I recently heard a speaker who I thought was excellent – what he said was biblical, clear and passionate. The audience loved it….but I struggled. And here’s the problem – I couldn’t work out why. There was just something that did not connect for me. I have been trying to identify the problem. Was it just me? The speaker was excellent and everyone else … Continue reading What’s Wrong With the World?
Dear Brothers and Sisters, There is something unreal and annoying about social media. It’s a bit like those holiday snaps which invariably present a picture of an idyllic time where everyone is enjoying themselves and the sun is always shining – the reality of the family quarrels, the rip off meals and the exhausting travel being left unspoken! Instagram, Facebook and to a lesser … Continue reading A Question of Identity and a Psalm of Joy – Letter from Australia 4 –
“O that God would gie us, the gift to see ourselves as others see us” (Burns). “And those things when we hear, let us also make open show of our defects, but of our excellencies let us say nothing. Or if the opportunity force it upon us, let us speak of them with reserve and impute the whole to God’s grace.” (Chrysostom) The above words … Continue reading Onward Christian Soldier – The Scottish Daily Mail
Last Sunday I was unable to be at St Peters due to recovering from surgery -but they seemed to manage without me! In fact they had a great day – the Lord is at work and he doesn’t ‘need’ any of us as his servants – as though he could not work without us! Morning Service: Leader: Stewart Macgregor Praise Leader: John Cooper Preacher: Bob … Continue reading Praise and Preaching from St Petes: Titus 3 (Bob Akroyd); 1 Thessalonians 1 (Sinclair Ferguson); What a Beautiful Name
On January the 19th I commented on the ongoing mess in the Uk Parliament – https://theweeflea.com/2019/01/17/why-is-there-chaos-in-parliament/\ Over the past couple of days the predictions made in that article have largely been proved correct. Personally I take no pleasure in that at all – in fact I am in despair for my country – because I believe we are possibly witnessing the death of democracy in … Continue reading A Parcel of Rogues – BINO, DINO and the collapse of the UK Parliament
Last Sunday as I was at the Harris Conference, Sinclair preached at both services – as you will hear it was a feast! Morning: Songs: Come People of the Risen King; Praise my Soul the King of Heaven; Hear All About It; Ps 119:41-48; Go Forth and Tell Readings: Acts 17:16-34; Ps 119:41-48 Sermon: Matthew 16:13-28 – Jesus’ Manifesto Evening: Songs: How Great Thou Art; Saviour … Continue reading Matthew 16 – Jesus’s Manifesto; Matthew 28 – The Great Commission Part 2; Sinclair Ferguson; Chrysostom
In the United Kingdom (and in some other countries – notably those that used to be part of the British Empire) the day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day. This is probably because it was a day when tradesmen and servants were given ‘Christmas Boxes’ by those they served. Others think it may have been called Boxing Day because it became a day of … Continue reading Boxing Day, Babette’s Feast, Masterchef and Chrysostom on the Lusts of Luxurious Living!
Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that Romans 8:32 contains the highest doctrine that there is. After preaching on it last Sunday I am inclined to agree. It is a profound and beautiful teaching – that is absolutely life changing once you get it and believe it. Many of us were deeply moved and assured by it. You can here the whole service here or just the sermon … Continue reading The Greatest Doctrine (Romans 8:28); Proverbs 1 and “It is Well With My Soul”
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
“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