Posts tagged Evangelism
“O Absalom, my son, my son”.

David ‘the king, deeply moved, went to the chamber over the gate, and wept, “O my son Absalom – my son, my son Absalom – if only I had died in your place! O Absalom my son, my son!”’ (2 Samuel 18:33)

The inward pain of the spiritual loss of a child remains immense.  It is deeply hurtful.  It weighs so heavily on Christian parents, becoming a burden robbing them of joy, freedom in ministry, comfort and spiritual rest. 

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Struck off

Missioning recently in Oxford, I paused at the spot on Broad Street where Hugh Ridley, Bishop Latimer and Archbishop Cramner were burned at the stake in 1555.  Just a few yards away Martyrs Memorial, which towers imposingly over the shoppers, silently testifies as a permanent reminder of their courageous stand for truth.  They refused to be intimidated by the powers that be, or their employers in the ecclesiastical system. 

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Preaching the Word

I remember hearing Baroness Margaret Thatcher speak for 75 minutes without notes, in Leeds Town Hall.  It was an impressive performance.  I’ve spent many a happy time in my youth on Blackpool promenade and Porthcawl beach listening to men with the gift of the gab persuade their listeners to buy watches or china that really they did not need.  I love sitting in the public gallery of a High Court enthralled as a barrister, bedecked with gown and wig, presents his summation to to judge and jury. 

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Rachel mourning and she cannot be comforted.

By Roger Carswell - In my private prayers for our nation I often wonder whether revival could come to our nation when such wickedness is happening in our NHS week after week.  One fifth of all pregnancies in the UK end in abortion.  Britain has some of the most ‘liberal’ (rather, evil) laws in the world.  200,000 babies a year are aborted here, out of the 40-50 million worldwide. Is our apparent lack of fruit in evangelism and the general declining congregations in most churches connected with the fact that the people we are seeking to reach, willingly go along with a gross act of evil, rarely even thinking that they are wrong or that our nation is rejecting God who both gives life, and who has given us word? 

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