Letter from the Manse (136)

Thought provoking, biblical, often topical but always worth a read!

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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. …