David Cursed and in exile (Preaching 2 Samuel 14-24 part 5)

I think that 2 Samuel 16-17 is central to the Absalom story. This is the part where David goes into exile. How do we exegete this section? Well if I am looking at an Old Testament passage, here’s how I would approach it. Continue reading


Biblical Theology and Absalom’s Rebellion (Preaching 2 Samuel 14- 24 part 4)

Graeme Goldsworthy and Chris Wright have helped us to think about Biblical Theology in terms of the paradigm that God’s People live under God’s Blessing in God’s land or God’s place. How do we see this paradigm at work in 2 Samuel 14 – 24? Here are some thoughts. Continue reading

The dilemma you don’t need to have

So, one of the dilemmas people sometimes struggle with when thinking about urban mission is that they want to communicate the Gospel and that means teaching the Bible but that means using words, reading, speaking to the mind and will that end up being intellectual and not speaking to those we want to reach.  Continue reading

The richness of expository preaching

We have just run a series of 13 articles on the subject of justice. These all sprang from a sermon on Proverbs 21.  That one sermon prompted 13 articles reminds us of two things. First of all, it reminds us of one of the reasons why we run the faithroots website, there is a limit to how much you can cover in one single 30-minute sermon. We encourage Bearwood Chapel members to follow up Sunday teaching by using faithroots as a resource, by doing personal study picking up recommended reading, through 1-1, family and small group conversation and by prayerful obedient application to daily life. Continue reading

The simplest Bible Study

Bible studies come in different shapes and sizes. Often study leaders face them with a certain level of fear and trepedation. We are not sure where to start so we do one of two things. Either we

1. Rely on a pre-prepared study in a book. Or…

2. We prepare a monologue where we talk to the group.

I want to suggest two very simple questions that we use in our home group and which mean any group can study the Bible together. Continue reading

Exegeting my own heart

Preachers need to do three types of exegesis

1. We need to clearly understand the text

2. We need to know the congregation we are speaking to

3. We need to be aware of our own hearts.


The third one, exegeting myself, means being aware of where God is challenging us, this includes where he disagrees with and rebukes us but also where he encourages and comforts us. In other words, I pray “Lord speak to me that I may speak…”  It means being aware of where my biases, hobby horses, cultural assumptions etc are.

Here are some things that might help us to do this. Continue reading

Preaching Revelation: Preaching Long, Preaching for eternity

When we preach, we are constantly thinking about how we apply Scripture to our lives today. What does a Bible passage have to say about what we should be doing as a church family? How does the main application help me to think about the week ahead at home and work? This is good and right. However, as I’ve looked at Revelation, I’ve been struck by the challenge of preaching which applies God’s Word to our eternal future. Continue reading