I’m at the stage of life where I am resisting listening to Radio 4 and have made the – what some may call – terrible decision of having Classic FM on in the car. Middle age is cruel. It’s the growing realisation that you are becoming your father. One of the great frustrations in life is… Continue reading Health, Happiness and Security
A flatline on the heart monitor, a long beep sounds, the nurses rush in and look at you with expressions of great sympathy. ‘I’m sorry. There’s nothing more we can do.’ There’s utter helplessness in the face of death; the family crumple around the bedside and people struggle to know what to say. Useless platitudes… Continue reading Regeneration
For those of us who preach and teach, one of the most helpful things I have learned is that people pick up what we’re excited about. And it’s not necessarily what we think we’re preaching and teaching. If someone sits under your ministry for a sustained period of weeks and months they will be able to… Continue reading What do people pick up from your ministry? or It ain’t what you preach it’s the way that you preach it
In 1986 the Presbyterian Association of England hosted a conference in London. The 3 speakers were Edmund Clowney, John Nicholls and Donald Macleod. Out of this conference grew the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England and Wales. Ed Clowney’s and John Nicholl’s address have both appeared in print but Professor Macleod’s ‘Biblical Presbyterianism‘ has never been… Continue reading Biblical Presbyterianism – Prof Donald MacLeod
I recently had someone come to see me who was struggling in their church. In all honesty it would have been hard to be more depressed by what they had to say. I had very little sympathy with their complaints and said if they wanted affirmation I was the wrong man to come to, but… Continue reading How to discourage your minister in the New Year?
Stuart Cashman sent me this yesterday and I thought it made some valid points. Stuart is my colleague in IPC and the Minister of Immanuel, Brentford Ecclesiastes 7:10 Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. (ESV) “Christmas is our biggest evangelistic opportunity… Continue reading The Ghost of Christmas Past (or “Christmas isn’t what it used to be…
Alun Ebenezer was my best man, he’s the Headmaster of Fulham Boys School and author of a couple of really helpful books from EP – ‘Revelation‘ and ‘And they crucified Him’. Alun has a great gift for being able to take the complex and profound doctrines of Scripture and make them accessible and fresh. He’s… Continue reading Like us Jesus had to grow up – Alun Ebenezer