The rise and (down)fall of Modern Spirituality

Modern spirituality claims that it is possible to know God through a variety of ways: whether it be a spiritual encounter, private conviction or an angelic spirit-guide. God is like buying groceries – it doesn’t really matter which supermarket you shop at, as long as you get bare essentials.  Some people might prefer Spar,  or […]

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The Christians’ struggle with sin

Often as Christians we’re discouraged by sin in our lives.  We’ve come to faith in Jesus, we’ve received the gift of the Holy Spirit and we want to life lives that honour God. And yet we still lose our temper, still succumb to sexual sin, still covet our neighbour’s donkey or BMW, still tell lies, […]

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Perspective – Generosity

“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:18) The words quoted above are part of Paul’s closing instruction to Timothy and are directed to those who are “rich in this present world” (6:17). We may think that these words don’t apply […]

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Presiding Bishop Newsletter October 2017

Tomorrow we celebrate one of historys most momentous events. The Protestant Reformation. In October 1517 Martin Luther lodged a protest against an almost pagan Medieval Roman Church that has continued to have a ripple effect into our 21st century. Martin Luther and the other Reformers rediscovered the Biblical doctrines of grace that have become the heartcry […]

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Perspective – True Freedom

“If the Son sets you free you will be free indeed” John 8:36 This October we celebrate 49 years of God’s grace at St James. How thankful we can be for all that the Lord has done, as we trust Him for future blessings. In the Bible the number 7 and its multiples are important […]

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Does your church talk about sin?

Gurmeet Ram Rahim is a charismatic Indian guru known as one of the so-called Indian godmen. These godmen, who follow a strain of Hinduism, have a high-profile presence, have thousands of devotees, and claim to possess paranormal powers.  They claim to have attained a higher level of spirituality. It turns out that he and his […]

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Perspective – A Delicate Balance

“Fear God, honour the King.” 1 Peter 2:17 The words quoted above form part of the Apostle Peter’s exhortation to his readers that, by their good deeds, they should be witnesses for Christ before a watching and sometimes even hostile world. In such a world, Christians were (and are) misunderstood and misrepresented. Peter’s deep concern […]

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Bishop Glenn Lyons’ Charge – 2017

To view and download a PDF version of the Charge click here.  Presiding Bishop’s Charge Synod 2017 Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It is a great privilege for me to be bringing the Synod Charge on this historic anniversary year. Next month we commemorate the 500th […]

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Perspective – A lesson from Barnabas

I’m sure at some point in your life you have earned a nickname. If it was anything like some of the nicknames I collected throughout High School, they may not be names you are that proud of! However, at the end of Acts Ch 4, we read of a man named Joseph, who was given […]

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Perspective – The Cross Shaped Life

If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” Mark 8:34 These rightly famous words were spoken by Jesus at a key moment within His public ministry. Up until this point, Jesus’ ministry had been characterised by clear demonstrations of His great power and authority – […]

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