At our service tonight focussing on the life of Charles Spurgeon I closed by sharing the words of his hymn ‘Sweetly the holy hymn’ (see below), which I discovered in a 1933 Methodist Hymnal this week. I hadn’t realised that Spurgeon, most noted for his preaching, also wrote some hymns. In fact Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle produced ‘Our Own… Read More Hymns of Spurgeon
I’ve been pressing on with my preaching theme of notable saints from the past: Isaac Watts (the great hymn writer), Corrie Ten Boom (the Nazi holocaust survivor), John Calvin (the Reformation theologian) and most recently George Whitefield (eighteenth century preacher and revivalist). It is said of Whitefield that in his final sermon in September 1770, in New Hampshire,… Read More You have the words of eternal life
Here’s my Pentecost Sunday closing benediction for tomorrow. Cannot remember where I found it, but I quite like it: Go out into the world, and labour to bring forth new life. Dream dreams, pursue visions and speak of God’s goodness in the words of those who would hear. And may the God who breathed life… Read More Dream dreams, pursue visions
I’ve been doing some research into the Waldensians this week. They were originally a 12th century evangelical movement that began in the context of Catholicism, but was rejected by successive popes and suffered severe persecution from church and state, before and after the Reformation. It was Waldo of Lyons (1140-1217) who believed in the value… Read More The Waldensians
Francis of Assisi’s medieaval life of simplicity, prayerfulness, evangelism and love of nature was the embodiment of the new life he had encountered in Christ. He allegedly received the stigmata in 1224, two years prior to his death. He apparently tried to hide the marks but his friars could not help but notice his bleeding… Read More Francis of Assisi and stigmata
The new preaching series got underway on Sunday as we start to consider some of the past lives of Christians who have shaped our faith and give us the incentive to pursue living for God in our own times. These past saints cheer us on from their heavenly grandstand, according to the imagery of Hebrews 12:1-3. First up: the… Read More Oh that I had wings like a dove!