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Tim Chester Video Interview

Tim Chester Video Interview

By Iain Clements, 05 Nov 2018

We watched this interview with Tim Chester at “Latimer Lads” - our monthly men’s breakfast - last Saturday and many of us found it very helpful. https://www.thepastorsheart.net/podcast/2018/10/23/how-to-enjoy-god-and-tim-chester-how-do-you-write-so-many-book...

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Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday

By Iain Clements, 18 Oct 2018

A few weeks ago I had a friend visiting, and we spent the day walking from Bridlington to Flamborough head. My friend has a particular interest in historic church buildings, so on our walk we spent some time looking round Bridlington Priory. In the church there was a particularly moving exhibition - to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, they had placed cardboard...

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The Sacraments (1)

The Sacraments (1)

By Iain Clements, 17 Sep 2018

On Sunday evenings I have begun a four part series on the sacraments. Here is the text of my first sermon: When we come to thinking about the sacraments, we in the evangelical church world are quite good at fighting the battles of the reformation and making sure they don’t take hold again. We are careful to state “nothing magical happens at baptism or communion”. We are rightly co...

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John Flavel On Prosperity

John Flavel On Prosperity

By Iain Clements, 21 Aug 2018

A while ago a fellow Pastor in Yorkshire bought me a very generous gift - the “Complete Works Of John Flavel”. All 6 volumes of them! While they look very impressive sat on my shelf, I felt it was important that I read them - after all they were a present! So over the last year I’ve been working my way through them, a few pages a day. And I haven’t regretted it....

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Joseph And His Glorious Robe Dipped In Blood (Part 1)

Joseph And His Glorious Robe Dipped In Blood (Part 1)

By Iain Clements, 24 Apr 2018

There was a TV quiz show back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s called Telly Addicts. One of the rounds involved the teams being shown a number of props and they had to guess the TV show they came from. The first prop they were shown for maximum points was the most obscure, then getting to the most obvious for a single point.  I...

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Book Review - Staying Fresh By Paul Mallard

Book Review - Staying Fresh By Paul Mallard

By Iain Clements, 23 Apr 2018

Even in a market as over saturated as the Christian paperback, there is one genre of book I would love to read more of. I don’t need yet another book written by a young pastor or author trying to bring a new take on old truths. Of far greater value is hearing from older pastors and Christians. Men and women who perhaps may not be quite “finishing the course” yet, but who can look ba...

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Autumn News

Autumn News

By Iain Clements, 24 Aug 2017

Although it has been a long time since I was in full time education, September still feels more like a fresh start than January. It is probably because it comes after a holiday, and I feel far more refreshed now than in the new year. As we begin this new academic year in the church there are a number of items I want to highlight: Sundays - Over the new couple of months we will b...

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James and Song Of Songs

James and Song Of Songs

By Iain Clements, 22 Jun 2017

On the face of it, there do not seem to be two more different books in the Bible than the two we are hearing preached on Sunday this term. In the morning we are hearing God speak through the book of James. It is a very direct, challenging word to a compromised church. James’ original audience thought they were doing ok - but in reality they were in real spiritual difficulty. They hear...

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Song Of Songs

Song Of Songs

By Iain Clements, 25 Apr 2017

I'm taking the unusual step of posting the full text of Sunday evenings sermon, not because I think it's brilliant or original, but because I want to be able to refer people back to it and we've got some issues with our audio recording at the moment.  If I say anything helpful I've got it from somewhere else! The newer commentaries I've been helped by include...

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Heidelburg Catechism

Heidelburg Catechism

By Iain Clements, 21 Apr 2017

Congregations in every age must see themselves as learning communities in which gospel truth has to be taught, defended, and vindicated against corruptions of it and alternatives to it. Being alert to all aspects of the difference between true and false teaching, and of behaviour that expresses the truth as distinct from obscuring it, is vital to the church’s health. (J.I. Packer)...

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