On Preaching And Not Getting In The Way


After Ed Milliband went note-less and forgot the main points of his Labour Party conference address, some preachers have been quick to point out a cautionary tale for preachers. Use Notes! I'm not convinced that this is the

"Baptism Saves You" and "Mary, the Mother of God" - Two Sermons


It was a great privilege to preach at Worthing Tabernacle last Sunday. They love Jesus and love His word. And they graciously allowed an Anglican to preach to them on how "baptism saves you" (1 Peter 3:8-22) and on "Mary, the

I Did A Twee


Last month I made a flying visit to Australia. Here's why https://t.co/BobLVYjz7D Thanks to @AndyBrinks & these guys https://t.co/Ld99tPk4oW — Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) September 22, 2014 RU in Christ? Yr

#HeForShe and the Spectre of Spectrums


Emma Watson and #HeForShe are still trending strongly after her speech at the UN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-iFl4qhBsE TRANSCRIPT OF SPEECH The essence of #HeForShe seems entirely praiseworthy. Gender equality

Surprising my mum for her birthday VIDEO


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be9_cxJfAEI It was a flying visit last month. I was only in Australia for 5 days, but it was worth it for this. Her reaction from 3:01 was priceless :) Check out The Happy Day band too -

Podcast: Interview with Mike Reeves


Such a stimulating and encouraging time talking to Mike Reeves about knowing and sharing the gospel. We talk about his new book “Christ our Life”, as well as the exciting developments at Union Theology. In the second

Podcast: Interview with Roger Carswell


We talk about Roger's conversion, his lifetime of evangelism, preaching, open air work, tracts and books - including his latest: Before you say “I don’t believe” DOWNLOAD

Independence and Freedom in Christ


Here's a little 5 minute topical talk I gave this lunchtime. To be honest it basically "on the hoof" but perhaps the way in to the gospel through the referendum might be useful to you in conversations / talks. If you like the

On Preaching And Not Getting In The Way

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luther-preachingAfter Ed Milliband went note-less and forgot the main points of his Labour Party conference address, some preachers have been quick to point out a cautionary tale for preachers. Use Notes! I’m not convinced that this is the lesson. After all, Emma Watson’s recent speech – completely note-less – connected powerfully across the globe.

I’m not that interested in debates about whether to use notes or not in preaching. It seems to me that those kind of “how to” questions lie on the far side of a much more urgent discussion about the “what” and the “who” of preaching. Preachers everywhere have an opinion about the “how to” but I find that far fewer of them have done much serious thinking about what preaching actually is.

For what it’s worth, here is an introduction to my theology of preaching (which is heavily indebted to Luther’s threefold theology of the Word.) For me, preaching is Christ Himself heralded through human lips to needy sinners.

Jim Packer put it like this: “The proper aim of preaching is to mediate meetings with God.” Martin Lloyd-Jones said, “What is the chief end of preaching?  To give men and women a sense of God and his presence.” If this is true about the “what” and the “who” let’s make a tentative foray into the realm of “how to”…

Since preaching is mediating meetings with God, it seems pretty important that preaching have the quality of immediacy – that we are in the immediate presence of the living Christ whose word is being spoken as a divine summons. Would we agree?

I think most people would agree. But at that point some preachers want to say: “Exactly, therefore the preacher needs to get out of the way in the preaching process. They should put as little personality into their preaching as possible and simply let the Bible speak for itself.” Here they advocate for careful preparation in the study and a fairly full script for the pulpit. I sympathise greatly with the intentions here, but there may also be a mistaken view of revelation lurking somewhere. You see it is a good thing that preaching comes through human lips because God’s word is meant to meet us where we are. Human personality is not a barrier to the Word coming across – it wasn’t for Jesus, it isn’t for the Bible and it shouldn’t be for preaching. We should never bemoan the fact that preaching is a human event. We must never try to de-personalize preaching in order to get out of the way of some pure, non-human word – there’s no such thing. The humanity of the preacher is great – it’s a bridge not a barrier.

But the impulse to clear away obstacles in preaching is right. We must do that. But here’s a hunch, see what you think – it may just be that the school of preaching that says “let’s strip things back and just give a well-prepared Bible talk” is the most guilty of erecting a barrier. You see it’s possible to make the sermon itself a third thing in between the preacher and the congregation rather than it being the personal and immediate address of the preacher to the congregation. The sermon then is something the preacher brings to the service and uses on the congregation rather than being what the preacher is saying this very moment in the midst of the congregation. I remember – half a life time ago to be precise – being introduced to university lectures by a man who said “Lecturing is the process whereby facts from the lecturers notebook transfer to the student’s notebook without passing through the minds of either.”

