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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...

More on the Minor Prophets

More on the Minor Prophets

By Steve Jeffery, 27 Oct 2017

Next Sunday, we're having another Sunday Afternoon Bible Study at Emmanuel. We’re going to be looking at the so-called “Minor Prophets” – that collection of twelve shortish (hence “Minor”) books at the end of the Old Testament (from Hosea to Malachi) which tend to get...

The Minor Prophets Quiz

The Minor Prophets Quiz

By Steve Jeffery, 26 Oct 2017

On Sunday 5 November, we're having a special Sunday Afternoon Bible Study at Emmanuel, looking at the Minor Prophets. That's right, all of them. To kick off the afternoon, we're going to have a little quiz. Complete with prizes. Here's how it works: Below you'll find a...

Doctrine of God, Seminar 2: The names of God

Doctrine of God, Seminar 2: The names of God

By Steve Jeffery, 04 Oct 2017

Module T1.2 The Doctrine of God Seminar 1: Images of God Introduction We’re continuing our study of the doctrine of God in this seminar by looking at chapter 3 of Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, volume 2. Bavinck lived from 1854 to 1921, and is a rare example of...

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