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The Bible is in the news!

2011 is the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Authorised Version.  The BBC has given over a Sunday on radio 4 to readings from the AV.  Hundreds of events are planned across the UK, and indeed the world,  to mark the anniversary.

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God’s plan for 2011

I wonder how many of you listened to the Queen’s speech broadcast on Christmas Day.  Her Majesty reminded us that 2011 would be the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Authorised Version of the Bible.

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A Visit to the Mosque

Recently I spent a happy weekend with my friend Philip and his family.  On the Saturday I preached three times at a conference for pastors and other church leaders.  Sunday afternoon, Philip and I went to the mosque together…

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A View from the Piano

Most people have probably never thought about what it’s like to be an accompanist – to play the piano or another instrument whilst we sing to God. That’s because most of us don’t have to do it. But even those of us who do play don’t always think carefully about what we are doing or trying to achieve. For most people, when first asked to accompany the congregation, it’s a terrifying prospect; your greatest concern is to get through without making any mistakes and embarrassing yourself. …

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To drink or not to drink?

To drink or not to drink: that is the question.  Over the years, I have been asked many times to give my advice on the subject of alcohol.  May a Christian drink “in moderation” or should we abstain completely?  I was asked the question again a few days ago.  I didn’t have time then to answer the question fully.  So here’s my answer now. 

It depends.  It depends on many things.  It depends on who you are.  And what your circumstances are.  And why you’re drinking.  …

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