• ‘A better story’ – 12

    Our 'better story' for sex and marriage begins as we are welcomed into God's ...

  • ‘Gentle Jesus, meek and mild’

    Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, Look upon a little child, Pity my simplicity, ...

  • ‘If the church were Christian’ – 1

    In his 2010 book, If the Church Were Christian: Rediscovering the Values of ...

  • ‘If the church were Christian’ – 2

    Philip Gulley puts it like this:- If the church were more Christian, 'affirming ...

  • ‘In my Father’s house’ – sermon notes

    Text: Lk 2:41-52 After the angels went back into heaven, after the shepherds ...

  • ‘Not only…but also’ – sermon notes

    Text: John 5:1-18  [Bible Study Notes on John 5] John's Gospel has been likened ...

  • ‘You are the Christ’ – sermon notes

    Text: Mark 8:27-38 Mark's Gospel simply bursts with energy.  Compared with ...

  • ‘You came from heaven to earth’

    'Lord, I lift your name on high' is a song by Rick Founds dating back to 1989. ...

  • ‘Welcome me, welcome my people’ – sermon notes

    Text: Matthew 25:31-46 Died recently: Leslie Grantham: jailed for murder, sacked ...

  • “All authority”

    The Lord Jesus declared: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given ...

  • “Do you love me?” – sermon notes

    John 21:15-25 I recently heard a true story about a bishop and a dentist. The ...

  • “I am the light of the world” – sermon notes

    Text - John 8:12-30 Whereas the main question in chapter 7 is, 'Who is Jesus?', ...

  • “Let the little children come to me” – sermon notes

    Mark 10:13-16 Imagine the scene: Jesus is resting, perhaps, in the home of ...

  • “This man receives sinners!”

    Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. ...

  • A day in the life of – sermon notes

    Text: Luke 4:31-44 If in the previous passage Jesus publishes his mission statement, ...

  • A demonised boy healed – sermon notes

    Text: Mark 9:9-32 It had been a mountain-top experience to top the lot. Right ...

  • A tale of two families – sermon notes

    Romans 5:12-21. I wonder how far back you can trace your family tree?  Not ...

  • Abide in Christ

    What does it mean to 'abide in Christ'? Sinclair Ferguson writes: The exhortation ...

  • Adam and Christ – sermon notes

    Text: Romans 5:12-21. There are many different kinds of people in the world: ...

  • Approaching the Gospels

    The Gospels are about Jesus - his coming, his earthly ministry, his cross and ...

  • Beginning and continuing with Christ – sermon notes

    Text: Colossians 1:1-14 Paul's letter to the Colossians is an absolute treasure. ...

  • Brian McLaren reads John 14:6

    “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except ...

  • Christ is Isaac…Jacob…Joseph…

    Tim Keller, in his recent book, Preaching: Communicating Faith in a Sceptical ...

  • Christ’s primeval glory

    Here's a second instalment from John Flavel’s The Fountain of Life (subtitled, ...

  • Completely, for ever – sermon notes

    Text: Hebrews 7 “This Melchizedek”. I’m trying to imagine a conversation ...

  • Demons, ghosts, and Jesus

    For those who accept the metaphysical reality of daimons (I'm using a straight ...

  • Disappointed with Jesus

    A recent (20th August 2011) edition of Premier Radio's Unbelievable show featured ...

  • Discussion Starters, 1 Samuel 16 – 2 Samuel 24

    There is a line in a hymn, often sung at Advent, that refers to Jesus as “great ...

  • Discussion Starters, Matt 12:1-21, Mk 3:1-6, Luke 6:6-11

    Matt 12:1-21, Mk 3:1-6, Luke 6:6-11 (a) What does Matt 12:1-21 tell us about ...

  • Discussion Starters, Mt 1:1-17

    Genealogies, such as the one found in Matthew 1:1-17, are often thought to ...

  • Do we meet Christ in everyone?

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, recently put it like this in a ...

  • Does typology imply fiction?

    It is a well-known fact that the New Testament writers often present Jesus ...

  • Everlasting Father – sermon notes

    Text: Isa 9:6 The relationship between the OT and NT is that of promise ...

  • Faith, hope and love in Jesus’ ministry

    The familiar Christian triad of faith, hope and love occur not only in the ...

  • Feeding five thousand – sermon notes

    Mark 6:30-44 Two banquets. Disciples return, excited but exhausted.  They ...

