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The normal Christian life (part 2)

Mark 8:27-9:29 (read part 1 here) So should the normal Christian life be a never-ending victory parade? It looks as though it ought to be, but I’ve found three reasons in this section of Mark’s gospel why it isn’t. Mark … Continue reading

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The normal Christian life (part 1)

Mark 8:27-9:29 It’s good to read Christian books… but some of them don’t half make you feel inadequate. ‘The normal Christian life’ is the title of a classic book by Watchman Nee – which I’ve never actually read, but from … Continue reading

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Jesus preaches in Nazareth

Luke 4:14-30 Have you ever thought that there’s something a bit odd about this story? Within the space of about five minutes we go from “all [the congregation] spoke well of [Jesus]” (verse 22) to all of them being so … Continue reading

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Jesus: King and Judge (part 2)

Matthew 3:1-12 Isaiah’s prophecy (Isaiah 11:1-7) sounded pretty fabulous, didn’t it, if not mind-blowing! That’s what we all want the world to be like; but we can’t have peace just on its own, without justice and truth. Which is why … Continue reading

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Jesus: King and Judge (Part 1)

Isaiah 11:1-7 Elections are a vitally important part of modern democracy, and it is indeed a privilege to be allowed to choose your leader. But sometimes politics presents you with very difficult choices. What do you do if all the … Continue reading

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The Kings Highway

Isaiah 35 The path of the King (verses 1-7) Isaiah was called to prophesy to a nation who thought they could work out their own salvation (in a political sense). They would fail; and the inevitable consequence of trying to … Continue reading

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Salt of the earth

What’s so special about salt? We just buy it in the supermarket… These days it’s cheap and we take it for granted, but 2000 years ago it was a valuable commodity: it was sometimes used as a currency, and wars … Continue reading

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