Minister's Blog

Emmanuel Church Conference 2017

It's a pleasure to announce the 2017 Emmanuel Conference, Our God Reigns, jointly hosted with Christian Concern, on Saturday 22 April. Jesus declared that one day every nation would not only hear the gospel, but be transformed by the gospel. Our God Reigns is a conference for anyone who wants to be a part of this mission. Join us to expand your vision of the s...

Week-by-week Bible reading plan

Here's a simple week-by-week Bible reading plan that I've shared with a few people in recent weeks, and which others might also find useful. I covers the whole of the OT once, and the NT and Psalms twice, in a year. It also includes a ongoing mixture of OT, Gospels, Epistles, Psalms and Proverbs all the time, and breaks down Proverbs 10-31 into very small chunks of just a couple of verses each ...

Raising up Cyrus to bring down Babylon

So much has been written about the Trump Phenomenon that it's hard to know where to start making sense of it all. Personally, I found this article by David Ernst to be one of the most insightful pieces I've read so far. At the very least, it shows how God may be using this ...

The Babylon Bee

The following Bible passages all have something in common – can you spot what it is? The LORD said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with outstretched necks, glancing wantonly with their eyes, mincing along as they go, tinkling with their feet,  therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the heads of the daughters of Zion... (Isaiah 3:16-17) Wh...

Reading the OT law

We're working through the book of Leviticus in our Sunday sermons at Emmanuel, and this week we come to chapter 11, the regulations about clean and unclean foods. Understanding the significance of this chapter presents us with a particular challenge - even by the bewilderingly high standards of Leviticus. For unlike in other OT texts, where we know that they remain relevant for the New ...

A New Year's Resolution you really can keep

According to research originally published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, a little under half of people usually make New Year's Resolutions. By this coming Sunday, a quarter of these resolutions will have been broken; fewer than two-thirds of resolutions will last longer than a month; a...

Pentecostal liturgics

In a previous post, I mentioned that the biblical pattern for what we should do in which has been followed by pretty much every Christian demomination for nearly 2000 years, and that even those churches (such as Baptist, Pentecostal and Charismatic churches) that specifically tried to leave behind histori...

A biblical guide to worship

It's quite common to hear people saying "The Bible doesn't tell us how to worship God in church" or "Scripture doesn't present us with an order of service for our church meetings" or something along those lines. Not so. In fact, the Bible presents us with a very clear and simple pattern for the worship of the church, which is both expressed explicitly in the text of the Bible an...