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Thursday Thoughts: ….

Silence!

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So, this bodes well, doesn’t it? Continue reading →

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The Parables of Jesus: Lost Sheep and Lost Coin

It’s week 3 of our summer series on the parables of Jesus this week. And this week we’re thinking together about two stories Jesus told with something in comon: the parable of the lost sheep and the parable of the lost coin.

You can read the parables here, and here are some questions that might help you think, reflect and pray about them:

  1. Have you ever got lost? And/or, have you ever lost something and worried that it was lost forever? What was the “found” feeling like?
  2. Why do you think the Pharisees objected to Jesus welcoming the “tax collectors and sinners” and eating with them?
  3. Jesus says there’s rejoicing over sinners who “repent”. What do you think repenting means? Why is it so important to Jesus?
  4. In both these stories, the “finders” are desperate to find the one sheep or coin that they’ve lost, even though they have plenty of others left. What does it say about God that he devotes so much energy to finding even just one lost person?
  5. As Christians, we often think of ourselves as having been “found”. But are there still ways that we’re sometimes lost and need to be found?

Please share any of your answers to these questions, or any other thoughts or reflections about these parables in the comments below. And join us at 10:45 on Sunday morning as we worship, explore these parables and share Communion together!

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Thursday Thoughts: worshipping in the darkness

I was going to write something about the seemingly-relentless series of terrorist attacks over the last few weeks in France and Germany. But I’m struggling with what to say: it just seems like an unending series of atrocities, each one adding to the sense that the world, or at least our part of the world, is going to hell in a handcart. Continue reading →

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The Parables of Jesus week 2: 3 Kingdom Parables

Pearls

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This Sunday is the 2nd week of our series looking at the parables of Jesus. We’re looking at three of the parables about the Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus told in Matthew’s Gospel; you can find them here. And here are some questions to help you think, reflect and pray about them: Continue reading →

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Thursday Thoughts: Greenfield Church’s 40th Anniversary

Thursday Thoughts is a new weekly series where, each Thursday, I’ll share something that’s going on in my head that I hope will be helpful for you. Hope you enjoy – please share your thoughts in the comments!

We’re nearing the end of a hugely hectic spring and summer of celebrations of our 40th anniversary; 40 years since Urmston Baptist & Congregational Churches became Greenfield Church! Continue reading →

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The Parables of Jesus week 1: The Good Samaritan

This Sunday, we begin our Summer series of services, where we take a few weeks out to look at a particular theme. The aim is to make these a bit more informal: less of me preaching and more a chance for us all to explore the particular passages and what they might mean for us together. Continue reading →

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The blog is back…

So, yeah, it’s been a while (2 years to be precise…). And I’d love to give an excuse for why this blog hasn’t appeared since 2014 – server problems, computer problems, freakish internet outages in Urmston every time I wanted to post… Continue reading →

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