The Teenage and Young Man Jesus, The Repentant Prophet, Chrysostom on Wealth and Ps 130

Last Sunday morning Sinclair preached an incredible sermon on the teenage and young man Jesus – many tears were shed as the beauty of Christ incarnate was unfolded. I loved the reading of the passage from the first person perspective of Jesus. Songs– Come O Fount;  Ps 139 (New Scottish) ; O Praise the Name;  Ps 105:34-45; I Stand Amazed Readings:  Acts 6:1-7 and Psalm 105:23-35 … Continue reading The Teenage and Young Man Jesus, The Repentant Prophet, Chrysostom on Wealth and Ps 130

CreationFest in Cornwall – A Festival for the whole UK

CreationFest in Cornwall – Some personal Reflections.  I once went on a Christian holiday (that is a holiday arranged by a Christian tour company for Christians) – it was nice but not my cup of tea and too expensive for this pastor! Apart from going to the Strathpeffer Convention in the Highlands when I was a teenager and speaking at a couple as an adult, … Continue reading CreationFest in Cornwall – A Festival for the whole UK

Praise and Preaching from St Peters – 29th July 2018 – Ps 83 and Romans 8:5-8

Psalm 83 is not the best known Psalm in the world – but we found it very appropriate last Sunday as we took communion.  Here is the recording of the whole service – I particularly enjoyed the singing of O the Deep, Deep Love and our traditional thanksgiving Psalm after Communion – Ps 24 to St Georges.  It was also a joy to welcome Margaret … Continue reading Praise and Preaching from St Peters – 29th July 2018 – Ps 83 and Romans 8:5-8

Romans 8 – The Freedom of the Good News; Proverbs 1 – Wisdom for Life (Sinclair Ferguson); Opticians in Burundi and Praise from St Peters

Last Sunday we looked at Romans 8:1-4 – Looking at the subject of real freedom.  This is the real Gospel.  It was wonderful to see and hear people ‘getting’ the Gospel.  Also we rejoiced in news of one young man becoming a Christian. To run and work the law commands, Yet gives me neither feet nor hands; But better news the gospel brings: It bids … Continue reading Romans 8 – The Freedom of the Good News; Proverbs 1 – Wisdom for Life (Sinclair Ferguson); Opticians in Burundi and Praise from St Peters

Reflections on Sydney Anglicanism – An Interview with the Australian Church Record

This is an interview I did with The Australian Church Record – you can get the original by clicking here  I learned a great deal when in Sydney and I hope that some of this is helpful to the church – wherever you are! The ACR was privileged to hear from David Robertson, author of The Dawkins Letters and blogger at TheWeeFlea.com, on his recent visit to … Continue reading Reflections on Sydney Anglicanism – An Interview with the Australian Church Record

Freedom and Slavery – Romans 7 and Philemon – Worship and Sermons from St Peters

Last Sunday we continued to look at Romans “In the old order we were married to the law and controlled by the flesh, and we bore fruit for death, whereas as members of the new order we are married to the risen Christ and liberated from the law, and we bear fruit for God. We need then to keep a watch on ourselves and others, … Continue reading Freedom and Slavery – Romans 7 and Philemon – Worship and Sermons from St Peters

Romans 7 – Sin and Law; Running with the Horses; Chrysostom, Psalm 62

“Every day therefore he was in anxious thought at one moment for Corinthians, at another for Macedonians; how Philippians, how Cappadocians, how Galatians, how Athenians, how they who inhabited Pontus, how all together were.  But all the same having had the whole world put into his hands, he continually cared not for entire nations only, but also for each single man”  “For do not tell … Continue reading Romans 7 – Sin and Law; Running with the Horses; Chrysostom, Psalm 62

Romans 7:1-6 – The New Way of The Spirit; Sinclair on Proverbs 1 and A Message from the Graveyard.

It was a real joy to be back preaching on Sunday –  In looking at Romans 7:1-6 and the difference between written Law and the Gospel of the Spirit.   I began with Marlon Brando, continued with Jordan Peterson, and ended with Martin Luther – “ We must ask God for divine grace, so that we may become new in spirit, willing and doing all good works … Continue reading Romans 7:1-6 – The New Way of The Spirit; Sinclair on Proverbs 1 and A Message from the Graveyard.

The Cross, the Temple and the Gospel – Sinclair Ferguson, Andy Robertson and John Owen

Last Sunday was apparently quite a special one in St Peters – if you listen to the two services you will hear why – Sinclair’s sermon on the Cross is stunning, as is Andrew’s on Ezekiel.  What struck me about both is that not only were they deeply biblical and faithful to the text, they were passionate and full of pathos and emotion.  This is … Continue reading The Cross, the Temple and the Gospel – Sinclair Ferguson, Andy Robertson and John Owen

Better than Hillsong – some great Aussie Worship Songs

One of the great strengths of Australian Christianity is its creativity.  The most famous are of course Hillsong – who, to be fair, have provided some great music. But there is a little known group called City Alight  from St Pauls, Castlehill Anglican Church in North Sydney who have produced some stunning songs which are very suitable for congregational worship.   None more so than my … Continue reading Better than Hillsong – some great Aussie Worship Songs