ActBC – How can you help? – Pray for us

ActBC is about encouraging gospel work in needy urban areas starting here in the West Midlands.  We are encouraged by the passion we see for Gospel ministry and church planting in our country but are also concerned that not enough is happening to reach inner city and council estate communities. Continue reading

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Planning a Preaching Series

Today at our Union Learning Community, we talked about how we would prepare to preach a series on the book of Revelation.  Here’s a list of things the group agreed we would consider as we planned the series. I thought the list was worth sharing as it is relevant to planning any book series. Thanks to the group as this was a team effort! Continue reading

Cut and run: Is it ever okay to skip over a passage in expository preaching?

On Sunday, our preachers were due to speak on 2 Samuel 12. It’s the Bible passage where King David’s sin against Bathsheba and Uriah is called out. The question got asked “How should we handle this?”

It was a baptism service, we were expecting guests, some young people among them, a good number who had probably not been to church or read the Bible before. The passage includes the particularly sensitive part I looked at in this article where David and Bathsheba’s child dies.  The questions raised were: Continue reading

David’s judgement and the difficult matter of a child’s death

When David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband murdered, he thought he had got away with it but God saw and God was not pleased. In 2 Samuel 12, God sends the prophet Nathan to pronounce judgement. David repents (you can read his confession in Psalm 51).  God forgives David, his life is spared. However, he is told:

“You won’t die for this sin.  Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the word of the Lord by doing this, your child will die.”[1] Continue reading

Power, complacency and sending (4) David, Bathsheba and a different type of sending

We’ve seen the danger of being people who “send” demonstrating power, control and complacency. However, there is someone else in the Bible who sends. Continue reading

Why theology matters

Why does training people for urban ministry matter?

Why bother joining our #TrainBC programme and studying for Union’s GDip?

Why get involved in talking about theology?

A lot of people who are keen to share the Gospel and see urban churches planted are just desperate to get on with the job. Theology is seen as complicated and a distraction from knowing and preaching Christ.

To start to answer those questions I want to ask one more: Continue reading

Power, complacency and sending (3) David, Bathsheba and the middle aged leader

This is one of those risky posts because it has its roots in a bit of speculation. So, let’ out those disclaimers in place. Treat this as a ” What if” type post rather than a ” here is the definitive exegesis and application.”  Continue reading