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Liturgical differences

Liturgical differences

By Steve Jeffery, 25 Apr 2018

In every congregation, there will be differences of opinion in relation to what we might call "liturgical practice". He raises his hands during the singing (somtimes); she doesn't. They raise their hands during the prayers, but you don't want to. She kneels to confess her...

Deep Exegesis - videos now online

Deep Exegesis - videos now online

By Steve Jeffery, 20 Apr 2018

Earlier this week we hosted Dr Peter Leithart for a conference on the subject of Deep Exegesis. The videos are now online, and you can watch them below. (Apologies for the missing ending in the first lecture, and for the slight glitches in the other three....

Talking about prayer

Talking about prayer

By Steve Jeffery, 12 Mar 2018

I recently had a chance to participate in a discussion on prayer on Justin Brierley's Unbelievable show on Premier Radio. The show was aired last weekend, and you can listen online here....

Teenagers and the smartphone beast

Teenagers and the smartphone beast

By Steve Jeffery, 09 Jan 2018

According to this recent article in The Atlantic, teenage promiscuity is decreasing. Apparently there is a general “decline in dating” which also “tracks with a decline in sexual activity.” The figures are startling: The drop is the sharpest for ninth-graders, among whom the number...

Recipes and readings for Advent (4)

Recipes and readings for Advent (4)

By Steve Jeffery, 23 Dec 2017

One of our members at Emmanuel in London, Lucie Brear, has compiled a fantastic collection of recipes and suggested Scripture readings for advent. If you want to discover a traditional English way to prepare for Christmas, then just read on! ...

Recipes and readings for Advent (3)

Recipes and readings for Advent (3)

By Steve Jeffery, 16 Dec 2017

One of our members at Emmanuel in London, Lucie Brear, has compiled a fantastic collection of recipes and suggested Scripture readings for advent. If you want to discover a traditional English way to prepare for Christmas, then just read on! I'll post...

Recipes and readings for Advent (2)

Recipes and readings for Advent (2)

By Steve Jeffery, 08 Dec 2017

One of our members at Emmanuel in London, Lucie Brear, has compiled a fantastic collection of recipes and suggested Scripture readings for advent. If you want to discover a traditional English way to prepare for Christmas, then just read on! I'll post them here one...

Recipes and readings for Advent (1)

Recipes and readings for Advent (1)

By Steve Jeffery, 29 Nov 2017

One of our members at Emmanuel, Lucie Brear, has compiled a fantastic collection of recipes and suggested Scripture readings for Advent. What a great way to prepare for the coming of Christmas! I'll post them here one week at a time. Here's the first: Stir Up...

Did Hebrew poetry rhyme?

Did Hebrew poetry rhyme?

By Steve Jeffery, 20 Nov 2017

It's quite often said that Hebrew poetry doesn't rhyme - or, at least, that it's not characterised by rhyme in the same way as some modern western styles of poetry. Instead, we're told, Hebrew poetry relies on parallelism and rhythm and so on. Of course,...

How does the kingdom grow?

How does the kingdom grow?

By Steve Jeffery, 20 Nov 2017

Yesterday's sermon was on Habakkuk chapter 2, which touches (among other things) on the growth of the Kingdom of God throughout history. This growth arises in part from the impact that following Christ has on the way that all of us go about our daily...

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