Letter from the Manse

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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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And such were some of you

I’ve decided to devote this letter to a subject that you may feel you don’t want to read about. Yet it’s a subject that none of us can avoid.  As a child, I had never heard of homosexuality.  I presume the preachers I listened to skipped over certain Bible passages – or maybe I simply wasn’t tuned in to what they were saying.  In my teens I became aware that there were people who had this strange attraction towards their own sex.  But I had never met anyone who admitted to …

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Posessions tie us down

I’m in the process of moving my study up into the loft.  No, this isn’t an attempt to put Proverbs 25:24 into practice.  It’s simply a matter of room.  When we knew that John was on the way, we realised that we would need extra space for our growing family.  So I consulted the other office-bearers and they gave me the go-ahead for a loft conversion.  We hoped it would be finished well before John was born.  It didn’t work out quite like that.  In fact, more than six months on from his …

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