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Shepherding our Thoughts to the Good Shepherd

This morning I was struck by an expression in a sermon of one of our most renowned Apostolic preachers, Ian Macpherson. It wasn’t the point of the sermon at all, yet it expressed not only what Ps Macpherson was doing in that particular sermon (‘Jesus is the Atonement’, in None Other Name [London: Epworth Press, 1946], pp.77-84), but also a great deal more about the work of preaching and the nature of pastoral ministry. For, what Ps Macpherson was seeking to do was ‘to shepherd your thoughts’ to Christ and His atoning work. Preaching is not merely the transmission of facts. Nor is preaching the stirring up of emotions. Preaching is a shepherding of the thoughts, and so a shepherding of the heart and soul. That is why preaching is the great work of the pastor. We live in an age where pastors are constantly tempted to shepherd actions. We might shepherd actions to conform to a vision, or to conform to a moral principle, or to conform to the needs of the team. But, as one of our gre

Prosperity, Health, Suffering, and Sickness: Some Contemporary Charismatic Lessons from the Fourth Century

I am a firm believer in teaching from classical theological texts. We have an amazing array of contemporary texts at our disposal, and some wonderful textbooks, but if we limit ourselves to those, we miss out on so much. Today, I’ve been working through one of Gregory of Nazianzus’ orations with my students at the university, and it’s thrilling to see what they pick up on from a fourth century text. Oration 14 ( On Love of the Poor ) is a text I’d love to work through with Pentecostal/Charismatic pastors (or future pastors). It’s an incredibly easy to read and follow piece, even though it was written over 1600 years ago. But not only is it a comparatively “easy” ancient text, it’s also one that’s full of contemporary relevance, and particularly so in the charismatic world. While there is so much to learn from Gregory’s knowledge and use of Scripture, his connection of worship, evangelism, and social action, his understanding of the Christian life, and the implications he draws

A Pentecostal Interview on the Bible: Phil Coleman & Tim Jack

Phil Coleman is the teaching pastor at Sunnyhill Church (our Poole assembly), and here he interviews Tim Jack, National Leader of the Apostolic Church in the UK on the Bible. They talk about things like love for God's Word, how to start off reading the Bible as a new believer, reading the Bible out of delight rather than duty, and how Jesus is the very centre of God's Word from beginning to end. As Tim says, Jesus 'is present on every page, in every chapter, of every book' of the Bible (approximately 6 minutes and 50 seconds into the video). Conversation with Tim Jack from Sunnyhill Media on Vimeo . If you can't see the video above, you can watch it at the link here .