Good News on Sunday?

Posted by on 29th Feb, 2012 in Blogs and Links | 0 comments

Good News on Sunday?

Last weekend a new Sunday Paper was launched – the Sun on Sunday. It was intentionally bland to avoid any suggestion of bad taste but it still managed to sell about 3 Million copies. There were certainly no lurid stories like the infamous News of the World, but this may change when the negative public sentiment dies down and the circulation is dropping. The one sensational piece of news was Rupert Murdoch saying that The Sun had been “a tremendous force for good” Seriously? I’m not sure that anyone, even the diverse and broad-minded readership of the Sun would make such a bold...

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Men are the same as Women, aren’t they?

Posted by on 27th Feb, 2012 in Sermons | Tagged in: | 0 comments

A brief summary of the Bible’s teaching on the subject of equality and diversity in men and women exercising their gifts in the local church. To listen to Graham Nicholls speaking at the begining of our TalkBack session on Sunday evening 26th February 2012 use the links below. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. (Using Flash Audio Player) TalkBack_Gender_GN.mp3 Or click here to listen in your own player or save a copy

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John 18:15 to 27 – Forsaken

Posted by on 27th Feb, 2012 in Sermons | Tagged in: | 0 comments

How does someone go from being prepared to lose his life for Jesus to denying he even knew him? Peter might be able to tell you.  He did it.  In John 18 Peter, after his enthusiasm to fight for Jesus, is now following at a distance.  He stands with the rest of the world outside of the room where Jesus is being interrogated.  It’s a symbol of how for this moment he stands apart from Jesus, and perhaps that explains his easy denials.  How close are you to Jesus? Meanwhile Jesus himself answers with boldness and truth.  A complete contrast to Peter.  We are thankful that he does this...

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It’s ok – we can still pray

Posted by on 20th Feb, 2012 in Blogs and Links | 1 comment

It’s ok – we can still pray

A few weeks ago, in an important test case, Bideford Town Council was banned from having prayers as part of its formal meetings. This weekend, if the Press is correct, that ban has been overridden by a special order written by the government. That’s alright then! We can kill unborn babies, consider new ways of breaking up families, idolise wealth and status, and educate our children that life began by chance but at least we can still pray at council meetings. I did wonder though, assuming that most councils are not majority Christian led, why praying was even on their agenda. Who do they...

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Nahum 3 – Learning from history

Posted by on 20th Feb, 2012 in Sermons | Tagged in: | 0 comments

As we conclude this prophecy about Nineveh we see the reality of God’s judgment. There are good reasons for it, it will expose our shame and shatter our trust in material things. These words had a fatal reality for the Assyrians. They are words of warning for us which drive us to Jesus Christ who suffered the judgment that we deserved. To listen to Mark Ventham preaching from Nahum 3 at Christ Church on Sunday evening 19th February 2012 use the links below. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also...

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John 18:1 to 14 – Arrested

Posted by on 20th Feb, 2012 in Sermons | Tagged in: | 0 comments

John 18 turns from Jesus speaking to the dramatic narrative of his arrest and trial.  Even in these few verses the nature and work of Jesus is on display.  We will see that he is the everlasting Son of God who is absolutely determined to obey his Father so that none of his disciples will be lost. To listen to Graham Nicholls from John 18:1-14 at Christ Church on Sunday morning 19th February 2012 use the links below. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your...

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