Is it possible that preaching can end up like that? Preachers bring a pre-prepared sermon and ensure that it is delivered safely into the possession of the congregation – but it’s possible for it to go through the minds and hearts of neither. On this understanding, the sermon is a thing passed from preacher to congregation, not the very event in which the preacher addresses the congregation with living power. Am I imagining that distinction? I don’t think I am. I’m pretty sure you can sense it when the sermon is an artifice and when it is an address. I think we should do whatever it takes to make our sermons the latter and not the former.

Let me say straight away I am not advocating for preachers to make up their sermons on the spot. I do not think a “spontaneous” word is in any way more spiritual (and it’s in many ways more dangerous) than a word you’ve laboured over for hours in the study. Work hard in the study. BUT… there are ways of communicating a carefully prepared sermon where the congregation feels addressed in the moment, and there are ways of doing it where the congregation feels like the preacher is behind double-glazing. “Notes or no-notes” is not the centre of that discussion – but it is part of it. It seems to me that moving towards greater freedom from notes is a move towards a greater sense of immediacy in preaching and therefore a move towards better preaching.

Of course “freedom from notes” doesn’t mean you won’t carefully craft a full sermon script nor does it mean you won’t bring that to the pulpit – not necessarily. I’m not ruling out reading such a sermon word for word. My first 200 sermons were delivered in just this way. But it’s interesting that I would be happy when people afterwards said they didn’t notice I was reading a script. I worked very hard on making it look like I wasn’t doing what I was doing. And often that effort took me out of the moment and fixed my attention on the mechanics of the preaching rather than the word being preached.

Anyway, I need to get back to my sermons for tomorrow. (See? I believe in preparation!) Let me conclude: Preacher, as you address a congregation, it matters little how full the script is in front of you – so long as you’ve prepared accordingly. What really does matter is that the congregation is in front of you and that you preach as though they are your focus, not some artifice called “The Sermon”. Your sermon is not a tool you use to reach the congregation. Your sermon is God’s word to the congregation coming through your own lips. It is the living word of God to your brothers and sisters in the here and now. Whatever you do about notes, make sure your preaching is that.

 

“Baptism Saves You” and “Mary, the Mother of God” – Two Sermons

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It was a great privilege to preach at Worthing Tabernacle last Sunday. They love Jesus and love His word. And they graciously allowed an Anglican to preach to them on how “baptism saves you” (1 Peter 3:8-22) and on “Mary, the Mother of God” (Luke 1:39-56).

Those weren’t really my titles. In the morning I spoke about the “U-shaped” life – the life of cross and resurrection that we’ve been given in Christ. Then in the evening I spoke of the revolution in our views of God, grace and glory that Jesus brings.

The U-Shaped Life – 1 Peter 3:8-22


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The God, Grace and Glory of Jesus – Luke 1:39-56

 

 

I Did A Twee

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RU in Christ? Yr sin is crucified forever, yr righteousness is raised eternally & UR ascended to God’s right hand. 2Cor5:17-21 #EnjoyYourDay

“You’re so obsessed with the Christ, the Son of God, but what about the other members of the Trinity?” <- said far too often

NB: We do not honour each person of the Trinity by providing equal air time for the Three. There is a way to honour God – with a capital W

My editor keeps writing “OUTSTANDING” in the margin of my manuscript. So kind considering all the corrections I need to make but haven… oh

Nothing’s intractable. Nothing’s a lost cause. Jesus said “My Father is at work to this day, and I too am working.” Jn5:17 #EnjoyYourDay

The God of Easter is not into repair so much as resurrection. Therefore death is not a diversion, it’s the way.

I think Emma may be my favourite gospeller. Cant think of anyone else who uncovers our desperate need then offers Christ quite so powerfully

What holds the world together? Money? Power? The strong/weak nuclear force? No, the God-Man thru Peace-Making-Sacrifice #Col1 #EnjoyYourDay

Is it my imagination or are liturgical churches more able to hold diverse races/classes/personalities together – on a Sunday at least?

If so might it be that ditching liturgy doesn’t so much reach ‘the people’ as reach ‘the people like us’?

You are completely unnecessary but entirely loved. #EnjoyYourDay..

