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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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A note on sermon uploads

A note on sermon uploads

By Iain Clements, 07 Apr 2017

We are aware we have an issue with our sermon uploads - some of them are not playing properly (missing parts out, making them short and sometimes incomprehensible), and others contain interference making parts of them unlistenable.  We are working on finding out why this is the case.  ...

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Day 24 - John 7:25-36

Day 24 - John 7:25-36

By Iain Clements, 07 Mar 2017

At the end of the last passage Jesus offered a challenge to the crowds - “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.” As John turns his attention to recording what the people were thinking, we see that their judgement was seriously flawed. The people are puzzled that the authorities are letting Jesus teach so openly. Does this mean that they recognise he is the Chr...

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Day 23- John 7:10-24

Day 23- John 7:10-24

By Iain Clements, 18 Feb 2017

In the last reading we saw that the disciples wanted Jesus to go where the people were, to grow in popularity. But Jesus did not come to be a celebrity loved by everyone. He came to show up our sin and need of him. He does just that when he heads into Jerusalem for the feast, a day after the disciples arrive. He arrives anonymously, and can hear the questions that are being asked about ...

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Day 22 - John 7:1-9

Day 22 - John 7:1-9

By Iain Clements, 17 Feb 2017

“If Jesus is the incarnate Son of God then why did he choose to come to earth in the middle east 2,000 years ago - surely he would have made more of an impact if he’d have come to the West today, then he would have been reported across the mass media”. You can sometimes hear that kind of objection. That’s not a new objection. In verse 3 Jesus’ disciples complain that he seems ...

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Day 21 - John 6:41-71

Day 21 - John 6:41-71

By Iain Clements, 09 Feb 2017

What Jesus has just said has caused some controversy. As he continues to speak, he deals with some the objections in the minds of those listening. The first objection comes in verse 42. It is “who does he think he is?”. Some of the crowds listening know Mary and Joseph. Is Jesus getting too big for his boots - making grand claims about being bread that satisfies. Jesus answe...

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Day20 - John 6:22-40

Day20 - John 6:22-40

By Iain Clements, 08 Feb 2017

If you want to be popular, you need to give people what they want. In John 6 Jesus is at the height of his popularity. As we listen to what he says to the crowds who come searching for him, we see that he doesn’t just say what they are happy to hear. As a result, by the end of chapter 6 people start drifting away from him. This is not surprising, because as soon as the crowds find Jes...

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