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This page displays messages, notes and articles written by our Pastor and our Leadership Team.

Advent hope – 3 December 2017

Today marks the beginning of Advent – the lovely season building up to Christmas Day.  The theme of this first Sunday of Advent is traditionally hope.  Christian hope is very different from what the world describes as “hoping for the best” – for instance in regard to the weather, health, football results, even world peace.  By way of contrast, and as defined…

Little by little

I have been overwhelmed by the concern, casseroles, cards and communications I have received as a result of the extremely serious / excruciating / unbearable (delete one or more (or all)) gout I have been suffering in my right foot.  One or two may be relieved / exhilarated / disappointed (again delete whichever doesn’t apply) to hear that I believe I have…

The shadow and the real thing

The Wednesday homegroup has now reached chapter 8 in its studies in the letter to the Hebrews and we were particularly blessed last week to consider the similarities and yet stunning differences between the Old Covenant under Moses and the New Covenant in Christ.  The Life Application Study Bible has a very helpful table illustrating the ‘shadow’ and the ‘reality’, together with…

In our / His thoughts – 12 November 2017

We remember again this weekend all those who have died or been injured in warfare since the First World War.  This year our remembrance is particularly poignant as it is the 100th anniversary of the three month Battle of Passchendaele, with the final assault taking place on 10 November 1917.  For many, the name Passchendaele symbolises the ‘Great War’ in one word…

The reformed church – 29 October

On Tuesday 31 October, while some will be ‘celebrating’ Halloween, many will be remembering the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, supposedly launched when Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany.  I say supposedly because there is no real evidence for this (after all B&Q hadn’t yet been established).  What did happen is that on 31 October 1517…

Still waiting – 22 October

I had hoped that I would be announcing the birth of our second grandchild – but we (and especially Fiona) are still waiting.  It is true that we are closer than we’ve ever been, but this may not be the greatest consolation! Paul, however, does write in a similar vein to the Romans – “our salvation is nearer now than when we…

‘One-anothering’ one another

There are almost 60 ‘one another’ instructions in the New Testament, the most frequent being “love one another”.  At the Wednesday homegroup last week we discussed how we can “encourage one another daily” (Hebrews 3v13) and noted that, just a few chapters further on, the writer exhorts us to “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. …

The Son of Man

When referring to Himself, Jesus’ favourite title was the Son of Man.  He used this title over 80 times in the Gospels – each time as the Son of Man (i.e. the greatest son of man of all time), not a son of man (i.e. an ordinary male human being).  Yet it is a most humble title, identifying Himself totally with humanity. …