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A Weightless God?

A Weightless God?

By Iain Clements, 21 Dec 2019

As I write this we are right in the middle of the advent season, and so we are in the middle of all the preparations for the different evangelistic events and services we put on - the meal, the carol services, the various end of term celebrations in the different groups. While I am thankful for the opportunity to proclaim the wonder of the incarnation, and full of joy at the numbers...

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Quotes From Recent Reading

Quotes From Recent Reading

By Iain Clements, 21 Nov 2019

I once heard someone remark that although he read lots of books, it wasn’t so much the books that had shaped him as particular sentences or paragraphs. The reading of books was worth it to come across those thoughts. That is probably overstating the case for me, but I know what he means. Sometimes in reading I have come across sections that hav...

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"I Find That Offensive" - Review

By Iain Clements, 25 Oct 2019

“When you hear that now ubiquitous phrase “I find that offensive,” you know you’re being told to shut up” These are strange days indeed. I never expected to find myself in such strong agreement with people ...

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Christ Crucified

Christ Crucified

By Iain Clements, 23 Oct 2019

It is always dangerous to assume what must be central. A husband and wife who only assume each others love will find their relationship in difficult territory sooner or later. In the same way, a church who simply assumes the centrality of “Christ Crucified” will discover that she has lost that which she thought she had. I have been struck by ...

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Joy In Repentance (In Ezra)

Joy In Repentance (In Ezra)

By Iain Clements, 17 Sep 2019

I've just finished preaching through Ezra on Sunday evenings. The opening chapters were exciting to preach. The book begins on a high. We see the Lord drawing his people back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. However the final chapter appears to leave us discouraged. The failure of God’s people is on full display as they face up to the fact they have been faithless to the Lord by marr...

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How We Begin (And End) Services

How We Begin (And End) Services

By Iain Clements, 22 Aug 2019

I don’t get to go to the cinema as much as I used to (there’s something about having young children that hinders your social activities!) I managed to go recently and was reminded of the amount of adverts and trailers you have to sit through until the film you’ve paid to see begins. Even when it does start you have to wait until what feels like a never ending series of logos of prod...

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Helplessness

Helplessness

By Iain Clements, 22 Aug 2019

I watched this talk today. In it the speaker distinguishes between two different Christianities - one right and one wrong. It’s worth watching as it’s done in quite a fresh way, and there’s a good application to the assisted dying discussion at the end. I am however pretty certain that Giles Fraser and I would quite strongly disagree on other aspects of theology! Please don’t ta...

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What Is The Church?

What Is The Church?

By Iain Clements, 02 Aug 2019

(I was asked to write this article for the next edition of infellowship, the EFCC magazine) In July there was a report in the press that Christianity is now in serious decline amongst young people in the UK. According to the Daily Telegraph on 11th July 2019— “Christian belief has halved in Britain in 35 years with just one ...

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Catalyst 2019

Catalyst 2019

By Iain Clements, 26 Jun 2019

I am very grateful to be ministering in a church which sees the value of sending their minister on conferences. A couple of weeks ago I was in London for “Catalyst”, the conference I have been to for the last few years, and certainly the conference I value the most of all I have ever been to. It is organised by the International Presbyterian Church, but it was really en...

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Leadership

Leadership

By Iain Clements, 24 May 2019

There is an apocraphal Chinese curse that says “may you live in interesting times”, and it certainly feels like we are in the midst of those. Political turmoil and uncertainty over Brexit seems to be a fact of life at the moment, rather than just a passing phase, and a common frustration I hear is the complaint about a lack of quality leadership. ...

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