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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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True Fellowship

True Fellowship

By Iain Clements, 23 May 2019

A couple of weeks ago I went to a Yorkshire Gospel Partnership day conference. The speaker was Steve Midgely and it was titled “Rethinking Biblical counselling in the local church”. The day ended up being a bit broader than the title suggested, and dealt with how to raise the temperature of our spiritual conversations, and how to deepen our concern for one another in the church....

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Who Serves At The Worship Service?

Who Serves At The Worship Service?

By Iain Clements, 15 Apr 2019

Recently someone recommended an article to me. It appears on the 9marks.org website - a good resource of thoughtful articles about the local church. In this particular one, “Putting the “service” back into worship service”, the author begins with a provocative statement - “Week after week, many of us attend a worship served...

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Helpful Article By Richard Coekin

Helpful Article By Richard Coekin

By Iain Clements, 29 Mar 2019

Last week I read a very helpful article by Richard Coekin - a Minister in London and part of the Co-mission network of church plants. In it he helpfully explains how we should respond to our current political situation. You can read it here - https://co-mission.org/article/briefing-on-brexit/ ...

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1 Peter

1 Peter

By Iain Clements, 23 Jan 2019

On Sunday mornings over the first few months of 2019 we are hearing from the letter of 1 Peter. As I have been preparing, I have been very struck by how similar the situation the Christians Peter was originally writing to is to the one we find ourselves in.  Every book in the Bible is the word of the Lord to us, but some take a bi...

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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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