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Day 5 - John 2:13-22

Day 5 - John 2:13-22

By Iain Clements, 07 Jan 2017

For some people, the idea that Jesus ever got angry does not sit very well with who they think he is. Gentle Jesus meek and mild - yes. Jesus who made a whip and drove people out of the temple - surely not? But that is what we see in this passage. The time is the celebration of the Passover, where the Jews remembered their rescue from slavery in Egypt. We already know that Jesus is the ...

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Day 4 - John 2:1-12

Day 4 - John 2:1-12

By Iain Clements, 05 Jan 2017

John Calvin, the reforming pastor and theologian in Geneva, was questioned by someone unconvinced by the challenge of the reformation. If the gospel he (and other reformers) preached was true, then why weren’t there any miracles to prove it? Calvin didn’t reply by jumping into a big discussion about present day miracles. Instead he simply said - there are miracles to prove the gospe...

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Day 3 - John 1:35-59

Day 3 - John 1:35-59

By Iain Clements, 04 Jan 2017

It is one thing to proclaim the greatness of Jesus, it is another to watch your own disciples abandon you for him. At the start of today's passage that is exactly what happens. John cries out "Behold, the lamb of God", and two of his own followers leave him for Jesus. That is precisely the reaction John wanted and expected. Jesus then calls more disciples - Andrew, Simon Peter, Philip a...

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Day 2 - John 1:19-34

Day 2 - John 1:19-34

By Iain Clements, 03 Jan 2017

In 1:6-8 we were introduced to John, who came to bear witness about the light so that all might believe through him. In these verses we hear his witness. We can’t underestimate the impact John the Baptist’s ministry had. The religious establishment needed to know what was going on so sent a delegation to find out. John responds to them by explaining who he was in terms drawn from th...

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Day 1 - John 1:1-18

Day 1 - John 1:1-18

By Iain Clements, 02 Jan 2017

John begins his gospel in a different way to the other three. There is no mention of the angels, the birth, or the wise men. Unlike Mark we don’t begin in the wilderness with John the Baptist. We are taken further back into history. With a phrase that deliberately echoes the opening to the whole Bible, John tells us that the one he is about to write about was there “in the beginning”....

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Bible Reading Notes : John's Gospel

Bible Reading Notes : John's Gospel

By Iain Clements, 02 Jan 2017

I was talking to a member here at some point last year and he commented to me that he was struggling to find some consistantly helpful Bible reading notes. As it is the start of a brand new year I have decided to try and help him out and write some myself!  My aim is to write around 300 words of reflection on a short passage from John's gospel - working through the gospel from start to...

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Post-truth

Post-truth

By Iain Clements, 14 Dec 2016

The Oxford dictionary has declared “post-truth” to be its international word of the year. According to the Guardian newspaper: “Defined by the dictionary as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, editors said that use of the term “post-truth...

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31st October

31st October

By Iain Clements, 27 Oct 2016

There are some days in the year that I approach with a bit of nervousness. New Years Eve is one. Will I have to go to a party that seems to never end (after all, you can’t slip away until after midnight)? Will I be firmly encouraged to join in with “silly games”? The other date that gives me a similar kind of fear and dread is 31st October. I confess it’s not because I am full o...

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Paul Mallard Talk

Paul Mallard Talk

By Iain Clements, 08 Oct 2016

Over the next year at Latimer lads we are going to read a book on the topic of suffering by Paul Mallard. This Saturday we watched a sermon of his together. Here it is - ...

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Gospel Yorkshire

Gospel Yorkshire

By Iain Clements, 03 Oct 2016

Here is the Gospel Yorkshire video we saw at the church weekend. ...

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