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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 church meetings as ‘worship’. …

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What shall we sing?

We are asking the question today “How do we assess hymns, and how do we assess hymn-books?” I hope to do three things. Firstly I want to make a general observation about singing in the New Testament. Then I want us to look at Paul’s instructions in Ephesians and Colossians. Then I want us think a little about the book of psalms.
First then, a very general point. It is simply this. Singing does …

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