saviour. Among his many books, we particularly recommend Faith and Life, published by the Banner of Truth Trust.

Here is his twelve-point summary of …

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