If Billy Graham had his time over he’d be an evangelical Anglican. But of course!

In Jesus, God is not on your back. He’s at your side (Ps 16:8) #EnjoyYourDay

Painting the nursery. I hear Muslim designers make 1 deliberate mistake cos only Allah is perfect. Well I believe in total depravity so…

You won’t find gold chasing rainbows. But there’s a Golden One who wears the rainbow – Ez1:28 – He’s come to find you #EnjoyYourDay

Oxford’s Professor of Church History says evangelicalism is all about “our choice for God.” Unfortunately he’s right

#ENGvSWI A Swiss goal here would please the neutrals

As the Father has loved Christ – eternally, paternally, unreservedly, unremittingly – so has Christ loved you. John15:9 #EnjoyYourDay

Faith = dependence. Therefore the “strongest” Christian is the one who feels their weakness the most.

Yr suffering is achieving what yr safety never cd: maturity (Rom5) in fellowship w Father (Heb12), Son (Phil3) &Spirit (Rom8) #EnjoyYourDay

Apologetics is like good works #wonderful
OTOH
Apologetics is like good works #dreadful

Sound reasoning is a wonderful fruit of the gospel
Sound reasoning is a dreadful root for the gospel

‘ALEXANDER ELLIOT ANDERSON SALMOND’ is an anagram of: ‘Eediot annexes land an’ – Lo! – Drams roll!’ And what have YOU done today?

In all your affliction He shares (Isaiah 63:9). With all His affection He cares (John 15:9). #EnjoyYourDay

Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius is an anagram of S.A. CALL DOOR STORIES CRAP: I RUN!

On trial, he claimed he had two personas: Oscar Nestorius 

 

Jer33:15-21 If, this morning, the sun sinks back down into blackness then Christ’s love can fail you. Otherwise… #Enjoyyourday

Jesus is the true expression of humanity. It’s second nature to Him

Every blessing that belongs to Christ is yours. Every curse that belongs to you is His. #EnjoyYourDay

A spinal injuries nurse just told me: quadriplegics often cope far better than those with more minor injuries. They’re grateful to be alive

Which story do we fit our own suffering into? “I was on the up until this setback…”? Or “I was headed for the pit until God…”?

Does yr listlessness, lovelessness or laziness disqualify u? No “Blessed are the poor in spirit 4 the kingdom belongs 2 them.” #EnjoyYourDay

No matter what u’ve been called in the past, u have a new name in Jesus: Hephzibah. It means “My delight is in her” (Is62:1-4) #EnjoyYourDay

It’s important for someone to sit Wales down and say: “Scotland and England both love you very much. NONE of this is your fault.” #indyref

 John11: Martha got truth, Mary got tears, Lazarus got triumph. Jesus knows how to meet your needs #EnjoyYourDay

God’s power + wisdom = a bleeding Sacrifice. Does that add up for you? Then you’re being saved. 1Cor1 #EnjoyYourDay

In Jesus, your past cannot destroy you & your future cannot derail you. #EnjoyYouDay

God’s love isn’t a warm fuzzy, it’s a blood sacrifice made 4u in all yr wickedness. So BE a sinner loved by Christ & #Enjoyyourday

Your Father warned you there’d be days like this. He also promised a Future Glory that far outweighs every ounce of suffering #EnjoyYouDay..

The Essence of Evangelism: “What do you make of Jesus? …I know but what do you make of *Jesus*? …Totally but what do you make of JESUS?”

A couple of paraphrases of 1 Peter 3:15 coming up… One is more faithful to the original than the other…

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason you’re so darned cool, clever, credible AND Christian!”

“Always be prepared to tell people it’s JESUS who got you through the hard times. Cos if u suffer well, clinging to Christ, people will ask”

Every tear wiped away. Death, mourning, crying & pain abolished. All creation renewed. Jesus face to face. #ComingSoon #Rev21 #EnjoyYourDay

Preached on “baptism saves you” this morning at Worthing Tab (1Pet3). Just preparing “Mary the mother of God” (Luke1) for tonight. #baplican

Very glad communion is the preacher’s great safety net – proclaiming Jesus’ death far better than we ever could.

