Romans 6 – True Freedom – Praise and Preaching from St Peters

“What is the end of all church-order, assemblies, and worship?  What is a church?  Is it not a company of sinners gathered together, according to God’s appointment, to give glory and praise to him for pardoning grace, for the forgiveness of sins, and to yield to him that obedience which he requires from us on the account of his having so dealt with us?  This … Continue reading Romans 6 – True Freedom – Praise and Preaching from St Peters

Ecclesiastes 5: What is the nature of true worship?

This weeks Ecclesiastes column in Christian Today – perhaps appropriate for your worship tomorrow? Solomon has identified many of the problems that we face in life today – the meaninglessness of it all – and he has shown that all of our solutions don’t bring real meaning. He had visited the courtroom, the marketplace, the travellers’ way and the palace. Now, in Ecclesiastes 5: 1-7, he … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 5: What is the nature of true worship?

Esther, Ephesians and Worship from St Peters with David Meredith and Craig Anderson

Last Sunday I had the privilege of preaching on the North Coast of Northern Ireland – the preachers in St Peters were David Meredith and Craig Anderson. David is one of the best preachers of Old Testament narrative I have heard – he preached a great sermon on Esther… Songs – Before the Throne;   Ps 139 (New Scottish); You are the Only One;  Psalm 85; … Continue reading Esther, Ephesians and Worship from St Peters with David Meredith and Craig Anderson

Ecclesiastes 4: Politics and the wisdom of Solomon

This article was published first on Christian Today –  ‘Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.’ President Roosevelt’s wise saying still resonates today and would certainly have appealed to Solomon. After considering the question of loneliness, Solomon now turns to politics. The two are not unrelated. Sometimes our politicians look as though they are very alone. Occasionally I feel sorrow for … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 4: Politics and the wisdom of Solomon

Psalm 81 (What God requires and gives in worship), Ephesians 3 and Praise, Prayer, reading and preaching from St Peters

Last Sunday we had a phenomenal Lord’s Day – it was a time of celebration, joy and hearing from the Lord.  I thought the sung praise was especially powerful.  We now make the whole service (apart from the pastoral and mission prayers) available online.  You can subscribe to the podcast (or we also have one that is just the sermon) or listen to it on … Continue reading Psalm 81 (What God requires and gives in worship), Ephesians 3 and Praise, Prayer, reading and preaching from St Peters

The Cure for Loneliness – the Cord of Three Strands – (Ecclesiastes 4:7-12)

(An edited edition of this article was first published on Christian Today here – ) Since the government is the highest authority known to secular man, it must be the solution to every problem. Including the problem of loneliness. Thus Prime Minister Theresa May, in response to a report from the Jo Cox Commission, has appointed a minister for loneliness, Tracey Crouch. Loneliness is not a … Continue reading The Cure for Loneliness – the Cord of Three Strands – (Ecclesiastes 4:7-12)

The Chalke Conversation – Agreement and Disagreement

An edited version of this article was published on the Premier Website – here.  It was edited because of length, but I think the issue is so important that I should reproduce the whole article here.  I wrote The Anti-Christ Message of Steve Chalke  and then this reply The Chalke Response  Steve has refused to have a conversation with me or to discuss it, but that did … Continue reading The Chalke Conversation – Agreement and Disagreement

Ecclesiastes 4: Oppression, envy and contentment

This article is the latest in my Ecclesiastes series on Christian Today Jordan Peterson’s bestselling 12 Rules for Life is an unusual self-help book. It talks about sin and the fact that life actually is suffering. It doesn’t appear very cheerful – but it is realistic. It’s why I prefer the Blues to Britney – reality is a whole lot more helpful. Ecclesiastes 4: 1-6 moves on … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 4: Oppression, envy and contentment

John 11:1-6 – Jesus Cuncator; O the Deep, Deep, Love of Jesus

For some reason the morning sermon did not record but the evening one from Sinclair was absolutely stunning….it was on John 11: 1-16 and entitled  ‘Jesus Cunctator’ (if you want to know what it means listen below! ) In the morning I preached on Romans 5:1-5 “Peace, Hope, Glory and Love”.  Here is one of the quotes from it… “And by the word stand, he … Continue reading John 11:1-6 – Jesus Cuncator; O the Deep, Deep, Love of Jesus

Ecclesiastes 3: The Naked Ape and Eternal Life

The late Christopher Hitchins in his last book made one of the saddest statements I have ever heard: ‘I don’t have a body, I am a body.’ If that were true then the company in Arizona that believes in cryonics might be worth checking out. It freezes human bodies at minus 320 degrees in the hope that some day in the future they can unfreeze … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 3: The Naked Ape and Eternal Life