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Salvation by allegiance alone

Salvation by allegiance alone

By Steve Jeffery, 15 Jul 2017

There's an interesting introduction here to Matthew W. Bates' book Salvation by Allegiance Alone. It's a podcast interview between the author and Scot McKnight. Worth a listen....

Help with your Hebrew, step 1

Help with your Hebrew, step 1

By Steve Jeffery, 14 Jul 2017

It's the time of year when theological students have finished their exams and have a few months to forget everything they've learned since September. And the first thing to disappear from the mind of the average student is the large stack of Hebrew vocabulary and...

Calls to worship

Calls to worship

By Steve Jeffery, 14 Jul 2017

I was reading through Robert I. Vasholz's excellent book Calls to Worship, which prompted me to look again at the liturgical responses we use at the start of our services at Emmanuel. With the help of Vasholz, we now have a set of ten call-and-response...

What is the Call to Worship?

What is the Call to Worship?

By Steve Jeffery, 13 Jul 2017

The “Call to Worship” is the first formal element of our service of worship at Emmanuel. But what does it mean? And what is it for? There's a great deal of very helpful reflection on this question in a little book by Robert I. Vasholz entitled...

The commissioning of the Chelashaw family

The commissioning of the Chelashaw family

By Steve Jeffery, 10 Jul 2017

Yesterday we had the tremendous privilege of commissioning Kip' and Rachel Chelashaw and their children Elijah, Ezra, Susanna and Bethany, as they prepare to leave the UK at the end of August to plant a church in Nairobi, Kenya. Kip' is a native of Kenya,...

Seminar 5: The Authority and Canon of Scripture

Seminar 5: The Authority and Canon of Scripture

By Steve Jeffery, 05 Jul 2017

Module T1.1 Introduction and the Doctrine of Revelation Seminar 5: The Authority and Canon of Scripture Introduction Having considered the theme of natural revelation (God’s revelation in the created world) last time, we continue our study of the doctrine of revelation in this seminar with special revelation (God’s...

What's the hottest thing in the contemporary church?

What's the hottest thing in the contemporary church?

By Steve Jeffery, 04 Jul 2017

This article from Tim Challies made me smile. Here are a few extracts: According to a new study by Gallup, the hottest thing at church today is not the worship and not the pastor. It’s not the smoke and lights and it’s not the hip and relevant youth...

Abortion and moral schizophrenia

Abortion and moral schizophrenia

By Steve Jeffery, 03 Jul 2017

Last Saturday, we read about the heartbreaking case of the youngest victim of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Logan Gomes. The child of Marcio and Andreia Gomes, Logan was as yet unborn when the fire struck. His mother Andreia was taken to hospital following her escape,...

How would you impress a Queen?

How would you impress a Queen?

By Steve Jeffery, 29 Jun 2017

When the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon at one of the high points of Israel’s history, she was overwhelmed – literally, “she was breathless” with amazement (1 Kings 10:5). But what was it that so amazed her? In part, it was “all the wisdom of Solomon”...

How to fail in the pursuit of godliness

How to fail in the pursuit of godliness

By Steve Jeffery, 21 Jun 2017

I want to say a few words about a common way in which we often fail to grow in godliness. As it happens, parents also sometimes make a similar mistake in raising their children, with the result that their kids go off the rails as...

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