Communicating the Cross

One leftover from my days as a magazine editor is that I still get sent (not that I ever asked for it) The Church of England Newspaper. So I regularly read of the arguments that dominate the lives of my Anglican brothers and sisters. The back page of the paper is written by Fleet Street journalists from the mainstream papers. Today’s was by Jonathan Wynne-Jones of the Sunday Telegraph (a paper I never read) and he discussed the partnership between the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and then he made…

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Book Review: The Jazz of Preaching

I read this book by Kirk Byron Jones on holiday in February and it’s been sitting on my desk waiting for a review since then. I try and read a book on preaching on a regular basis as it helps me keep my thoughts on how to preach broad, gives me fresh creativity and hopefully makes me a better preacher. The subtitle to this book is ‘how to preach with great freedom and joy’ and asks questions such as can we preach with the same freedom and joy and honesty…

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Revisiting generosity

In my ongoing efforts to keep on top of all my reading material, papers, books and emails I’ve been having yet another sort through. It’s a full time job just keeping on top of it, I think I definitely suffer from information overload. Anyway, I came across Share magazine from Stewardship and wondered why I kept it. I think it’s probably because of the Mark Greene article on generosity from the story of Zacchaeus. You can read the whole magazine here (requires pdf) or the article here or the longer…

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Embracing Jesus

Today has been a great day in the life of North Shrewsbury Community Church. Most importantly because we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Not only that but one of our members (Amy A) was baptised into Christ. What a great day for that to take place. And to top it all off, a man who has been coming to church since January gave his life to Christ, in his own words ‘I want to embrace all that Jesus is!’ So I make that a celebration of 3 resurrections from…

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