Letter from the Manse

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Values

What colours our church life? What gives it its distinctive flavour? What are the convictions which underlie everything we do? In short, what are our values?

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Eager to depart?

I usually check my email before I go to bed. Last night there was the usual assortment of junk mail, appointment reminders, freecycle offers and invitations to share the hoarded fortunes of African presidents. Delete without reading. Delete without reading…

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God’s Word in a Wikipedia World

I was taken aback by a conversation I had recently following a Sunday service. In the course of the sermon, I had made reference to the Great Fire of Rome. I quoted a Roman historian by the name of Tacitus.

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The Lord’s Supper

Sometimes my children surprise me by their answers to questions. They did yesterday. It started in Sunday-school. The lesson was about the Last Supper – the farewell meal the Lord Jesus ate with his disciples on the night before he was arrested.

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Hair, Hats and Headship

A very well-known and experienced pastor warned me many years ago about 1 Corinthians 11. He warned me that there is no passage in the Bible which arouses such passions among evangelical Christians. He told me of his own experience.

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