Silence must fall (1 Corinthians 14:26-40 – Orderly Worship)

After School Club -excitable kids want to play with the toys, run off steam, tell us all about their days and what is going on.  Sometimes very chaotic and we have to work hard to get some peace and quiet in which they can listen.

Could church life get a bit like that too? Everyone learning to use their gifts, excited, wanting to be heard.

Added to that, there’s all the other noise in our lives, the worries about paying the bills, the decision about an elderly relative’s care, the difficult conversation you need to have with a colleague, boss or employee, University applications to get in etc. Continue reading


Preaching Revelation – Going Long

When preaching through Revelation, I suggest picking up on large sections (1-2 chapters at a time). This enables the congregation to stand back and see the big picture – which I’ve suggested is the priority with a book like this.

What are the risks/challenges to doing this? Well a couple have been suggested as follows: Continue reading

Teaching Revelation

So we’ve learnt lots about the book of Revelation in terms of its genre, authorship, date and all the different approaches to interpreting it. This is all well and good but could leave us with just an interesting intellectual exercise. Continue reading

Revelation overview

Prologue – A vision of the risen Jesus (ch 1)

Revelation 1 The Lord of the church

Prologue and Greeting to the churches

From “John” -see introductory notes on authorship -he is a partner in suffering – not removed from it. An exile.  Strong NT theme -exiles, strangers in this world (literal and many cases) but citizens of Heaven. Continue reading

Interpreting Revelation

Revelation has proved one of the most controversial books in the New Testament. One reason for this is that different people have taken different approaches to interpreting it, Continue reading

Reading Revelation

As I mentioned the other week, I’m just starting to delve into the book of Revelation. We are hoping to run a preaching series on this amazing book at some point in 2017 and I wanted to carve out some time to do some preparatory work on this.  Because we team teach at Bearwood, it means I can create space to do some forward thinking. It also means that as preachers and teacher we then try to look ahead together and have a common understanding of what God’s Word is saying to us (so this prep work is both necessary and possible).

Here’s an invitation to join me in my study as we explore the topic together. So let’s kick off with some introductory background. Continue reading