  • Feeding the five thousand – sermon notes

    Text: John 6:1-15  [See here for the Bible Study Notes on this passage] As ...

  • Fickleness, or misunderstanding?

    When preachers compare the response of the crowd on Palm Sunday ("Hosanna!", ...

  • Five things you should know about Jesus – sermon notes

    Text: Mark 2:1-3:6 Christianity is Christ.  The Christian faith stands or ...

  • Four witnesses – sermon notes

    Mark 1:1-20 A book by Philip Pullman : ‘The good man Jesus and the scoundrel ...

  • From death to life – sermon notes

    Text: Luke 7:11-17 The miracle which is about to be recounted was one of just ...

  • Gospel spirituality

    What does gospel (that is to say, evangelical and reformed) spirituality look ...

  • Healing faith – sermon notes

    Text: Mark 5:21-43 The early chapters of the Gospel of Mark present a number ...

  • Heroes and villains

    In his book Jesus on Every Page (54-59), David Murray discusses the pitfalls ...

  • How do we get from the Old Testament to Jesus?

    Allan Moseley poses seven questions that can help us to see how the Old Testament ...

  • How does Christ rule his church?

    After his resurrection, Jesus declared that 'all authority is heaven and on ...

  • How much did Jesus know?

    At times - according to the Gospel narratives - Jesus showed evidence of extraordinary ...

  • How should we refer to the Saviour?

    Don Carson writes of an awkward correspondence he had with an individual who ...

  • How the Old Testament deepens our love for Jesus

    When we read the Old Testament, we are reading Jesus' Bible - the Old Testament ...

  • Imagining the Kingdom

    'Imagining the Kingdom: Mission and Theology in Early Christianity': This is ...

  • Immanuel, God with us – sermon notes

    Text: Isaiah 7 The time is 735 BC or thereabouts.  The southern kingdom of ...

  • Jesus can keep you secure – sermon notes

    Text: Luke 8 :22-25 Fear comes in so many shapes and sizes that it has a vocabulary ...

  • Jesus in the Old Testament

    This is an unpopular thought in some academic circles; but it is the clear ...

  • Jesus in the Proverbs

    Compared with some other books of the Old Testament, it is not quite so easy ...

  • Jesus in the Psalms

    According to David Murray (Jesus On Every Page, ch. 16), 1. We sing to Jesus ...

  • Jesus, the ineligible bachelor

    In the Jewish society of Jesus' day, it was almost unthinkable that a man would ...

  • Jesus, the true and better

    'All the major figures and leaders of the Scriptures point us to Christ', writes ...

  • Jesus: inclusive or exclusive?

    'Diversity' and 'inclusion' are today's great buzz-words. Jesus, it is claimed, ...

  • Jesus’ anguish in Gethsemane

    ‘He began to be sorrowful and troubled', Mt 26:37. ‘He began to be deeply ...

  • Just like Jesus?

    It should be the daily goal of Christians to become more like Christ.  It ...

  • Love for Christ

    The love that a Christian has for Christ is a practical, as well as an emotional ...

  • Love, hypocrisy, forgiveness – sermon notes

    Text: Luke 7:36-50  [For the Bible Study Notes on Luke 7, see here] Our Lord ...

  • Matthew 5:21f – Did Jesus reject the Old Testament?

    5:21 “You have heard that it was said to an older generation, ‘Do not murder,’ ...

  • Messianic secret

    It has long been recognised that in Mark's Gospel Jesus is frequently recorded ...

  • Miracle and metaphor

    Marcus J. Borg describes himself as  ‘moderate to liberal’ scholar.  In ...

  • More? – sermon notes

    Colossians 2:6-23 Do you long for more in your Christian life?  Paul did, ...

  • Nicer than God?

    A Christian friend of mine was rather allergic to the word 'nice'.  He had ...

  • On loving the person and propositions of Jesus

    In chapter 3 of Why we're not emergent (by two guys who should be), Kevin DeYoung ...

  • One language, two religions

    It was J. [...]

  • Praying the Psalms in Christ

    In his recent (2017) book Teaching Psalms - Volume One - from text to message ...

  • Preaching Christ from every theme of the Bible

    How can we preach Christ from all the Scriptures?  Tim Keller outlines how ...

  • Preaching Christ from the Old Testament

    How can we preach Christ from the Old Testament?  Sydney Greidanus outlines ...

