Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Bible Room

The Bible Room (podcast) - Steven Copsey | Listen Notes

Steven Copsey, who is Assistant Pastor at HT Barnes, has a new podcast . He kicks it off with his excellent series 'The Story of Scripture' which he has been teaching us weekly through lockdown. If you want to see how the story of the Bible hangs together, then you could not do better than to take these talks on a walk with you.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

What's coming?

'Strategies for winter' is one of the best things I've read on the times. Do read the 'Blizzard' piece first as it gives you the context. Good to read and reflect on with a leadership team, other pastors or folk running businesses/non-profits.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

And the Lamb Wins

And the Lamb Wins: Why the End of the World Is Really Good News ...

I have often spoken here at the blog of a book written by a pal that I think might be a helpful read for you. Someone said recently that you should play word count bingo for how many times you get a text or hear said the words 'for such a time as this'. However, this book really will be a timely addition to your bookshelf.

I have seen utter nonsense posted on-line in 'This is what the Lord is saying' videos, as Pastor X from Tulsa Ohio tells you (wrongly) what God's up to. Steven, who is our Assistant Pastor here in Barnes has a sermon series brewing on all this as he gets more and more frustrated by some of the things he's hearing. As he told me this, I recommended Simon's book to him which he now has to help restore his sensibilities and his soul.

You would do well to get yourself a copy of  'And the Lamb Wins' to keep you Jesus-focused, Scripture-saturated and prayerful in these 'stay at home days'.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Staying together apart

Dear friends,

What days we live in. I intend to write, I hope daily, on the blog to encourage you, post resources, share some thoughts and generally keep you remembering Jesus is good and he's got this. We recorded our Sunday service today which was fun which will be posted on our website at 10am this Sunday.

Now you have some time and a clear diary you can catch up on the Psalm 23 sermons you've missed. Also, do listen to Steven who has joined the Team here and is teaching a great evening sermon series. If your church doesn't have an on-line Sunday service feel free to join us.



Tuesday, January 28, 2020

All things new

The Tim Keller archive is slowly being uploaded via a podcast. I listened to 'All Things New' and the last ten minutes of this sermon left me overwhelmed afresh by the gospel.  It was preached some years ago as a January sermon and you'd do well to let its message prepare you for 2020.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Monday musing

1. I am starting a new sermon series on Psalm 23 that will last four weeks. There are lots of books that are good on this but if you wanted one, 'The Good Shepherd' by Kenneth Bailey is hard to beat.

2. I am reading the 'Reappearing church' with my early morning pastors prayer group. It's a great resource.

3. The documentary 'Exposed' is necessary watching for anyone who leads a church or oversees anything to do with children or young people. One of my team who watched it described it as 'jaw dropping'. Horrific and stomach churning.

4. If you don't get Ryan Holiday's email about reading and books you should.

5. So grateful for Peter from OM who came to inspire us to global mission yesterday. If you are in London do invite him to come and speak in your church.

6. I read this quote today as I studied Psalm 23 and it struck me:

'It is clear that Christ himself was responsible for the drawing near of sinners who came to him and sat to eat with him. They came because in him they discovered themselves to be lost, and their tormented consciences found rest and peace. They loved him because they felt his love for them' 

Matta al Miskin

The Good Shepherd, p 115

7. A piece on 'Bishop's statement on Civil Partnerships'

Saturday blog-sweep

 Some interesting books for pastors The State we're in Attack at dawn Joseph Scriven Joy comes with the morning When small is beautiful