• Songs for a Time of Grief

    Great American theologian Jonathan Edwards once explained the purpose of music and song for the Christian in this way: “And the duty of singing praises to God seems to be appointed wholly to excite and express religious affections. No other reason can be assigned why we should express ourselves to God in verse, rather than […]

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  • Is ‘Pokémon Go’ demonic?

    Confession: it’s been just over a month now since I installed and starting playing the Pokémon Go smartphone app/game. It’s been an interesting time—with lots of light hearted moments shared with my kids as we’ve high-fived a good catch, and shared the loss of a Pokémon which has escaped my Pokéball and escaped in a […]

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  • Nerdwriter

    I’ve often heard the criticism that much of cinema and movies in general are just a huge waste of time. And to be fair, there’s lots of movies out there that fit this criticism perfectly – and you know, plenty of films and movies I’ve seen have been just that. But this is not to […]

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  • Refiner’s fire

    A wonderful little quote from Iain Duguid’s Daniel commentary on the nature of trials and how they refine us – I found it an insightful reminder that the fire refines what should already be there: We need to be careful at this point, however. There is nothing intrinsically purifying about fiery trials in themselves, and […]

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  • The Precious Blood

    From the Valley of Vision – a wonderful collection of Puritan prayers edited by Arthur Bennett. I’ve transcribed it into slightly more modern English as some of the original old English phrases I believe can be misunderstood. One common danger in the Christian life is to devalue, become calloused, or increasingly immune to the weight of […]

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  • Daniel 2, Nebuchadnezzar and the Golden Head

    We’ve just started a sermon series in the book of Daniel at SLE Church. I’m up to preach Daniel 2, Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the big statue that gets smashed by a God-carved rock. There’s quite a lot of detail in the narrative that I probably won’t have time to cover. For instance the creation imagery […]

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  • What to do with the non-Christians in Bible Study

    Every so often at our church we have a small but sizeable number of non-Christians in a fellowship group. At this point the question becomes whether a dedicated non-Christian group should be formed within the larger group. While I believe some form of Christianity Explained/Explored/Introducing God type of group needs to be provided (and there […]

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  • Paul Tripp – Awe [quote]

    I’m reading through this book at the moment – it’s a fantastic read so far. Here’s an awesome quote about ministry’s primary goal: “One generation shall commend your works to another.” (Psalm 145:4) That was exactly what I needed. It immediately hit me that every moment of ministry must contribute to this goal. Whether it’s […]

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  • Mark Driscoll is… back soon

    It’s been confirmed by the Driscoll’s themselves that they will be starting a new church plant within the next few months in Phoenix, Arizona. Those who have read this blog from the very beginning know that I have had some affection for the work and ministry of Driscoll and Mars Hill. I haven’t blogged too […]

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