  • Prostitutes

    According to David Instone-Brewer, the people often referred to in the Gospels ...

  • Psalms: Prayer Book of the Bible

    Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible (Augsburg Fortress, 1970, Kindle Edition). ...

  • Questions asked by Jesus

    I posted an item earlier on questions Jesus was asked, and the replies he ...

  • Questions Jesus was asked

    Have you noticed that Jesus hardly ever gave a straight answer to a question?  ...

  • Richard Rohr’s ‘Universal Christ’

    The Universal Christ (London: SPCK, 2019) Richard Rohr's latest offering will, ...

  • Scripture: three steps forward, two steps back?

    No thoughtful reader of the Bible will deny that there is progression and development ...

  • Stilling the storm – sermon notes

    Text: Luke 8:22-25 The Gospel of Luke is obsessed with one question.  It is ...

  • The ‘cosmic Christ’ and the ‘historical Jesus’

    Over the years, a number of attempts have been made to put some kind of wedge ...

  • The ‘triumphal’ entry – sermon notes

    Matthew 21:1-16 (Mk 11:1-10; Lk 19:29-38; Jn 12:12-15) Grand entrances.  Wedding.  ...

  • The baptism of Jesus – sermon notes

    Text: Lk 3:15-23a It's been a long time since Christmas.  30 years, in fact.  ...

  • The birth of Jesus – sermon notes

    Text: Luke 2:1-18 ‘History teaches us’ claimed the philosopher Hegel, ‘that ...

  • The blessings of Immanuel

    According to Matthew 1:22-23, Jesus received the name 'Immanuel' ('God with ...

  • The call to Christlikeness

    A. God wants us to be like Christ This is his eternal purpose - we have been ...

  • The friendship of Jesus

    The Puritan writer John Flavel says, 'there are certain things in which one ...

  • The Gerasene demoniac – sermon notes

    Text: Luke 8:26-39 What a day this is turning out to be! That really was the ...

  • The Good Shepherd – sermon notes

    Text: John 10:1-21 w Ezekiel 34 John's Gospel has famously been likened to 'a ...

  • The gospel is the story of Jesus

    Many Christians feel a tension between the teaching of Jesus in the Gospels ...

  • The historical reliability of the Gospels

    Of course, for some kinds of literature, historical reliability is irrelevant.  ...

  • The land: fulfilled in Christ

    As with the Temple and Israel itself, 'the land' points to something beyond ...

  • The Lewis ‘Trilemma’ revisited

    What possible answers could be given to the question, "Who was Jesus?" C.S. ...

  • The lordship of Jesus

    Mostly, when Christians confess that 'Jesus is Lord', they mean, 'Jesus is ...

  • The obedience of Christ

    Robert Reymond writes: The NT speaks explicitly of the obedience of Christ ...

  • The people of God: fulfilled in Christ

    One of the central themes of the Bible is God's promise that he would make ...

  • The temple: fulfilled in Christ

    All God's promises (including those relating to the temple, the people of God, ...

  • The Transfiguration – sermon notes

    Text: Mark 9:2-13 The Transfiguration is one of the strangest, and one of ...

  • The water of life – sermon notes

    Text: John 4:5-15 [See here for the Bible Study Notes on this passage] We have ...

  • The woman at the well – sermon notes

    Text - John 4:29: "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. [...] ...

  • The Word made flesh

    This is based on an article by Prof Donald MacLeod in The Monthly Record, Jan ...

  • Walking on water – sermon notes

    Mark 6 Easy to trivialise: spoof job descriptions clergy and church secretary; ...

  • What did Jesus look like?

    Recently, British scientists have teamed up with Israeli archaeologists to ...

  • What happened next? – sermon notes

    Text: Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19.  (This sermon was preached at an all-age ...

  • What if Jesus did not pray? – sermon notes

    A long time ago, a young man finished an evening meal with his friends, spoke ...

  • What Jesus did for children

    Here's a helpful summary:- 1.  He illustrated the ideal of childhood in his ...

  • Who did Jesus think he was?

    If we are to take the four Gospels pretty much at face value (i.e. not as documents ...

  • Will the real Jesus…? – sermon notes

    Text: John 7:25-52 Kid McCoy was a US boxer, world champion in 1896. He became ...

  • Yesterday, today and for ever – sermon notes

    Text: Hebrews 13:8 - 'Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and for ever' ...