They asked me to voice the introductory video, I think, because reedy nasal whining is very now. So in this video I attempt the word “Mommy” and MLK’s “I have a dream” speech. Both were bold undertakings. I found “mommy” harder.
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Union with Christ is “everywhere in Paul’s letters but almost nowhere in our churches.” Rory Shiner wants to fix that and “One Forever” is a terrific tool for the job.
In 77 – count em – 77 pages of crystal clear, garden fresh prose Shiner takes us from creation to new creation, demonstrating the centrality of union with Christ.
The material began life as a series of talks to students (see here **) and that origin shows in its relaxed tone and lively humour. He manages to quote from (among others) Athanasius, Gregory of Nazianzus, Karl Barth and John Owen while maintaining a light touch and a simplicity of delivery.
The chapters are as follows:
1. Glory be to God for dappled things: creation
2. Into the far country: incarnation
3. In Christ you are a new creation: salvation
4. Before the throne of God above: justification
5. In which we face some playground bullies: union and sin
6. United to the body of Christ: church
7. Union with Christ, resurrection and the end of the world
Time and again Shiner returns to an illustration I’ll be nicking forthwith – the airplane. See here:
At various points the plane illustration helps him explain salvation, assurance and justification in such helpful ways.
Think about salvation… when you’re in – what happens to the plane, happens to you.
Think about assurance… if you’re in the plane it doesn’t matter how full of confidence or doubts you are, you’re gonna get home.
Think about justification… we’re not interested in some legal fiction of imputed ‘air miles’ – if you’re “in” you’ve actually arrived!
The book is rich and warm and my only criticism is it’s over far too quickly. Please can we have more of such books that grapple with the core of our faith in fresh and engaging ways!
** I know what every cricket fan will say… yes he does bear a striking resemblance to Ricky Ponting. But try to get over that, ok? Let’s be grownups please.
Last week I heard Leon Sims’ pure nard on Church: where heaven meets earth.
Later that day, Steve (Woody) Nichols preached on Galatians 4: A choice of religions. DOWNLOAD HERE.
Are you a minister? Don’t mind being called Eccentric? Can you cope with the company of Steve Levy? And his brother Paul? Would you like to hear from Paul Blackham, David Meredith and Pete Woodcock? Could you find an hour’s worth of distraction while I do my zany-kids-TV-presenter-schtick?
Then do I have a conference for you!
Come along – love to see you there.
I received my copy in the post on Saturday and spent a very enjoyable half an hour pouring over Jason’s “graphic guide to the life of Jesus.” The book takes you from the birth of Jesus through His encounters with the religious, the irreligious, sin, sickness, storms, Satan and death. It finishes with an offer of Christ.
The best thing about the book is the towering, constant, kind presence of Jesus. On every page He topples our oppressors and lifts up the bowed down. There’s something about the boldness of a comic format that can uniquely portray the “heroic” to Jesus. And when we turn to the cross – ah – glory! Very moving indeed.
In the words of the publisher, here’s a book for “non-booky people of all ages… particularly teenagers and students. Faithful, fun and imaginative, it gives a fresh, innovative twist to the greatest story ever told. Great for giving away at evangelistic events or as a gift.”
Paul Blackham’s Men’s Weekend Talks for City Evangelical Church, Leeds:
Beginning With Jesus
The Difference Jesus makes…
Go here and download the row of files second from bottom
1. The Word Made Flesh (John 1)
2. The Coming of the Light (John 9)
3. The Triumph of Life (John 11)
4. The Doorway to Eternity (John 17)
5. The Way of Discipleship (John 21)
A recent LTS conference:
The importance of Adam in the Bible, the Church and the World: