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Sermon Notes (Acts 12:1-25) …. thanks for having us Bazz!



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How to get deleted from an atheist forum (John Dickson)

How to get deleted from an atheist forum (John Dickson)

The result of posting a simple argument …. “atheism cannot provide a logical warrant for love of all humankind”

Where do our kids learn self-discipline?

In our culture, it’s probably fair to say that discipline is not a highly valued characteristic.  It seems so modernist, so dull and so cultish.  However, when we read the Bible, self-discipline seems somewhat central to godly living –

  • Self-discipline in training oneself to be godly: 1Timothy 4:7; Romans 13:14; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Col 3:12; 2 Timothy 1:7; Heb 5:14; 12:1
  • Discipline in speech: Psalms 141:3; James 3:2-12
  • Discipline in behaviour: Romans 14:20-21
  • Physical discipline 1 Cor 9:27; Ephesians 4:22; Col 3:5; James 3:2

I gather Christian parents ought to be the first people to teach their children self-discipline.  However, I have noticed that outside of families, who has the seemingly monopoly on teaching self-discipline to our kids?  It seems to be our sporting clubs, and in particular, our martial arts clubs.  I wonder why in my life time, churches have never held the mantle of “being the place where our kids learn self-discipline”?

Maybe they ought not be, but I wonder what it would be like if they were?  And what would it look like?

That Jude Sermon!

Eric and Ali teaching Jude (pic by B McLean

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of doing a tag-team teaching of Jude at SPCH.  Together with our resident expert on Jude, Ali Robinson (currently mid-way through her phD in Jude), we worked our way through the letter.  It was a blast to do and I’ve uploaded it for your listening pleasure!

Ali and Eric teaching Jude at 5pm 

Ali and Eric teaching Jude at 7pm (with question time)