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What is grace?

Resources, Sermon feedback

Here’s some old sermon feedback to a question that I thought was worth sharing again: Can you please explain God’s grace? Part A: Grace. In popular language, grace is the prayer before a meal, or maybe the smooth way a ballet dancer moves! But “grace” in the Bible is a word that means “generosity” or…

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On Introducing Bible Readings

Bible Readings, Sermon feedback

A number of people quite rightly asked about what I said in my sermon the previous week (on Matthew 5:17-26) about how I was unhappy with the way the Old Testament Bible readings had sometimes been introduced. Below I will reproduce what I said from my notes (for clarity’s sake and for those who missed it). But…

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Some food for thought on prayer

News & Prayer, Resources, Sermon feedback

After preaching on our relative prayerlessness, I promised our congregations a week’s worth of helpful extracts for us to reflect on. Hopefully there would be some biblical insights or practical tips that each person could pick up to pick up their prayer. Most of the extracts came from Graeme Goldsworthy. Here’s the collected links: Jesus…

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Comments from sermon on the second commandment

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Across at the Sola Panel, I’ve posted some feedback and further reflections from Al’s sermon on the second commandment.

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Removing household gods

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In response to my sermon on Sunday on the first commandment, there were a couple of helpful questions. Can you write on practical ways to kill household gods daily? I was wondering how would you recognise if a relationship god is ruling you? And how would you change it? By “household gods”, I mean anything…

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The Submissive Wife – feedback and further thoughts

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Last Sunday I preached on Colossians 3:18 enjoining wives to submit to their husbands as is fitting in the Lord – a controversial text in the modern world. A number of people gave me feedback, and I was encouraged by the kind words of those who might find the text difficult, but who nevertheless said…

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Sola Gratia – Question – Do Anglicans ever deny grace?

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Following my sermon on ‘grace alone’, I received the following question… Q. As the Catholics have added to grace, has the Anglican Church added to grace? (We are good at pointing the finger and not looking enough at our own hearts.) A. Good comment. I agree and said I would criticise Anglicans (as well as…

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Sola Gratia – Question on purgatory

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In my sermon on “grace alone” last Sunday, I mentioned the Roman Catholic practice of issuing indulgences out of the Church’s treasury of merit, which they allege may be used to help the souls of loved ones get out of purgatory more quickly. Here’s a question I received after.   Q. Where do Catholics get…

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Sola Scriptura – Question on head coverings

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Q. When I am defending Scripture, I am often stuck when asked about the verse about women covering heads in church. The statement is then made that this is cultural and no longer valid. Bible and NT certainly contain God’s Word but not all [of it] is God’s Word. Can you suggest an appropriate response…

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Sola Scriptura – Question on tongues

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Q. What is your interpretation of ‘speaking in tongues’ (which I mentioned fairly briefly in the sermon)? A. As far as I can see, ‘speaking in tongues’ is mentioned in only two books of the Bible – Acts and 1 Corinthians. In Acts 2:4 & 11, the Apostles speak in other human languages (which they…

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