Twenty-one

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If you’ve been following along with Faithroots over the past few months, you’ll have got used to reading quite a few articles linked to Mark’s Gospel.  That’s because I’ve been linking in the day to day articles with the teaching programme that our church are currently following. However, once a month, we take a break… Continue reading Twenty-one

How do you respond when God shakes your world?

Today at church we were looking at “The Birthday of the Church.”  You might think we are a bit out of season for Pentecost but we’ve been working through the big story of the Bible at our monthly “all-age-services”.  As you may recall, there were different responses to the events as people heard God’s name… Continue reading How do you respond when God shakes your world?

O Thou who camest from above

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At the memorial service to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday evening in St Paul’s cathedral, a few traditional hymns were sung that are probably not so well known to many.  So, I thought I’d share them with a few reflections.  One of them was “O Thou who camest from above” by Charles Wesley. The lyrics… Continue reading O Thou who camest from above

Don’t forget Pentecost

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Today, is a day of great celebration.  We are marking an important anniversary in our history.  Today is Pentecost Sunday.  This marks the anniversary of the day described in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit came. Pentecost has sometimes been described as the birthday of the church – where it all began.  At the same… Continue reading Don’t forget Pentecost

Why I won’t be celebrating Jubilee Sunday (if I can help it)

Yesterday, I began to talk about celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  As promised, here’s why I don’t intend to make a big thing of the so called Jubilee Sunday.  The first thing to say is that my position doesn’t arise out of some passionate republicanism although my sympathies lie increasingly that way.  I’m inclined to… Continue reading Why I won’t be celebrating Jubilee Sunday (if I can help it)

When your argument proves more than you want it to…

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I’m going to try and start to wrap up my mini-series about baptism -which is more correctly about good Biblical exegesis.* Right back in my first article I said that putting the phrase “for you and your children” back into context “makes it clear that the promise is for those it is proclaimed to not… Continue reading When your argument proves more than you want it to…