Exaggeration is the deadliest of all sins. #NoExaggeration

As far as musical roles go, Yul Brynner isn’t competitive. He knows it’s all about the Thai king part

“lift our eyes to your Son
enthroned on Calvary;
and as we behold his meekness,
shatter our earthly pride;
for he is Lord for ever & ever.”
— Common Worship refrain after Psalm 2

In Christ you have peace, in the world you have trouble, but take heart: Christ has overcome the world. (Jn16:33) #EnjoyYourDay

#HeForShe rightly makes gender equality a male issue too. It rightly says stereotypes can enslave. But what Positively do our genders mean?

#HeForShe works when #He stands up for #She not when #He abandons #He-ness and #She abandons #She-ness.

- “Guevara was easy. Name another one.”
– “Given”
– “Ah, Two Che”

I always wanted to manage Slade but someone else got the Nod.

I could get used to this Man Pampering. It sure saves on bathroom breaks.

Everywhere I go I see automated crazy people. Maybe it’s psychos’o-matic

My boss hates over-familiar greetings so f I catch myself saying an absent-minded “Hiya”, I always follow up with a devastating karate chop

Beelzebeadworker: crafty devil!

I envy clocks. They have time on their hands

I hate milkmaids and all their kind. Sorry: dairy intolerant

If you like Pop, you’ll LOVE Bublé Rap.

Some modes of execution are so lame and inefficient. I recommend old style stonings: only bolder.

Of COURSE it’s called ‘nominative determinism’, what else could it be?

“Do unto others…” Just saying.

- HEY ‘I.S.’ – JUST REPEATING YOUR INITIALS MAKES YOU LOOK RIDICULOUS.
– THIS IS ISISISM!
– SEE?

Am I dominated by negativity? I’m thinking No

Coeliacs: there’s gluten for punishment

I’ve started copying out the newspaper on my body. People say I have too much Times on my hand

My dad keeps remarrying faster than my mum. Always one step ahead.

Don’t you just wish that cheese would jump into your mouth? If only briefly

Misanthropes hate do-gooders and all their kind

If you still don’t know what vicarious means, I’ve got two words for you.

Sisterly agreement: sororarity #BadPortmanteaux

Veni Vidi Vici sounds best in Latin. Unless you’ve just won at conkers. 

#HeForShe and the Spectre of Spectrums

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Emma Watson and #HeForShe are still trending strongly after her speech at the UN

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The essence of #HeForShe seems entirely praiseworthy. Gender equality is everyone’s issue. It has to be.

I subscribe to @EverydaySexism on Twitter and am constantly shocked by the abuse that women are routinely forced to endure at the hands of men. It disgusts me and it makes me triply resolved to teach men what real manhood is – not degrading or objectifying women, but honouring them. It seems obvious to me that a woman’s greatest hope of liberation and flourishing is for the men in her life to learn self-control – especially sexual self-control – and for those men to empower and bless the women in their lives. In other words it seems obvious to me that the cause of gender equality is advanced precisely where men are taught to be what men are supposed to be – sacrificial, Christ-like servants who will die for their women. Call me naive but I think a return to the Bible is a woman’s best hope for equality.

For this reason I take #HeForShe to be a well-intentioned move in the right direction. Of course it’s easy to be cynical about the zeitgeistiness of it all – a young, 20-something celebrity calling us to click on the latest website – but we can forgive it that. I think the goal is noble.

But then those goals become completely undermined by a couple of other commitments evident in the speech. At one point she says: ““It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.” Hang on a minute. I’m all for opposing gender stereotypes – which Watson does well in the speech – but let’s not oppose the distinctness of gender itself.

Emma WatsonThe irony is that undercutting “he”-ness and “she”-ness with a single spectrum will not turn out well for the cause of women’s liberation. If I am positioned on a spectrum according to my personality type, my preferences and my actions, then who will protect “an end of the spectrum” and on what basis? Spectrums get dominated – they always do – and they get dominated by the strong over the weak. Do women really want to abandon the particular protection of a given identity – one which they can proudly claim as “born that way” – and adopt a spot on a sliding scale?

As an example – you could make an argument for abolishing a men’s and women’s draw at Wimbledon. Why have these ‘opposing ideals’ – it’s a spectrum after all? You could spin this as an argument for equality, couldn’t you? “Let every tennis player identify simply as a tennis player and let their tennis speak for itself?” What would happen at Wimbledon? Men would win and women would be utterly squeezed out. The spectrum does not favour those who are weaker physically nor those who have historically been oppressed. The spectrum will only exacerbate inequalities and force the weak to fight a losing battle to be honoured.

