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Look to Jesus

Look to Jesus (Hebrews 12.1-2) The second part of a sermon preached at Pleshey on 19/03/14 to mark the 20th anniversary of Ministry Today This morning I want to direct your attention to the familiar words of Hebrews 12.-2: “Let us run with perseverance the face that is set before ...

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The challenge of assimilation: keeping and not just attracting

The challenge of Assimilation: Keeping and not just attracting Ministry Today 62 (Summer 2014) 7-13 We are very fortunate as a church. There is never a Sunday when we do not have visitors. Some are ‘out of town’ visitors who are perhaps spending the weekend with friends. Some live locally, ...

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A call to excellence

A CALL TO EXCELLENCE Excellence: ‘the quality of being outstanding or extremely good’ (Oxford Online Dictionary) Society applauds excellence. Businesses present awards for excellence to encourage the pursuit of excellence amongst its employees. Universities proudly set up centres of excellence. Porsche markets its cards through its magazine, Excellence. Excellence is ...

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Church Alive in China

CHURCH ALIVE IN CHINA! Baptist Ministers Journal 319 (July 2013) 17-22 China is an incredible country, where so much lies under the surface – quite literally. Here I have in mind not just the great terra-cotta army of more than 7,500 warriors buried just a few miles away from the ...

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What does it mean to be an inclusive church?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN INCLUSIVE CHURCH? ARE GAYS WELCOME AT CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH, CHELMSFORD? A presentation given by Paul Beasley-Murray 14 April 2013 Where do we stand as a church on ‘inclusivity’? I believe that as a church we need to give some hard thought to our ...

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A surprise wedding

A SURPRISE WEDDING Ministry Today 59 (Autumn 2013) 3-6 Last Sunday afternoon we had a surprise wedding. Over 120 guests came to church for what they thought was a tea party, but to their surprise their hosts announced that they were getting married – there and then! Even more of ...

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Treasure in Clay Pots

Treasure in Clay Pots Ministry Today 54 (Spring 2012) 5-10 This sermon was preached at Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford, in July 2011 at a service of infant dedication. Geoff and Amanda, I wonder, what kind of parties your Zachary will be into in future years? Our children have particularly liked ...

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A Short Two-Week Lectionary for Ministers

A retreat LECTIONARY Every visit I have made to Sheldon has proved to be a stimulating and energising experience. I have greatly appreciated the opportunity stand back from the pressures of ministry, and as a result gain a new perspective on how God would have me live for Him. Sheldon ...

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A Place to Belong (Editorial)

A Place to Belong Ministry Today 54 (Spring 2012) 3-4 Over the years I have experimented with a variety of ‘strap lines’ for our church in Chelmsford. At one stage, for instance, stated on church publicity were the words, Central Baptist Church – going Christ’s way and making disciples. Perhaps ...

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Encourage Your Minister

ENCOURAGE YOUR MINISTER Ministry Today 55 (Summer 2012) 3-5 In Double Cream (Monarch 1988), an anthology of Christian witticism collected by Stephen Gaukroger and Nick Mercer, there is a wonderful piece on the results of encouraging one’s minister:- It may be that you don’t like your church’s minister. Well here ...

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