Category Archives: bible

  1. The well-led, well-fed church

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    19/04/2016 by Chris Green

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    One weakness in much preaching today is that it is quite individually applied, and in a way that can be transplanted from one church to another without too much difficulty. It is not focussed enough on a particular congregation, and therefore lacks the force to move that church to better obedience.

  2. Two gifts, and a double helping for pastors

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    16/04/2016 by Chris Green

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    In Paul’s mind the potential elder must show a double gifting from Romans 12: an ability to teach must be partnered to an ability to lead.

  3. Leading and feeding the church – how are they related?

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    14/04/2016 by Chris Green

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    Churches, like any human organisation, cannot operate long-term as shapeless, improvised groupings. And even though an occasional New Testament scholar will suggest that the first few decades of the church had an exciting, free-form style, which only much later hardened into a hierarchy, when we turn to the New Testament, we can see that the experience of the very first Christians was much more complex.

  4. What happens before, and what happens after, a sermon

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    24/02/2016 by Chris Green

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    Every so often I go away on a conference to sharpen my preaching skills – in fact, I’m on one …
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  5. When the passage is just too hard: ten tips for preaching the really tough stuff

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    04/02/2016 by Chris Green

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    This week has given me the preacher’s headache: a really, really difficult passage.  One of those ones where the commentaries …
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  6. ‘Just’ teach the Bible? Pause first

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    11/01/2016 by Chris Green

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    ‘I just teach the Bible.’, he said, glaring at me.  In a tone that was slightly defiant, slightly challenging, and …
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  7. “Don’t (mis)quote that Bible at me” #leadingwithcancer

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    04/01/2016 by Chris Green

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    I’ve had it with the Bible being quoted at me.  Or, to be more accurate, I’ve had it when I …
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