The greatest example of this in the speech came at 4:52

I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body

It prompted the first and loudest bout of applause. It was chilling to me to see a talk on equality garnering such enthusiastic support for the oppression of the weak. What a travesty for women to applaud the ‘rights’ of the strong to eliminate all those little girls, simply because the strong can. 

I hope though that we can see how this pro-choice slogan fits perfectly with a ‘spectrum’ mentality. Richard Dawkins identified the chief problem with the pro-life position as ‘The Tyranny of the Discontinuous Mind‘. Dawkins insists that we not think in binary catergories – life or non-life – it’s all on a spectrum. The status of the child in the womb is not on an on-off switch but on a dimmer. We must be pragmatic about when we accord the child the right to protection.

In other words, it’s a spectrum. With this spectrum it’s very obvious that there is a strong end and a weak end but, crucially, it’s down to those at the weak end to prove themselves worthy of honour and protection. This is where it heads when we don’t have God-given categories like ‘life’, like ‘man’, like ‘woman.’ Without these givens (and hear the word grace in the word ‘given’) we must earn and prove everything.

“He For She” is a great idea. But it’s completely undercut if you make “He” abandon his “He”-ness and “She” abandon her “She”-ness. These have been given to us, not as ‘opposing ideals’ but as a complementary pairing. We are called, in all our distinctives, to a one-ness of love and mutual respect. #HeForShe works. #SHEEEHEEEESH does not. The spectrum is a spectre – it’s the tyranny of the continuous mind.

Surprising my mum for her birthday VIDEO

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It was a flying visit last month. I was only in Australia for 5 days, but it was worth it for this.

Her reaction from 3:01 was priceless :)

Check out The Happy Day band too – they’re awesome!

And big thanks to Andy Brinkley for filming and editing it all.

Podcast: Interview with Mike Reeves

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Such a stimulating and encouraging time talking to Mike Reeves about knowing and sharing the gospel.

We talk about his new book “Christ our Life”, as well as the exciting developments at Union Theology. In the second half of the interview, Mike puts on his church history hat and we talk about some giants of the past and how they can help us in our witness for Christ: Athanasius, Luther, Sibbes and Spurgeon.

Click here to enter the giveaway of the 6 books mentioned in this episode:

  1. “On the Incarnation ” (with CS Lewis’s intro), by Anthanasius
  2. “Freedom of a Christian” by Martin Luther
  3. “Table Talk” by Martin Luther
  4. “The Bruised Reed” by Richard Sibbes
  5. “Christ’s Glorious acheivements” by Charles Spurgeon
  6. “Christ our Life” by Mike Reeves

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Podcast: Interview with Roger Carswell

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We talk about Roger’s conversion, his lifetime of evangelism, preaching, open air work, tracts and books – including his latest: Before you say “I don’t believe

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Independence and Freedom in Christ

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Better_Together_logoHere’s a little 5 minute topical talk I gave this lunchtime. To be honest it basically “on the hoof” but perhaps the way in to the gospel through the referendum might be useful to you in conversations / talks. If you like the idea of it, steal it. If you hate it, say why in comments so I can get better…

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I began with the Scottish independence referendum. My way into the gospel was simply to say that it’s a mature democracy which allows its members to go their own way – to hand them over to the independence they want. In the Bible, God also hands us over to independence but then hands over Christ. When Christ brings us home, then we’re truly free. Sorta thing.

Not that the “Yes” campaign is sinful or that union with Westminster is anything like union with Christ! But if you talk about the referendum people will listen…

Podcast: How to handle ethical hot potatos

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How do we discuss ethical issues without descending into moralism or banging tribal drums? How can we speak of the good news when we talk about the good life?

Andy and I discuss this in reference to recent debates over abortion and euthanasia. Is there a way of holding out Christ in the midst of the culture wars?

In our episode we discuss:

My conversation with a Dawkins defender

Giles Fraser’s excellent article on euthanasia, and

Emma’s blog post: In defense of Dawkins

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Putting the twee in tweeting

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So @RichardDawkins says Downs Syndrome babies *should* be aborted – it would be immoral *not* to.

