Category Archives: Nominalism

Bean counting as the aim…..

We see consumerism everywhere, yes, especially in church! We see business models promoted as magical tablets to cure ailing Sunday attendance, and we also know that many think of local church instead of kingdom thinking…. I am currently reading Michael … Continue reading

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Empire, Christianity and the confusion of attractive power.

I am coming to the end of Moltmann’s ‘The Crucified God’, and I found this interesting section where Moltmann addresses issues of power, empire and the dangers of idolatry that can/do come with it. He looks at where Christian theology … Continue reading

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Preaching as a sacrament.

I was supposed to do a bit of travelling today, but the recent fall of snow has put a stop to the idea. So, instead I have settled down to continue my longterm theological project of reading Karl Barth’s Church … Continue reading

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A growing church?

Here is a little piece of Francis Chan from his book ‘Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit.’ “Even our church growth can happen without Him. Let’s be honest: If you combine a charismatic speaker, a talented … Continue reading

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A sermon for Remembrance Sunday 2012

  I don’t normally post my sermons up onto the internet, but I thought it might not be a bad idea every now and then…….   Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12 Sermon: This week I posted a comment on Facebook along the … Continue reading

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Love it….. !

Last week, I was asked in a very sincere way if Chaplaincy would provide a set of ‘Rosmary Beads’, as he really needed them to pray. I asked him if he was Roman Catholic, and he said ‘no’. I then … Continue reading

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Language and the winds of change….

I don’t know about you, but the church that I pastor is a very small church. It probably has an average age of 60 years in the congregation, and all have different preferences when it comes to choice of Bible. … Continue reading

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