Apparently autistic fetuses may be spared but not Downs babies – they have no “enhanced” features. @RichardDawkins

While he advocates for eugenics he wears a T-shirt calling religion a disease that needs to be cured. @RichardDawkins

Remember when @RichardDawkins made his excuses for not debating WLC? One of them was that WLC advocated for a 3000 year old ‘genocide’

Dear @RichardDawkins, even if we played yr utilitarian game: A massive 99% of people with DS are happy w their lives LINK

Dawkins’ and Downs Babies Storified: some tweets that caught my eye and a discussion I had with someone Dawkins RTd

Amazingly @RichardDawkins has united pro-lifers and pro-choicers – in outrage. He wants certain babies dead no matter what the woman chooses

Today we’ve seen the diametric opposition btw Jesus and Darwin. We believe in the survival of the feeblest thru the sacrifice of the Fittest

The world is a cruel place: it even makes you earn your right to be born. But Jesus offers life to the helpless – all for free.

Evangelicalism: Making it up as we go along since 1517

No more results days with God: “Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for all who believe.” Rom10:4 #EnjoyYourDay

Avoiding congestion on the M25 is like trying to join a gigantic skipping rope made out of motorway and the rope is filled with traffic jams

Your Father has the far horizon. You have only today (Matt 6:34) #EnjoyYourDay

“I will give you over to bloodshed and it will pursue you. Since you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you.” (Ezekiel 35:6)

<< What a profound verse on evil, judgement and wrath. God makes evil its own reward while wrath = the righteous response to it

Jesus considered even *His* cross to be worth it for the glory to come (Heb12:3). Our little crosses are definitely worth it #EnjoyYourDay

He’s the Future & Fulness of the world. He’s the Future & Fulness of God. If you have Jesus you have Everything. #EnjoyYourDay

You’re so much less worthy than you strive to seem. So much more loved than you’d ever scheme. #EnjoyYourDay

Ascendant chimps or fallen children? Our visions of the good life will unfold from there.

UR not defined by yr sins, yr strengths, yr suffering or yr circumstances. UR defined by yr Spotless Saviour #EnjoyYourDay

The gospel is like social media. If you really like, you share.

Does your Christianity feel like a heavy load? Jesus is not a burden to pull. He carries you. #Matthew11 #EnjoyYourDay

Dunno the details but ISTM this could be called “Bible Teacher Sacked For Teaching Bible The Way Bible Teaches Bible” LINK

He doesn’t number yr sins (2Cor5) He numbers the hairs on yr head (Matt10). What counts with God? Not yr failures, YOU. #EnjoyYourDay

Whatever else you get or don’t get in life: Christ is yours. “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lam3:24 #EnjoyYourDay

Eternal life is not just a quantity, it’s a quality. The life of eternity is Beloved & Spirit-filled. It’s all ours now 1Jn5 #EnjoyYourDay

“Preach the gospel, die, be remembered for a tweetable epitaph.” #ModernMinistryAmbitions

The Father gave Jesus to us. Jesus gave Himself for us. The Spirit gives Jesus in us. #EnjoyYourDay

What’s the point of this week? This year? 2Cor3-4: Whatever the setback/suffering we ARE being transformed into Christ’s image #EnjoyYourDay

How have u become spiritually rich? Thru Christ’s plenty? No, thru His poverty- He was poured out for you. 2Cor8:9 #EnjoyYourDay

“Thank you Preacher, that was dull, flat, obscure & moralistic.” Of course they say “clear, faithful, helpful & challenging” but same thing

What? Redoing a Steven King horror as a Pixar adventure story? You couldn’t make It Up.

The French are selfish lovers. Every kiss says “moi, moi”

Sopranos are selfish too. It’s all ‘me me me me’.

Apple have the most selfish sailors’ app: the iAyeAye

Wanna know a selfish pasttime? Battleship spotting… Just naval gazing

My father quit his job cleaning Tube tracks after they asked him to double as a late-night ghost-buster. He doesn’t fluffer ghouls sadly

Ironically, unless you’ve already seen it they won’t let you catch 22 Jump Street

– “Were there many factors that inspired such a speedy overture?”
– “Only time” (Will Tell)

Guns don’t kill people. 9 year old girls k… No wait, it’s totally guns.

Just entered a yodelling competition. I’m in with a shout

What is ‘vicarious research’? Asking for a friend.

- “All I wanted was some cough mixture but the pharmacist just went on and on”
– “Expectorant?”
– “No I was shocked”

“YOU DON’T KNOW COS YOU WEREN’T THERE!” #Namsplaining

Extreme spiritualists need to find a happy medium

I once owned a cheese-eating insect. Briefly

My dad keeps remarrying faster than my mum. Always one step ahead.